AMHERST, N.Y. -- The Amherst Town Board tabled making any decision on the proposed food truck regulations at its meeting Monday night.
Several food truck operators spoke out against the proposals at the meeting. They felt that the proposed five-hundred dollar fee to register the first truck in each fleet was too steep. They also complained about the part of the proposal which would have only allowed food trucks to stay open until 11 p.m. in public places.
One of the owners of the Lloyd Taco truck presented the board with 3400 signatures Monday night. Half of the signatures he collected belong to people who live in Amherst and support lower fees and longer hours of operation for food trucks in the town.
The proposal the town board was considering Monday night also included a 60 minute time limit per food truck at each public location. Food truck owners, and the attorney representing them, told the board that an hour is not long enough to prepare food and serve it. They favored a two or three hour time limit per location.
The owner of the Sweet Hearth dessert truck started crying Monday night as she described her decision to open a food truck rather than a bakery three years ago. Kelly Brewer said she spent $15,000 just to start her food truck, and she moved back to Western New York to open a bakery because it was her American dream.
Pete Cimino from Lloyd Taco explained how he felt residents should decide what the rules are. He presented the board with his 3400 signature petition. He collected those signatures in just four days. Cimino called the 60 minute time limit per location unreasonable.
The Amherst Town Board meets again in three weeks. It is going to revise its proposal taking into consideration the comments it heard at Monday night's meeting.