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By Carmen Ensinger
Citizens of Winchester might have some new food options on Sunday after the city council gave their blessing to allow food trucks to come in on Sunday, the day most Winchester eating establishments are closed, to sell their food.
Alderman Sandy Long brought the subject up at the July 6 city council meeting.
“I was approached by someone that suggested this because they said there is nowhere to eat, and I don’t know this for a fact because I don’t come up on Sunday’s,” Long said. “She suggested wanting it approved just on Sundays because of the problems we had with the other one. Also, it was suggested that the fee for it was $200, well, that isn’t exactly what we found when we looked it up in the book.”
Mayor Rex McIntire said the council passed an ordinance on June 3, 2021 because they were having vendors come in throughout the week.
“They were competing head-to-head against our restaurants,” McIntire said. “I just feel like the council, as a group, we need to protect our individual businesses from things like that. I am not totally against them – I think they would be fine on Sundays.”
City Attorney John Paul Coonrod, in reference to Long’s question about the fee, said there was an application fee of $200 which helped to pay for the background check and then a $20 per occurrence fee after that.
“The lady I was talking to said she was thinking about getting a different food truck each week,” Long said. “She said because things are slow right now that it might help the businesses uptown by bringing more people to the square.”
However, the $200 fee could be a problem.
“But I’m not sure any of them are going to pay $200 to come here one day a week and then $20 on top of that,” Long said. “Is there any way we could lower that fee?”
The council talked about perhaps just having one food truck come for the entire month, thereby justifying the $200 application fee, but seemed unwilling to change the application fee.
Long didn’t mention when the food truck would start serving on Sunday’s.