Low­ell

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six-month one.

There was a gen­eral con­sen­sus two park­ing spots were not enough but no num­ber could be agreed on un­til Mil­ner sug­gested three. Ven­dors and own­ers also were in sup­port of a year­long per­mit.

One of the ven­dors, Hutch Pre­ston, who owns and op­er­ates Pupp’s BBQ food truck, said he wanted the one-year per­mit to pro­vide more se­cu­rity for him and his fam­ily.

“I don’t want to have to find some­where else in six months,” Pre­ston said.

“If I can’t sign a year lease, then I’m go­ing to have to worry in six months what I’m go­ing to do to sup­port my fam­ily.”

Over­all, he said he was pretty happy with the com­mis­sion’s de­ci­sion to ap­prove the or­di­nance. Pre­ston said he op­er­ates in Low­ell oc­ca­sion­ally but usu­ally drives six hours to Smack­over be­cause that’s where he finds a lot of his busi­ness.

The city al­lows a sin­gle food truck to op­er­ate on any

com­mer­cial lot now.

The third would be to clar­ify some of the lan­guage in a sec­tion of the or­di­nance that de­scribes the con­di­tions that would need to be met be­fore some­one would have to get a per­mit to op­er­ate a park in the city.

Mil­ner said he thought the word­ing of the sec­tion could be in­ter­preted that park own­ers could only have two food trucks on their prop­erty when the in­tended mean­ing of it was that if an owner wanted to have two or more food trucks on their prop­erty, they would have to get a per­mit first.

The or­di­nance will be de­cided on by the City Coun­cil tonight but if it passes, it will not take af­fect un­til 30 days later, said Kris Sul­li­van, who is the city’s plan­ning and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment di­rec­tor.

Mayor El­don Long said he had no prob­lem re­view­ing the or­di­nance a year later to go over what is work­ing or not work­ing and al­low the com­mis­sion to tweak it to how it sees fit.

“It’s a great thing try­ing to meet what the com­mu­nity wants by pro­vid­ing this ser­vice,” Long said.

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