OELWEIN, Iowa (KWWL) - A petition signed by a handful of restaurants in Oelwein has got the city thinking about an ordinance to track and monitor food trucks in the future.
"We need to have something so we know where food trucks are setting up and when they're setting up. But a month ago, this wasn't even an issue," Mayor Brett DeVore of Oelwein said.
The petition claims food trucks and carts have had an easier time adapting to carry-out and delivery dining (the only options allowed until May 15), and asks the city to intervene.
"They're trying to survive on a shoestring and that's just another thing to deal with," DeVore said.
DeVore says the city has a code that regulates transient vendors that might want to do something like open a pop-up shop at a city festival but there's nothing on the books specifically for food trucks.
The city council drafted a code to define and monitor food trucks and carts and was planning to address it at Tuesday's meeting. However, that plan was nixed in the late afternoon on Monday, when DeVore says they decided to prioritize other matters.
"How do we deal with parks and rec. issues, what are we going to do with our pool? After talking with a council member today, we decided to shelve this until the fall," DeVore said.