HUBER HEIGHTS — A request to locate a food truck on Old Troy Pike near Interstate 70 in Huber Heights prompted a number of questions at Monday night’s city council meeting.
R and A Corp. has asked for permission to locate its “El Manantial Latron” exotic Mexican food truck at the Marathon station at 7851 Old Troy Pike south of I-70. The truck would be permanently located on the site.
A public hearing was held at Monday’s meeting during which Assistant City Manager Scott Falkowski explained the request. When he was finished, council members had a number of questions for him.
Glenn Otto noted that the city does not have an ordinance to regulate food trucks and asked about progress on that issue. Falkowski said he hoped the city staff would have an ordinance ready for review by the end of the year.
Janell Smith expressed concerns about additional traffic in the area and alcohol consumption on the site since the food truck would be located next to a convenience store. City Manager Rob Schommer explained that the truck would serve non-alcoholic beverages only and that city open container laws would be enforced at the site.
Richard Shaw then expressed his opposition to the location for the food truck, saying it was too close to the interstate, which would make it one of the first things people see when they came to Huber Heights. He said he didn’t think the city should set a precedent with “a food truck that is permanently attached to a gas station which is already low on parking spots as it is.”
Other council members weren’t so sure. Judy Blankenship said she had mixed feelings about the idea, but generally wanted to support people who are trying to start a new business. Otto also expressed his support for small businesses. Tyler Starline compared the food truck to another local business, the Snow Shack. “Comparing, I guess, a hot tamale versus a snowy Snow Shack, the two in that way are similar in my mind and I’m OK with that.”
The ordinance that would make it possible for the truck to move in was passed onto a second reading and will be further discussed by council.
Also at Monday’s meeting, council:
- Approved an amendment to the city’s zoning code that called for stricter rules for the location of radio, television and cell towers in the city. Council unanimously passed the measure despite opposition from Mayor Tom McMasters, who called the changes “overkill.”
- Approved an amendment to the city’s zoning code that spelled out size and location restrictions for portable storage units. Highlights of the ordinance include restriction of one unit on a property for 30 days, nor more than three times a year; size limit of eight feet high by eight feet wide and 16 feet long; and instructions on where the units can be located in respect to sidewalks, buildings and property lines.
- Passed on to third reading the city’s five-year capital improvements plan. Council opted to wait on approval for the plan after Otto requested time for more discussion and McMasters asked for a “more in-depth” plan.
- Approved a resolution that will allow Service Line Warranties of America to use the city’s logo in conjunction with a water and sewer line warranty program.
- Approved a new five-year lease with the Huber Heights Chamber of Commerce for the use of the Thomas Cloud House, 4704 Brandt Pike, as the chamber office.
- Passed to second reading the ordinance that sets the 2018 budget for the city.
- Approved a contract with Durst Brothers Excavating for $78,950 for the city’s storm water management program.
- Approved a contract with AMEC Foster Wheeler to develop a source water protection plan as required by the Environmental Protection Agency. The plan is required before the city can add an additional water well and provide water softening at the water treatment plan. Cost of the plan is not to exceed $60,000.
- Heard Schommer explain that the city has received a $10,000 grant for filtered hoods for firefighters that reduce their exposure to carcinogenic particles. Schommer also said leaf collection would begin Nov. 6 and a map will be available on the city’s website to show where and when collection will take place.
- Heard from resident Toni Webb about the Ladies for a Strong Huber Heights blanket project. The group is making 157 blankets for first responders to use for victims. Webb invited members of the community to help with the project Nov. 5, 1 p.m. at St. Peters cafeteria.
- Heard Shaw suggest council schedule a joint meeting with the Huber Heights Board of Education to encourage cooperation and share information. Council asked Clerk Anthony Rogers to contact the school board to see if such a meeting could be organized. McMasters suggested that at some point council might want to have a similar meeting with the Bethel Board of Education.
- Was reminded by Starline that Beggars’ Night in Huber Heights is Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m.
- Council also voted to excuse Council Member Mark Campbell’s absence from Monday’s meeting. Campbell arrived late at the meeting due to family obligations.
Council’s next meeting is Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. at city hall. The next council work session is Nov. 7, 6 p.m., at city hall.
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