Comments sought about food trucks in city parks

Noel Lyn Smith
InfiniteBBQ is pictured on Nov. 16 at the Mesa Shopping Center off Butler Avenue and East Ute Street in Farmington.

FARMINGTON – City councilors will hear public comments about a draft policy to standardize guidelines and procedures for mobile food vendors to use city parks as vending locations.

The public hearing will take place during the City Council’s regular meeting on Tuesday.

A current city ordinance requires operators of food, catering or vending trucks to obtain prior approval of the parks, recreation and cultural affairs department before conducting business in a city park, city parking lot at a park or other recreational facility.

The draft policy also establishes a fee schedule, application process and hours when vendors could operate.

Information about proposal was presented to councilors during a Nov. 17 work session. Assistant City Manager Bob Campbell said council members commented about the policy during the work session.

In addition, they requested a public hearing for the proposal, Campbell said. The public comments will be collected, and no action will be taken by the council about the draft policy at the meeting, he added.

InfiniteBBQ co-owner Melissa Pearce works on Nov.16 inside her food truck in Farmington.

A second public hearing will be conducted about a performance evaluation report for the Community Development Block Grant program. The report is part of the grant process, and, if approved, it would be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which operates the grant program. After the hearing, the council will vote on the resolution containing the evaluation report.

Under the council's consent agenda is a proposal to award a bid to Albuquerque-based Wesco to provide insulators to stock the city’s electric warehouse inventory.

Another consent agenda item is the proposed approval of an agreement between the city and the New Mexico Department of Public Safety to fund a regional narcotics task force. The funding would not exceed $150,101 and would be provided by the 2015 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant program.

Councilors are also being asked to approve an intergovernmental agreement for detention center services at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center. The agreement would be between the city and San Juan County to set the day rate at $65.14 for city prisoners from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.

Other agenda items for the meeting include a report about the Farmington Growers Market.

The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall, 800 Municipal Drive.

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636.