Purdy rejects food truck request

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Request to use city park proves unpopular with aldermen

The Purdy City Council has rejected the request of a food truck vendor seeking permission to conduct business in the city’s parking lot for the Purdy Community Center and park on Fridays and Saturdays.

According to City Clerk Debbie Redshaw, a woman called city hall and asked about placing a food truck offering Mexican food in the city’s parking lot from 3-9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

“Once you start something like that, you need to let everyone do that,” Redshaw said.

City council members said the town, which has not had a restaurant for several years, recently saw Adelita’s, a Mexican restaurant, open on Business Highway 37.

“With the first legitimate business to have opened in Purdy in years, I’d rather support them,” said Mayor Bo Prock.

Other aldermen echoed Prock’s sentiments. Aldermen Brian Bowers suggested the vendor secure booth space at the Purdy Festival.

Purdy does not require business licenses from any merchant. Russ Nichols, the city’s building inspector, said he was not aware of any regulations that would stop the vendor from setting up business on a private lot in town.

“I think they would do better on food cart day in another town,” said Alderman Austin Hammen.

Aldermen concluded they would not grant permission for use of the city’s parking lot for the requested purpose.

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