On Tuesday, Morgantown City Council agreed to put a proposed ordinance regulating street venders, including food trucks, on the back burner, for now.
Council has proposed two ordinances; one would limit the sales of food and produce from carts on downtown sidewalks. The ordinance said that no venders can set up on the sidewalks in downtown business district between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.
The other would govern food trucks that do business from downtown parking spaces. This ordinance says that venders may only set up in parking spots registered to specific vendors between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. All registered spots will be at least 50-feet away from a business, and they are required to contain all trash within 50-feet of their assigned parking space. No venders will be allowed at the Courthouse Plaza, or on the 300 block of High Street.
One local hotdog vender said he has set up in the same area for almost 17 years.
"They passed an ordinance where I couldn't set up on the sidewalk, but I could set up in the parking spot beside the sidewalk where I already setup, which would be fine. Other than that, I think it's a safety issue which I brought to their attention," said hot dog vender Joe Stone.
Council tabled the food truck ordinance. The sidewalk vendor ordinance will go into effect on January 1st.