Ripon ex­plor­ing op­tions on food trucks

Manteca Bulletin - - Front Page - By VINCE REMBULAT

Food trucks may or may not be right for Ripon.

The City Coun­cil di­rected staff to ex­plore such op­tions at Tues­day ’s monthly ses­sion.

“I think the topic is worth pur­su­ing,” said Vice Mayor Leo Zu­ber, who re­quested open­ing a di­a­logue on this mo­bile food op­tion.

Cham­ber of Com­merce CEO and Pres­i­dent Ta­mara Spade pro­vided in­for­ma­tion based on a sur­vey con­sist­ing of lo­cal busi­nesses. Her disclaimer was that the Cham­ber had not taken an in­ter­est in this mat­ter ei­ther way.

The sam­ple size — 15 of the 25 re­sponded — did show that most ex­pressed an in­ter­est, be­liev­ing that this could of­fer more din­ing op­tions along­side the brickand-mor­tar food busi­nesses in town.

“The ma­jor­ity were in fa­vor,” she said

They also be­lieved that al­low­ing food trucks in

Ripon could bring in more peo­ple into town, as long as those trucks were parked in des­ig­nated ar­eas (not sit­u­ated in down­town) at, for ex­am­ple, the Mistlin Sports Park, the shop­ping cen­ter along Wilma Av­enue and Main Street, or in the In­dus­trial sec­tion on Third Street.

“These are is­sues that have been float­ing out there for quite a while,” Zu­ber said. “There are a lot of con­cerns — would this harm (busi­ness) for the brick-and-mor­tar mer­chants?”

Food trucks have been around lo­cally for spe­cial events.

Jana and Rob Nairn had a suc­cess­ful go dur­ing the Fourth of July cel­e­bra­tion at Mistlin with their food truck, The Tri-Tipery.

That’s the same food truck mak­ing reg­u­lar stops in Modesto, Merced, Hill­mar and Escalon.

“We’re very re­spect­ful with the brick-and­mor­tar (mer­chants) and be­lieve there could be a bal­ance,” said Jana Nairn, speak­ing on be­half of her busi­ness.

One res­i­dent spoke out against the food trucks due to his ex­pe­ri­ence while liv­ing in Sal­ida.

“We’ll make the right de­ci­sion,” Zu­ber said. “The fact that we’re talk­ing about it — and that’s all we’re do­ing — is good, bad or in­dif­fer­ent.”

He pointed out that his ex­pe­ri­ence dur­ing his time as an elected leader is that changes to an or­di­nance in Ripon comes with a time limit.

“The rec­om­men­da­tion (from staff) might be — don’t mess with this (or­di­nance),” Zu­ber added.

Photo con­trib­uted

The Tri-Tipery food truck had a suc­cess­ful run at the re­cent Fourth of July cel­e­bra­tion in Ripon. The own­ers are hop­ing to be back soon pend­ing changes to the cur­rent or­di­nance.

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