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City Councilman Looks Into Bringing Food Trucks to Monroe

What do you think of food trucks? It's a daily commodity in bigger cities, but one city councilman is looking into bringing this trend to Monroe.
MONROE -- What do you think of food trucks?

It's a daily commodity in bigger cities, but one city councilman is looking into bringing this trend to Monroe.

Councilman Ray Armstrong says for months he's been doing research in bringing the popular and trending way of serving food to the area.

In other growing cities, food trucks park and open up during certain hours of the day, like lunchtime, serving food from a walk-up service window. Some food trucks vendors even set up seating in the area to add to the atmosphere.

So far, Armstrong said he has reached out through social media to get the community's input. He has also met with city leaders for input as well. Armstrong said he has also talked with several owners in the food business, such as Copeland's, Avacado's, and Sage and Catfish Cabin who are interested in joining the food truck trend.

Armstrong said he researched ordinances from several cities and comments regarding mobile food vendors.

"I asked Nanci Summersgill to draft his ordinance and it  was modeled from one in New Orleans incorporating Monroe opportunities after reviewing regulations in other cities," said Armstrong. "It is a growing culture in many cities."

Armstrong said before any moves can be made, many considerations must fall into place like food safety, licensing, hand washing facilities, trash handling and restroom facilities, fire safety, proximity to established restaurants, traffic flow, and noise -- just to name a few.  

"These are all addressed in articles from other cities and have been considered," said Armstrong.

Armstrong is sending out a draft of the ordinance for public comment and suggestions, which you can click on to see above the article. He said all input is appreciated and will be considered.
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