22/05/2024 12:02 AM


Swing your Cooking

Lower county food truck fee proposal doesn’t advance

EDWARDSVILLE — Efforts have stalled to reduce the permit expenses paid out by food stuff vans in Madison County.

The Finance Committee this 7 days reviewed a resolution to decreased the rate for cellular meals support institutions (foods vans) by $200 from $375, but it failed for lack of a motion.

Madison County Board Member and Finance Chair Chris Guy, R-Maryville, mentioned the Well being Division Committee on June 3 voted 4-1 to lower the cost.

The county board is scheduled to talk about the challenge at its Wednesday assembly at 5 p.m.

Madison County Board Member Jaime Goggin, R-Edwardsville, a member of the finance committee, explained he opposed reducing the fees.

“When (the county board) established the costs they appeared at the cost to the county,” he explained. “It basically costs the county additional to examine a meals truck.”

In 2018, the county proven the operation of food stuff vehicles and its allow fees. Goggin said cutting the payment is heading to cost the county and it should really not tumble on taxpayers to recoup the expenses.

Madison County Board Member Gussie Glasper,D-Venice, explained she desired to study far more about the prepare right before really should could vote on lowering the fees.

“What’s that say to dining establishments?” claimed Madison County Board Member Robert Pollard, D-East Alton. “It’s not reasonable.”

Madison County Board Member Ryan Kneedler, R-Collinsville agreed, expressing the amount necessary to be retained reasonable for all cafe homeowners.

Currently there are 18 certified mobile establishments in the county and all over 1,400 dining establishments/institutions.

The Madison County Well being Division costs costs for food permit licenses centered on a person of three classes. Cell foods trucks, regarded Category 1 or 2 institutions, are inspected the identical as a “brick and mortar” restaurant. Classification 1 and 1a services receive three inspections per yr, or two inspections for every yr. Category 2 and 2a facilities receive one particular inspection for each yr.

Most food items vans drop into Group 1.

The expenses include administrative fees within just the well being division and offset the price of the foodstuff sanitation system.

At the Might Overall health Committee assembly, Alton officers and proprietors of Alton’s new foods truck park — Flock — questioned the county to look at minimizing the permit fee to attract far more foods trucks to Madison County.