Cheektowaga moves to establish permitting process for food trucks

Food trucks at Town Park for the Crabapple Festival. (Chronicle File Photo)
Food trucks at Town Park for the Crabapple Festival. (Chronicle File Photo)

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – A public hearing has been called by the Cheektowaga Town Board to solicit input from the community before they adopt changes to the Town’s Peddling and Soliciting Law.

The Town Board wishes to change the 32-year-old law to begin regulating food trucks and to keep better track of charitable organizations soliciting donations from residents.

The proposed law mirrors similar laws enacted by Amherst and West Seneca relating to food trucks.  It would require companies to purchase a $200 vendor permit for the first vehicle and a $100 permit for each additional vehicle.  A $100 renewal permit per vehicle is required every six months.

The Town currently does not have a permitting process or regulations on the books.

The law also changes the way charitable organizations solicit donations in Town.  If the new law passes, they would be required to provide the names, addresses, and dates of birth of the people conducting the soliciting activity to the Town Clerk.  A copy of the list will be forwarded to the police department.

“If someone calls and says ‘such and such is soliciting, is this a true organization that has authorization from the town,’ which by law, they don’t need authorization from us, but we will have something that states they are soliciting and the dates of solicitations,” said Town Clerk Vickie Dankowski.

The public hearing will be held August 22nd at 7:00 pm at the Town Hall.