Caseville business owners differ over food trucks

The town of Caseville has been debating the use of food trucks for a few weeks, with community members speaking out for and against the idea of ​​vendors coming to town.

This community interest in food trucks came during the June 13 meeting, where several people came out to publicly comment on the city’s ordinance 856, which affects peddlers and attorneys. The ordinance requires express permission from property owners and a permit obtained from the city, or violators risk a misdemeanor charge.

The order also limits how long suppliers can be installed. They are limited to a five-day permit and can only receive a total of two permits per calendar year. The ordinance outlines what those seeking to sell services and goods on private and public property can do. The current version of the ordinance was adopted in April 2012.

Cinamon Marker, a Bay Port resident who owns the Farm 2 Table food truck with her husband Dou Marker, said in a public comment that she felt the order was too restrictive.

“Many cities charge provider fees,” Marker said. “But when a private company invites me onto their property and I have to get city approval and pay $500 to be locked in for five straight days, that’s a bit excessive because most cities I sell don’t charge only $25 per day. .”

David Bouck, owner of Wooded Island Sports Grille and board member of the chamber of commerce, said he doesn’t want any more food trucks. He said in public comments that he spent $100,000 on his kitchen and pays a lot of taxes.

Rob Pillsworth, owner of Key North Surf Shop, is also against it.

“I will not have food trucks on my property,” Pillsworth said during public comments at the June 13 meeting. “Frankenmuth would show you the door if you wanted to sell from a trailer.”

Lauren Formicola, owner of Thumb Brewery, said she used to bring food trucks to her property every week, but was forced to stop when asked to follow the ‘arrangement.

“We would bring different types of food to add some cultural diversity and things the city doesn’t have,” Formicola said. “We ended up having to cancel nine dates, which ended up costing us revenue for the restaurant, our servers, the live music we were going to have, and the food trucks we were going to bring in.”

Formicola wants to see a change in the ordinance because she thinks it would increase traffic in the city.

“I did the research,” Formicola said. “Increasing pedestrian traffic in the city would bring more people to other businesses. I’m working on a new ordinance to present to the (city) council for consideration, similar to the ones in Bay City or Jackson.”

The city’s ordinance committee met to discuss the sale ordinance, but recommended no changes at this time. However, he asked City Clerk Jamie Learman to contact the Chamber of Commerce for ideas introducing a potential ‘food truck’ day.

“It’s a good idea,” said Steve Louwers, president of the Caseville Chamber of Commerce. “It’s something we haven’t had a chance to discuss. I would like to put it on the schedule, but we are a few weeks away from the Cheeseburger (festival) and all I can think of is that.

Louwers said he likes the idea but the timing could mean he will be pushed back to next season as there isn’t much room to fit him.

“Maybe in September for the Pumpkin Festival, but it might have to be next year,” Louwers said.

Currently, there are no plans to adapt the ordinance. The Cheeseburger in Caseville will take place August 12-21 this year.

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