LISBON — A village council member questioned the wisdom of allowing Chick-fil-A to set up a food truck in the overflow parking lot at village hall on Wednesday.
“What does that say to our local restaurants?” asked Council member Jerry Cox, who raised the issue at this past week’s meeting.
Mayor Peter Wilson said someone in the village told him the popular fast-food chain would like to bring a pop-up stand to Lisbon, something it has been doing in other Mahoning County communities during the coronavirus pandemic. He spoke with village Fiscal Officer Tracey Wonner, who also serves as council clerk, and she suggested the overflow village parking lot.
While Cox described himself as a big fan of Chick-fil-A, he questions whether the village should be involved in promoting the event. He believes a better location would have been in the Methodist Church parking lot because Chick-fil-A was donating 10 percent of all proceeds to the church’s food bank.
A taco food truck and barbecue food truck have been coming to town the past month or so, but they have set up shop in a car lot and convenience store parking lot. Cox said private property owners are free to do what they want, but he objects to the village getting involved because of the message that sends to local restaurants.
“But I’m glad Chick-fil-A came to town, and I will be there,” he added,
Many others must have agreed because some people waited in line for 40 minutes before giving up, and Chick-fil-A reportedly had to send someone to its Boardman store for more sandwiches.
Cox recommended council develop a policy to address the issue.
Wilson said after the meeting he had emailed each council member about Chick-fil-A on July 30 and those who responded did not object. He said Chick-fil-A is going to return once a week for several more weeks but will be at another location, possibly the Methodist Church.
In other business, council’s public safety committee will meet 5 p.m. Sept. 1 at the fire station, and Mayor Wilson suggested they invite the trustees from Center and Elkrun townships to begin negotiations on a new contract.
The townships contract with Lisbon for fire services, and the most recent two-year contract went into affect in January. Shortly afterwards, the townships balked at the routine purchase of six new sets of firefighter turnout gear, and the trustees let it be known they were displeased with the contract.
Wilson suggested inviting the trustees to the meeting and the trustees be prepared to advise the committee what changes they want made to the contract.
“They are the ones who are not satisfied with the contract, so let them come to us with a proposal,” he said.
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