Amherst passes food truck regulations

AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) — After two heated public meetings, Amherst Town Board members have come up with just the right recipe for how to deal with food trucks.

Up to now, food trucks were a gray area in the Amherst law books. There was no category for how to regulate them. But that changed Monday night.

Board members voted unanimously in favor of new rules for food trucks. The mobile businesses will have to pay $400 for a permit their first year and each additional year or a second truck would be $200. If they're operating in a residential neighborhood, they can only be there between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.

No food truck operators were present for the vote, but Amherst Supervisor Dr. Barry Weinstein said, "Their attorney sent us an e-mail just before the meeting saying it was a good compromise. I'm pleased that we showed patience and worked it out."

On another matter, board member Mark Manna moved to end the town's practice of charging certain charity events for police overtime.

"I think it's a good value for the residents in the town to bring people together, bring them out in the neighborhood, make them part of the community by having the town provide police services for these walks," Manna said.

Pat Curtain of Christian Central Academy's "Grace Race" said, "When you're putting on a 5K run, it's to raise funds and there's a lot of worthy organizations to raise funds for."

But the suggestion to drop the fees didn't even get a second vote. Supervisor Barry Weinstein says taxpayers shouldn't be forced to support each event.

"The Ride for Roswell, they're going to pay us back about $9,000. I think the total cost is closer to $14,000. They raise $3.4 million. That makes sense," Dr. Weinstein said.

The charity events that do not have to pay a fee would be those that raise less than a thousand dollars, or any school that is raising money for itself and has had the event in the past.

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