Nov 112012

During the September meeting, Article 2 and 24 of the Greenwood Village Municipal Code Regarding Mobile Service Permits was reviewed and tabled. Although it was tabled, it seemed as though the council members were not in favor of letting Mr. Scott Little and Mr. Jessie Rayford continue to let them park their food trucks in public parking spaces due to safety concerns. In my opinion, I think this is wrong. I can’t say that for sure that this was about to fail, but I am quite certain.
The main disagreement that the council chamber had was that pedestrians have trouble seeing over these large vehicles and are impaired while attempting to use the crosswalk and cannot see past the angled parking. The amendment provided stated that these vehicles are not allowed to park on busy streets but on inner confined private parking lots where they can only occupy two spaces. This prohibits any parking on any public streets or parking spaces. The argument against that was that private buildings usually already have diners and food places affiliated with them already, creating a lack in business and increase in competition.
What I believe would be the best option is to let the vehicles park in public spaces with a bought parking pass that goes directly to the city. Another option would be to allow them to park in public spaces but with every item the food truck sells there is a small tax on it that goes to the city in order to let them park in these public spaces. I feel as though if you do ban them from parking where their usual business consumers go, they will disobey the law and get parking tickets and that can be their temporary “parking permit” for them. If it is worth it to them, I don’t see why they wouldn’t try this. Then every time they just pay the fine, they get on a regular basis. In order to prevent this from arising, it would be fair to take these measures to prevent conflict instead of just banning them.
In regards to the safety issue, a precaution could be taken by putting parameters on where they can and cannot park. For example, a food truck must be a certain amount of feet away from a cross walk and need to have caution cones warning the public. A food truck should not be treated any differently than a hot-dog stand in the park.

  •  Posted by on November 11, 2012 at 2:59 pm
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