Canton Board of Trustees members discuss the Slows food truck license extension Tuesday night. (Photo: Ed Wright | Hometownlife.com)
Reversing a one-week-old decision, the Canton Township Board of Trustees voted 5-2 during Tuesday night’s special meeting to extend Slows Bar BQ food truck’s operating license at Cherry Hill Village through Oct. 5.
The licensing fee increases from the original $250 cost to $750 per month, and the food truck will only operate on Saturdays and Sundays, one day less per week than the initial license.
Slows will be allowed to sell food Friday through Sunday on Labor Day weekend, but on a pre-order, pick-up only format, with no truck on site.
Trustees voted 4-3 at their Aug. 25 meeting to curtail Slows’ weekend presence at Cherry Hill Village. A letter signed by six Canton restaurant owners was read prior to the Aug. 25 vote, explaining their displeasure with the $250 monthly license fee granted to Slows, which they argued, was gaining an unfair advantage given that brick-and-mortar eateries commit much more (financially and otherwise) to the community.
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Trustees Steven Sneideman and Anne-Marie Graham-Hudak voted in favor of the Slows extension after voting against it Aug. 25. Sneideman and Graham-Hudak, both of whom requested Tuesday’s special meeting, cited, among other factors, the lack of time to digest the Aug. 25 information (including the letter from the restaurant owners) prior to the vote.
The Slows extension item was a late addition to last week’s agenda. Trustees normally have up to four days to review information related to each agenda item.
The brick-and-mortar vs. food trucks discussion sparked the formation of a special committee that will work toward establishing wording for a food truck ordinance in the township.
Township Clerk Michael Siegrist, treasurer Dian Slavens and economic development manager Kristen Thomas are expected to participate on the committee along with local restaurant owners and food-truck operators.
Twelve people sent letters or voiced opinions regarding the Slows issue during the meeting with 10 offering support for the extension of Slows’ license.
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