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Mayor pulls proposed legislation for food vendors

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 It's a fight over the sale of food in downtown Toledo. Mobile food vendors are concerned about the mayor's proposal to regulate where they can serve the public. Toledo's mayor pulls the proposed legislation for food vendors. This all after dozens of business owners packed city council to voice their concerns during a public meeting.

Grumpy's on the go joined the mobile food industry two weeks ago. Every week they load up and travel to locations to serve the public. Mayor Collins wants to put limits on where vendors can park.

"If we want a vibrant downtown we need to offer more. More choices and more variety will bring people downtown which will be great for all business owners," said Maggie Bauman of Grumpy's  

Grumpy's sells it's famous garbage salads. Customers say it's convenient when you don't have much time for lunch. You stay in your car or walk up.

"We wanted to come down here right at 11 o'clock before they sold out and like you saw I bought huge bag because we just bought 90 dollars in garbage salads," said Erica Emery a Grumpy's customer.

City council did not vote on the proposed legislation.  Instead, some blasted the administration.

"It's a really crying shame that we have to pack council chambers because the administration failed to do what was necessary to build support for legislation and build consensus on something that is an exciting thing emerging in our community," said City Council woman Lindsay Webb.

The proposed regulations would only allow food trucks to park in certain areas. The trucks would be banned from parking within 100 feet of brick and mortar restaurants. Vendors would also be required to get permits that could cost $1000.00. This couple says they invested $250,000 in their business.   

"This is not a sprayed painted U-haul van that's been converted to serve food out of a cooler.  I think most of the people here are agree these are expensive pieces of equipment we are serious business people and we employ people. But a thousand dollar fee is outrageous," said Theresa Carroll of The Tasteful Trolley.  

The stake holders on both sides admit they understand everyone's concerns. The owners of Grumpy's also has a business downtown.

"Some kind of frame work definitely needs to be set up. I think it needs to be done that will benefit both sides involved both the food truck owners and brick and mortar businesses," said Bauman.  

The city says this proposed law would affect nine vendors. Again the mayor decided to pull the proposed legislation so his administration can be discussed more.  



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