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Rochester City Council looks at clarifying food truck policies

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) –  Rochester City Council members are already thinking about this summer and the return of food truck season on April 1st.

At Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting, Rochester’s City Clerk, Anissa Hollingshead, addressed potential changes to the food truck policy.

She explained there’s a lot of ambiguity in the ordinance, which requires food truck operators to obtain a license, a franchise, and an inspection from the fire department.

Clarifying the requirements could make it easier to open up a food truck.

“It just kind of adds to the street vitality and some of the other goals as a community that Rochester has for developing and growing particularly downtown, and making it a vibrant welcoming place for visitors, residents, employees, et cetera,” Hollingshead said.

Council members decided to create a committee, and work alongside police and fire officials to come up with a food truck ordinance that satisfies safety requirements.

And looking ahead to May, leaders from the Rochester Downtown Farmer’s Market also provided an update for this year’s season.

They’re working to improve parking options and safe crosswalks and to add more healthy eating demonstrations.

Erin O'Brien

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