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Food trucks are coming to Sparks
by Joshua H. Silavent
Feb 27, 2012 | 1499 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SPARKS — The City Council today will consider approving several changes to the municipal code that would allow food trucks to operate in the city and extend the life of special-use permits.

Currently, food trucks and other mobile vendors are not permitted within city limits without first acquiring a temporary-use permit. However, such permits are restrictive in nature, limiting the number of days and places mobile vendors can operate.

“That doesn’t work for what some mobile vendors are trying to do,” City Planner Jim Rundle said at a planning commission meeting last month.

The code amendment would set three primary regulations.

First, mobile vendors will have to acquire a business license. Second, they can only operate on private property. Finally, they cannot operate within 300 feet of an established restaurant with taxable sales.

The City Council will also consider extending the life of a special-use permit to two years from six months in order to give businesses and developers more time and leeway to operate in the current economic slowdown.

Also today, the council is expected to approve the allocation of funds for the city’s biggest special events.

It is the job of the Sparks Tourism & Marketing Committee to allocate these funds.

More than $67,000 will go to the Brand Leadership Team for advertising, posters and signs, a tour for potential special events producers, an appreciation luncheon and public relations contract; $5,000 will go to The Chamber for Star Spangled Sparks; $20,000 to Beach Sports Network for a watercross and beach volleyball event; $10,000 to Expedition Man Endurance Festival for a triathlon; $57,000 to John Ascuaga’s Nugget for Hometowne Farmer’s Market, Star Spangled Sparks and the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off; and $30,000 to Roadshows for Street Vibrations spring and fall rallies.  

The City Council meets at 2 p.m. today in the legislative chambers located at 745 Fourth St.
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