Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - The Rochester City Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing Monday evening concerning proposed changes to a city ordinance regulating food vendors aimed at clearing away some of the obstacles faced by operators of food trucks.

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The current ordinance essentially prohibits the food trucks by barring them from remaining in the same parking space on city streets for longer than 15 minutes. Responding to public support for food trucks, the Council recently directed City Attorney Terry Atkins to develop a draft of revisions that would allow food trucks to conduct business while parked on city streets.

The proposed ordinance would require food truck operators to obtain a license from the city and pay a fee that would be set by the City Council.  A decision on the size of the fee has not been made, but was previously some discussion that the fee could be around $800.

The proposal also would require food truck operators to obey parking regulations and pay to park on streets with meters. Adkins notes there are several key issues that need to be resolved by the Council, including the size of the fee, and whether food trucks can operate in residential areas, adjacent to parks, and on private property.

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