Gibsonville decides not to amend ordinance for food vendors

Times-News (Burlington, NC), 2014-08-18

Aug. 18 -- GIBSONVILLE -- Plans to allow mobile food vendors in downtown Gibsonville have come to a screeching halt.

The Gibsonville Board of Aldermen unanimously decided against holding a public hearing to allow food trucks and mobile food vendors in various zoning districts and amending its current ordinances during its Monday meeting.

"I am not in favor of it," Mayor Pro Tem Mark Shepherd said. "At this particular time, I am not in favor of changing the ordinance. So I'd say not to set the public hearing."

Under current zoning, food trucks are not permitted. Narciso M. Salas of El Taco Caribe requested the city amend the ordinance to allow for a mobile food truck, but restaurant owners downtown were against the request.

The town's Planning Board voted in favor of the change as long as "the merchants in town were protected from the vendors" and the staff saw no "advantage or disadvantage to the town by amending the ordinance."

All of the aldermen agreed with Shepherd and agreed not to set a public hearing to amend the ordinance.

In other matters, the town heard from Rick Clark about the possibility of installing two benches -- originally donated to the old Gibsonville School by the Class of 1964 -- somewhere in the town green. Clark, a member of the Class of 1964, said the class's 50th reunion was set for September, and he'd appreciate the town's installing the benches for all of the residents to enjoy.

The town also set Sept. 8 as the date for a public hearing to annex property owned by Joel and Jessica Harvey at Brownbark Lane and Westbrook Avenue , discussed using Zacchaeus Legal Services to help collect delinquent property taxes, and approved a $3,118.40 contribution from the Gibsonville ABC Board for the Gibsonville Police Department's DARE program.


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