Moose Jaw is on track for a policy establishing regulations for the operation of outdoor food carts.
Executive committee approved city administration’s proposed mobile concessions policy during Monday’s meeting. The policy still requires council approval. The policy no longer requires mobile food vendors to get permission from council to set up their mobile business each year.
“I think this is a good policy and I’m happy to know that we’re not going to have hotdog stands coming to city council for approval anymore,” said Coun. Heather Eby. “This is quite a big step forward that we’re not going to have to deal with this stuff anymore.”
According to administration’s report, several hotdog carts have operated over a number of years in the city. Some vendors have operated on private property exclusively while council has granted others permission to operate on specific city sidewalks. Each year those vendors have had to apply for a certain site or sites to operate on in order to be approved by council.
But Coun. Candis Kirkpatrick said she couldn’t support the policy when she found out how much the business licenses were according to the business bylaw. City manager Garry McKay said the license is $25 for the season if the annual gross revenue is less than $50,000.
For more information, see Wednesday's edition of the Times-Herald.