RS Council Approves Food Truck Regulation Ordinance

RS Council Approves Food Truck Regulation Ordinance

During the petitions portion of the meeting, Robert Cornman asked the Rock Springs City Council a few questions. SweetwaterNOW photo by Stephanie Thompson

ROCK SPRINGS — After answering a few more questions about the mobile vendor ordinance, the Rock Springs City Council unanimously approved the ordinance on third reading.

An amendment was made to the ordinance allowing it to go into effect on January 1, 2022. This request was made from the city planning department.

“The purpose of this ordinance is to provide regulation of mobile vendors within public and private property to protect the health and safety of city residents and visitors by ensuring mobile vendors follow clear, narrowly tailored regulations that address demonstrable health and safety risks,” city documents state.

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Prior to reading the ordinance for a third and final time, the Council listened to a couple of mobile vendors who just wanted a little more clarification.

Robert Cornman, of Cornman’s Kettle Corn, spoke in favor of the ordinance saying the Council did a “good job” on the ordinance and working with the food truck vendors to make sure the ordinance works for everyone. 

“It’s there to protect us,” Cornman said. “I’m all for it. 

Cornman did have a couple of questions for the Council. He wanted to know if he had to obtain permission for power access if he was at a public event. 

Rock Springs Mayor Tim Kaumo said if vendors are attending a public event, such as the Farmer’s Market, then it would be covered under the event organizers. 

Cornman also wondered how the ordinance would be enforced. He said sometimes out-of-town vendors show up to an event and don’t have a business license, department of health permits, or a vendor’s permit. He wanted to know what they should do.

“It’s kind of a neighborhood watch situation,” Mayor Kaumo said.

He said if there is a vendor not following the ordinance, other vendors can report them and they will be cited for the violation.

Other questions were brought up about why the ordinance didn’t have more information for food trucks about the placement of generators or how loud their music could be. Mayor Kaumo replied that this is a starting point and if issues arise, then the ordinance can be changed to address those. 

Other Business

The Council approved a request from Rock Springs Mayor Tim Kaumo to give a 2021 employee Christmas bonuses. All full-time employees will receive a $500 bonus, while part-time employees will receive a $250 bonus. The bonus will be added to the gross salaries for all qualified full time and permanent part-time employees for the December 7, 2021, payroll.

Under ordinances, the Council read and approved an ordinance called “Transient Merchants, Peddlers and Solicitors.” The amendment removed all of the transient merchant language from the ordinance.