PM Township looking at food truck ordinance.

July 13, 2020

PM Township looking at food truck ordinance.

By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief

PERE MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP — During its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, July 15 the Pere Marquette Charter Township Board of Trustees is expected to hold a first reading on a mobile food business ordinance. 

The proposed ordinance states its intent is to encourage “venders who add to the vibrancy and desirability of the township, while providing a framework under which vendors operate…” 

The ordinance would require mobile food businesses to obtain a vending permit from the township zoning administrator, which must be displayed on the food vending unit. 

It also regulates where mobile food businesses can be located, which are commercial zoning districts C-1 and C-2, along with a section of the township’s industrial district that borders South Pere Marquette Highway. Vendors will not be allowed to operate in the public right-of-way. 

There would be exemptions to the ordinance: 

Existing food businesses, such as restaurants, are not required to obtain permits for a mobile food business on their property. 

Schools, charitable or religious organizations do not need permits for mobile food business on their property. 

Out door sale of products such as Girl Scout cookies sales or lemonade stands, or similar items sold by minors do not require a permit. 

Veterans who have been issued a peddler’s license under Michigan Public Act 359 of 1921 shall not be required to obtain a permit but must comply with other regulations of the ordinance. 

The ordinance also regulates signage. 

The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the basement of the township hall, 1699 S. Pere Marquette Highway. Members of the public who wish to teleconference the meeting may do so by calling 1-701-802-5472, access code: 1372354.

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