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January 21, 2014

City to consider extended food truck hours

TRAVERSE CITY — The city commission will hold a public hearing today on allowing food truck vendors to operate from 6 a.m. to 3 a.m. on private property in commercial areas.

The proposed change would allow vendors more time to set up in the morning to catch early commuters and stay open late at night to snag the bar crowd. The proposed change in hours engendered little public comment to date and commissioners appeared mostly agreeable.

Commissioners likely will vote on the ordinance change following the public hearing at their meeting today at 7 p.m. in the Governmental Center.

Mayor Michael Estes predicts the most significant aspect of the meeting will be assigning commissioners to two separate committees. One committee will work on a ballot proposal to ask city voters to tap the Brown Bridge Trust Fund for park improvement money. The other committee will work on the contract between the city and National Cherry Festival.

“When you are talking about a ballot proposal, that’s a pretty significant issue,” Estes said.

Trevor Tkach, executive director of the Cherry Festival, said he’s looking forward to working with the three-member committee of commissioners, as opposed to the past practice of negotiating the contract with staff.

“I sense that with all that’s happened with the parks policy it’s appropriate for the commission to review it,” Tkach said. “I’m hoping the process may help or clarify some of the questions or concerns they may have had in the past and in moving forward.”

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