Township passes food truck ordinance

The Old Lycoming supervisors finalized the township’s food truck ordinance Tuesday night.

The ordinance offers fees at weekly, monthly or yearly rates. The weekly fee is $10, while the monthly and yearly fees are $20 and $240, respectively.

“We looked at fees in surrounding areas,” zoning and codes enforcement officer Shari Truax said.

The ordinance also requires food trucks comply with state laws and regulations and secure permission from property owners where they park and sets limits on signage and lighting.

The ordinance prohibits food trucks from operating within 100 feet of a restaurant or diner.

“The little bit of conversation I had with them (food truck vendors) was positive,” Township Manager Bob Whitford said.

Supervisors Sam Aungst and Linda Mazzullo approved the ordinance. Supervisor David Shirn was absent.

The supervisors also approved a waiver from stormwater ordinances requested by Bassett Engineering for a Bottle Run Road development by David Shirn.

Whitford said the request was reviewed by the township’s engineer and Mazzullo said the supervisors already had taken preliminary steps on the matter at past meetings.

In financial matters, the supervisors voted to open a new bank account, approved bids for road materials and authorized the township to begin shopping for both a municipal vehicle and for an auto loan for a new police car.

The bank account is for PennVest funds under a grant to buy a vacuum truck. State regulation mandate the funds be kept separate from municipal revenues.

The supervisors accepted per-ton bids of $19, $22, $17, $20 and $12 from Hanson; and $12, $12, $15, $17, $19 $19 and $21 from Glenn O. Hawbaker for different cold-patch and anti-skid materials.

The supervisors had considered and rejected bids on the materials during May’s meeting.

“We weren’t happy with the prices,” Whitford said. “We thought it was in the best interest to re-advertise.”

The township will take out the loan for the police car from whichever bank offers the lowest interest rate. Right now, Whitford said, it appears to be PNC.

“We already have this budgeted for the year,” Mazzullo said.

The township is looking to buy a municipal vehicle for between $5,000 and $10,000 after the Pennsylvania State Association of Townships expressed concerns with public employees using their personal vehicles for township business and for potential legal issues that could arise.

In other business, supervisors:

• Approved a resolution to allow the Canton Wine and Cheese Festival to place signs advertising the event along roads in the township. The festival’s organizers still will need a permit from the state Department of Transportation to place the signs.

• Announced the township’s website will be updated with township rules concerning fireworks.

• Reminded residents not to sweep grass and yard clippings into streets and public storm drains.

• Announced the township will be accepting resumes for a full-time employee in either the sewer or public works fields. The deadline is June 22.

• Reminded residents they need to pick up keys to access the township brush pile.

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