Steering Committee B discusses food truck regulations
By Rima Austin | July 5, 2018 5:30 am
The owner of Outdoor Experience BBQ approached Steering Committee B, of the White County Commission, several weeks ago about setting up in a local grocery store parking lot and how the brick and mortar businesses were complaining about it. The board then decided to look into what the rules and regulations were for setting up a food truck in White County.
“I told him that we are not against this,” said Matt McBride, Steering Committee B chairman. “We are not against the mobile food site, and we are not against brick and mortar sites, but we have started something new here, and we don’t know what to do.”
The board discussed what the process was as far as the health department checking food trucks to make sure they are meeting state health standards. Committee member Bruce Frasier stated he understands the complaints of the brick and mortar businesses. They have to pay taxes on their building and pay people to work for them and pay employment taxes.
“Entrepreneur’s goal is to make money,” says Frasier. “I don’t have a problem with that, but who do we take sides with?”
McBride responded to Frasier and said the committee should not take sides at all. He expressed that it is their job to work for both sides of the argument.
“Right now I don’t think the county has any authority regulating the mobile food truck business,” says McBride. “If the county wants to have authority over it, then there is a procedure to go through.”
The board decided to take no action on the mobile food truck subject, and the meeting was adjourned. The next meeting will be 5:30 p.m., Aug. 6, 2018, at the courthouse.