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POLL: Selectmen Seeking Moratorium On New Mobile Truck Permits

A letter was sent to the Zoning Commission. The commission is meeting this week.

 

Woodbury First Selectman Gerald Stomski said the Board of Selectmen wrote a letter to the Zoning Commission, asking them to support a one-year moratorium on new applications for mobile vendors.

"Whether it's food, furniture, firewood -- anything on the mobile side," Stomski said.

If a moratorium is put into place, Stomski was quick to say the town is not looking to get rid of Elliot's Seafood Truck and El Camión Tacos and Burritos.

"We want them [the Zoning Commission] to allow a one-year moratorium so the selectmen can look at the laws," he said.

Stomski stressed that the town is concerned about mobile vendors.

"One of the things we don't want to do is having the Zoning Commission issue a moratorium on vendors and then find out that the can't have vendors," he said. "We're looking at street vendors on the side of the road."

Stomski said his goal is to protect the businesses that presently exist in town.

"There's an unfair advantage to people who come in as mobile vendors," he said.

A person who opens a business in a storefront has more overhead costs than a mobile vendor, Stomski said.

"People with mobile vehicles have an unfair advantage -- they can sell things cheaper because they have less overhead," he said.

Stomski said he is not looking to change zoning regulations. He wants to look at whether the town can create an ordinance and perhaps require mobile vendors to pay an annual fee for a town permit.

"We're looking to create a level playing field for the people already here in business," he said.

Stomski said he hopes the Zoning Commission discusses the letter at the 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, Zoning Commission meeting at the .

"It's just a conversation," he said. "The Board of Selectmen may or may not decide to write legislation and create an ordinance. We just see that there's a problem and we need to something to help the businesses that are in place."

How do you feel about a potential moratorium on mobile vendors? Do you feel mobile vendors have an unfair advantage over storefront businesses? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comments section.

Joe Ziehl February 14, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Yes, vendors have an unfair advantage but that isn't my biggest concern. I object to how vendors change the "character" of a town. As it is, Woodbury's random signage (at 6 and 64 particularly) is distasteful. Adding attention-getting vendor's vehicles to the mix will make things much worse.
Todd Fox February 14, 2012 at 03:52 PM
A meaningless, and divisive poll. Isn't there a middle ground between "support it 100%" and "Totally against it"?
Bane February 15, 2012 at 06:49 PM
This town has to stop fearing anything that's new or different. Towns that are successful evolve and grow to keep current. Hate to say it but Woodbury doesn't have much going for it in the bigger picture. Food is quickly becoming a main reason for people to come to Woodbury or to stop on their way through. Food trucks are a welcome addition. Instead of throwing in the excuse that this is bad for current vendors, I think it great for competition and competition means better value and offerings to consumer. I'm fine with the ban on chain stores but really stop trying to freeze this town in time. This isn't historic colonial Williamsburg, it's Woodbury and the town is fading into obscurity. Pull your heads out of arses and give up the "change can't be good because it's different" mantra. Woodbury has a food revolution on it's hands and they the city officials are doing everything to clamp down on it. It's okay to be known for things other than antiques.

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