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Changes could be coming for those who operate food trucks in Joplin area

Some changes could be coming for those who operate food trucks in the Joplin area.

City council members will soon take a final vote on an ordinance that aims to update the food truck policy.

Laney McGriff is the owner of Tac O The Town food truck, known for her Korean barbecue tacos.

"A food truck is a completely different animal than a brick and mortar restaurant," McGriff said. "It's a different environment."

A different dining experience that comes with a lot of work.

"There's a lot to it," McGriff said.  "You can't just throw something together and have a food truck. You have to follow all the regulations. This is a rolling kitchen."

Some changes in operation could soon be coming to vendors like Tac O The Town.

City officials are currently working on establishing a new food truck code.

"It talks about how to sell food, has to be mobile, has to have a kitchen to report back to on a daily basis," said Ryan Talken, Assistant Director for the Joplin Health Department. "It talks about the type of equipment needed."

Talken says the current food code in Joplin is vague in regards to food trucks.

"It didn't really lay out any true guidelines on it," Talken said.

McGriff says establishing an updated code, paves the way for more possible changes to food truck policy in the future, such as less restrictions on where she can park.

"It's heading that direction," she said.

Talken says the food code ordinance has already sparked some discussion among other city departments.

With proper health codes in place, he says more food truck business could benefit the community.

"If they're making safe food, everybody wins," Talken said.

"It's progress," McGriff said. "All the urban cities have food trucks."

Food trucks in Joplin are currently allowed at temporary events and must have a written contract with the property owner.
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