Food trucks

Bryan Landers, front, and Latoya Landers operate their hot dog business, B&L Dogz, in Middlesex Township in March.

An amendment to Carlisle’s food truck ordinance could put these businesses into municipal parks and the downtown commercial district on a limited basis.

Borough Manager Susan Armstrong said the borough initially proposed making four licenses available for mobile food vendors to set up shop at the Square.

“After hearing from the community at the last workshop, we went back for a rewrite,” Armstrong said.

The revised ordinance would still allow four licenses in the downtown commercial district, but they would only be available between the hours of 10:30 p.m. and 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. The move would fill in gaps in food service mentioned at the borough’s July workshop meeting at which a number of restaurant owners voiced their concerns about allowing food trucks into a tight downtown market.

In research presented at that meeting, Destination Carlisle found a service gap Friday and Saturday night between 10 p.m. and 2:30 a.m. when most restaurants have closed. Breweries and bars tend to close the kitchen an hour before closing.

The vendors would not be allowed in public places such as the Square. Rather, they would be permitted in public parking areas at downtown locations as long as the borough has proof that the owner has given permission to do so.

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Food vendors would be permitted at events held in the borough parks in a program to be administered by the borough’s director of parks and recreation.

In a move to promote Carlisle restaurants, the council discussed the possibility of maintaining a list that could be given to those organizing events with food trucks at the parks.

The ordinance has not been circulated outside of the borough staff or the council pending authorization from the borough council to advertise it and schedule a public meeting on it. The council is expected to vote on that authorization Thursday.

“Then, it would be put on public display and we would certainly entertain comments at that point,” Armstrong said.

Food trucks became a topic of conversation this year when Bryan Landers came to a meeting to talk to the borough council about making changes to its ordinance that limits the food trucks to the borough’s industrial district. He wanted to operate his B&L Dogz food cart on the Square.

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Email Tammie at tgitt@cumberlink.com. Follow her on Twitter @TammieGitt.