City of Washington to allow food trucks on public property Washington Police Department upgrading two vehicles

Food truck owners in the City of Washington will now be able to park their trucks on public property due to a new city ordinance.

At the city council meeting on Tuesday, July 2, the council approved permit forms, which will alow truck owners to apply for a permit at a cost of $10 a day. Before the ordinance, owners were allowed to park their vehicles on private property, with owner’s permission, and only on public property or in case of a sanctioned event, such as the Summer Classic or Farmers Market, with a special permit.

Washington City Administrator Brent Hinson said there have been no problems to date and the decision to create the ordinance was made to be a proactive step forward, and prevent future problems such as vendors parking in front of other established restaurants.

“It’s just trying to kind of create a methodology to deal with it,” he said. “We’re just trying to get ahead of the game a little bit.”

Vendors who set up for events hosted by Main Street Washington or the Washington Chamber of Commerce will still need to have an event permit, but will be exempt from the fee. The decision was approved by a vote of 5-0.

In other news, the council approved the Washington Police Department to purchase two new 2019 Dodge Durangos at a price of $28,650 each from Capper Auto Center in Washington. The cost of the vehicles was in the budget for fiscal year 2020. A quote of $25,754.62 from Karl Emergency Vehicles, was approved for the equipment and installation. In a letter to the council, Washington Police Chief Jim Lester wrote that the vehicles would arrive for delivery “in the near future.”

The purchases were approved by a vote of 5-0.

The next meeting of the Washington City Council will be Tuesday, July 16, at 6 p.m. in the Washington Public Library.