MARQUETTE — Rules regarding food trucks in Marquette have been a bit of a debate for a while, but Monday night, that debate took a step in the right direction.
In a unanimous vote, the Marquette City Commission approved a new food truck ordinance for the city. Food trucks can now operate in residential areas from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. in business districts. The ordinance also dictates where mobile food vendors can operate and sets up licensing fees.
“I think it’s going to open up a lot of opportunities for my truck, and I know there’s other people getting started with trucks in town. It’s going to make some opportunities available that haven’t been heretofore and I’m really looking forward to it,” said Mike Walker, who owns Dia De Los Tacos.
“We feel very good about the ordinance. We’ve had a lot of public input from the public, from the food truck vendors and from the restaurant owners, and we’re all pretty much in agreement,” added Mayor Dave Campana.
The city opened the floor to public comment as well. Food truck operators, restaurant owners and everyday citizens had a chance to say their piece.
There were a few questions raised, such as the requirement of liability insurance, specifics of how far food trucks must park from restaurants, and the potential for food trucks to interfere with customer parking. The ordinance does require a review one year after it’s enacted, so the commission seemed confident those issues could be ironed out.