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City of Oxford to make room for food trucks

OXFORD — Oxford officials are considering an ordinance to help manage food carts and trucks to sell on the go.

Assistant City Planner Ben Requet presented the ordinance to the Oxford Board of Aldermen on Tuesday for its first official hearing, according to The Oxford Eagle. A public hearing will be held in two weeks and the aldermen are expected to vote on the ordinance on March 2.

“We’ve started receiving some questions from residents as to food trucks, what our rules and regulations are, and I discovered, we don’t really have much on the books,” Requet said.

The ordinance addresses food carts that can be pushed, like hot dog stands, and mobile food trucks with working kitchens. The measure stipulates that carts and trucks will be required to have permits from the city of Oxford and the state Department of Health. The carts and trucks will be subject to inspection by the Oxford Fire Department.

Food trucks will only be allowed in areas zoned for business, although some exceptions will be allowed.

The sale of alcohol from any food truck is prohibited.

Alderman Janice Antonow said since the concept is a new one for Oxford, she wanted to make sure all residents could review the ordinance before the public hearing in two weeks.

The proposed ordinance is available on the city’s website at http://www.oxfordms.net/documents/boards/boa/packets/january2016/20160105-10.pdf.#sthash.6mDJHPhL.dpuf.

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