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Council hopes food carts will make Sandy home

After weeks of discussion, Sandy is allowing food carts

Not only did the Sandy City Council make a decision Monday night to allow food carts within the city limits, it also declared a state of emergency making the new changes immediate. The city hopes to get interested businesses starting the process as soon as possible.

On Monday, June 2, Tracy Brown, director of Sandy’s planning and development, once more addressed councilors on a proposed change in the municipal code to allow food and beverage carts on private property.

After a short discussion, and some considerations of potential problems — Mayor Bill King brought up concerns of slowing traffic and, again, unfairness to brick and mortar businesse — councilors passed the second reading of the ordinance unanimously.

The city’s Centennial Plaza, at the corner of Pioneer Boulevard and Hoffman Avenue, has been a part-time home for temporary food carts over the past couple years.

Although the council is still hesitant to allow food carts to permanently set up shop in the public plaza, the battle already has begun for space. With three food carts taking turns to use the plaza, Brown is worried too much of the public space will be taken up.

Bethy’s Waffle Wagon, owned and operated by Estacada resident Elizabeth Rossos, is stationed in Centennial Plaza on Wednesdays and Thursdays. It’s the newest business to try out the plaza, making it the first one that would be asked to leave if there’s a war for space.

Rossos addressed the City Council during the public hearing on the issue Monday night, encouraging the consideration of declaring a state of emergency.

“It would allow me to get on the ball for this summer,” Rossos said.

If she does need to move from the plaza, Rossos would like to start the process of getting a new space as soon as possible.

She said she has really loved being at Centennial Plaza even though she can be there only two days a week because of her catering business, and she would like to remain in Sandy.

“If I can be anywhere,” she said, “I’d like to be in Sandy.”

At Monday night’s meeting, the council also decided to set amounts for review permits and renewals for food carts. The fees are set at $300 for the initial review and $150 for the yearly permit renewal.

The fees are in addition to a business license.

The ordinance has been adopted on a trial basis, and will be revisited by the City Council at the end of this year.

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