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New Ordinance Gives Carthage Food Trucks More Freedom

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CARTHAGE, MISSOURI -

The city of Carthage is hopping on board with the food truck movement, unanimously passing an ordinance to regulate their operation within city limits.

"I think now people are focusing more on thoughtful, careful food, thoughtful craft beer, thoughtful careful craft arts in the community and music and things like that. So it's kind of a local movement. So I guess it was kind of born out of that, the desire to provide that kind of an outlet,” says Carthage City Councilman Larry Chapin.

Currently “The Lunch Box Truck” is the only food truck in town.

Owner Caleb Styles says "I pretty much just set up on private properties right now and then if I did want to go anywhere I'd have to talk to the city council and the mayor and get permission.”

The mayor says “The Lunchbox Truck” was never operating illegally. There were just never any regulations for food trucks put in place. The owner says the new ordinance will help to make his new business more legitimate.

Styles says "I can just wake up in the morning and drive over to where I want to go for that day. As long as it's not in those zoning ordinances, doesn't mess with that. Because there's a few areas that I can't go."

The ordinance requires food trucks to have a city license, which will allow them to roam around town day to day and temporarily park on city streets. Officials hope it'll give them more freedom and eventually attract more vendors to the area.

Chapin says "It's not something that happens right away, but overtime you'll get interested parties that see it’s open for business and they'll come in and the process is very easy to come in and get licensed. So ultimately I think it will attract more food truck vendors and things like that."

Among many new rules, the ordinance requires written authorization from the city council to set up within a city park and mandates that food trucks comply with health code regulations.

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