LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Food trucks like Taqueria Leon Estilo Jalisco off Timberland Drive in Lufkin are a new type of vendor, especially when considering Lufkin City Ordinance 19. Mayor Waters and the council adopted it in 1962 to regulate "temporary or transient" businesses like door-to-door vacuum sales or temporary booths.
City Secretary Kara Atwood says due to evolution of vendors and solicitors like food truck and roadside sellers the city needs to update its regulation.
"Our ordinance in 1962 did not address standalone vendors such as food trucks or tent vendors," Atwood explained. "And this ordinance would just bring the city up to date. And make the permitting process more defined."
The last major update to Ordinance 199, occurred during Mayor Garrison's tenure in 1978. That move exempted religious organizations from permit fees.
"We just want to make sure that our citizens and the vendors and solicitors or all protected," Atwood said.
This also impacts vendors at special events like the Downtown Hoedown. Lufkin Main Street Director Barbara Thompson said she is all for any city move that will improve business, especially downtown.
"It is important that everything works together. But also we have to take everything into consideration how it's going to impact our vendors in to downtown," Thompson said. "So, whatever's decided, it's fine. It's great. Everything will work out well."
Getting the city ordinance to catch up to the evolution in the vendors and solicitors industry, will be in the hands of the city council.