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Government and Politics

Akron considers food trucks
City Council committee to investigate pluses and minuses in allowing trucks on public property.

Mark Urycki
In The Region:

Akron City Council is looking into joining other cities like Canton and Cleveland that have allowed food trucks to sell prepared meals on city streets.  Last night (Mon) City Council heard who was on a committee that will investigate the matter and make a recommendation.

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Right now food trucks are not permitted to operate on public property in Akron.  But after truck owners came to three meetings, council agreed to consider it.  Rules Committee Jeff Fusco will chair a committee with one other councilman.  Also on board is a member of the Akron school board, one from the Downtown Akron Partnership, and a couple local business owners.  No one from the food industry.  Fusco says they need to think about fees, competition for restaurants that have long invested in the city, health inspections, and what areas to permit the trucks . .

"Akron is not Cleveland; we’re not California.  Some neighborhoods it may be a good fit, some neighborhoods maybe not.  Downtown maybe, maybe not. “

Haven’t ice cream trucks have been doing it?

After thinking about it for a minute Fusco said ice cream trucks tend to keep moving while food trucks like to park, and sometimes gather in groups, or “rodeos.” He said the committee will take its time and see how other cities have set the rules before making a recommendation to council.

The investigatory committee will include: 

Councilman Margo Sommerville

Veronica Sims Akron Public School Board

Suzie Graham Downtown Akron Partnership 

Guido DiIorio  Neoshred

John Buntin  Kenmore Komics 

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I think Akron City Council should allow food trucks to in the city. I mean look at Portland OR and Seattle WA people love food trucks!

Posted by: Alex FoodTruckGuy (portlan) on July 11, 2013 1:07AM
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