Council Passes Food Truck Legislation

January 24, 2012 Updated Jan 24, 2012 at 7:32 PM EDT

By Allen Leight

January 24, 2012 Updated Jan 24, 2012 at 7:32 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - The long-standing battle between some restaurant owners and operators of mobile food trucks has all but come to an end.

Tuesday the Buffalo Common Council voted to approve regulations that allow from the "Mobile Food Vehicle Vendors" to operate within the city.

Under the newly established rules, food trucks must abide by the following restrictions:

- Must stay at least 100 feet from any building that has a restaurant with an open kitchen.

- Must stay at least 500 feet from any city-sanctioned festival or event.

- Must remain at least 100 feet from any hot dog vendor operating under a city license.

These rules do apply in the downtown business district, which already has its own rules in place.

Food truck operators will be forced to shell out $1000 for an annual operating licence and are required to carry a measuring wheel on-board at all times to ensure they are not in violation of distance requirements.

"[We are] ready to get out and do business the way that we dreamed it would be. I think the opposing parties will be pleasantly surprised what a smooth transition this will be and how this was a good compromise," said Peter Cimino of Lloyd Taco Truck after the bill was passed.

"I believe this the best legislation that we could come up with, i'm very very happy to propose approving it today and I'm glad that finally we're going have legislation for these guys and bon-a-petit," added bill sponsor and North District Councilmember Joseph Golombek.

The bill passed by a 7-1 vote, with South District Councilmember Michael Kearns voting "no".

Kearns submitted his own version of the ordinance that called for limiting the number of food trucks allowed per city block to one, and lowering the annual license fee to $395.

Mayor Brown has said in the past he would support legislation similar to the bill passed Tuesday. He will have ten days to act on the measure once it hits his office.

Read the entire ordinance by clicking the link under 'Realted Content'.