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Cortland City Council Holding Hearing Tonight Permitting Mobile Ice Cream Trucks
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Cortland City Council Holding Hearing Tonight Permitting Mobile Ice Cream Trucks
The Cortland City Council is holding a public hearing tonight on a proposed change in local law that would allow mobile ice cream trucks to operate within the City.
 
The hearing is scheduled for 6:40 tonight, the public can weigh in and tell City leaders how they feel about allowing ice cream tucks to operate legally.
 
Current city code does not allow for mobile vending trucks, even though the city code does allow for mobile food push carts and outdoor hotdog concessions.
 
Opponents of mobile food business say they undercut fixed based business owners who pay higher taxes which support the community. 
 
The proposed ordinance would require that the mobile ice cream vendors stay 1500 feet from a fixed base business selling ice cream and 500 feet from schools a half hour before and after classes.
 
The proposed local law does not address other mobile food operations, the City of Ithaca recently created a permit and lottery system for mobile food vendors to due demand from mobile food vendors. Ithaca's policy also sets up regulations for trash control and signage.
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