VILLAGE OF NORTH AURORA
COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING MINUTES
JUNE 15, 2020
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Village Board meeting was conducted live remotely
CALL TO ORDER
Mayor Berman called the meeting to order.
In attendance: Mayor Dale Berman, Trustee Mark Gaffino, Trustee Mike Lowery, Trustee Laura Curtis, Trustee Mark Carroll, Trustee Tao Martinez, Trustee Mark Guethle, Village Clerk Lori Murray.
Staff in attendance: Village Administrator Steve Bosco, Finance Director Bill Hannah, Community & Economic Development Director Mike Toth, Village Attorney Kevin Drendel, Public Works Director John Laskowski, Police Chief Dave Fisher.
AUDIENCE COMMENTS – None
TRUSTEE COMMENTS – None
1. Mobile Food Vendor Amendments
Village Administrator Steve Bosco said that a subdivision in the village recently wanted to have food trucks at a neighborhood event. When staff reviewed the codes it was realized that trailers were never addressed in the code. Bosco said that staff would amend the code to create a section for trailers. At the same time, staff would loosen the restrictions a bit for food truck and trailers for private events. The current length of time that a food truck can be in place is 2 hours and the amendment would change it to 4 hours.
Community & Economic Development Director Mike Toth said that the amendment would address both public property and private property. Public property would allow for a 2-hour time period and private property 4 hours.
When staff looked at parking regulations, it was noted that some of the major roads are not addressed in the parking code. Staff then listed the major roads that would prohibit food truck parking.
Trustee Lowery said that Banbury Road was not in the list of roads. Toth said that Banbury Road is more of a residential/collector street. Lowery said there are no places between Route 25 and Sharon to park and therefore should be added to the list.
Trustee Carroll said he was okay with all of the changes except for extending the hours to four hours on private property. Carroll added that this is not the time to extend hours when every restaurant in North Aurora has just been shut down for 60 days. It is unfair to restaurants that are just opening up again. Carroll added that the food trucks do not benefit the village. They pay a $50 permit fee but provides no sales tax revenue to the village. Trustees Lowery and Martinez agreed. Martinez said it could hurt businesses that are already struggling.
Trustee Curtis said that she has no problem with the food trucks. Curtis said that the village needs to maintain a free market within the village. Trustee Gaffino agreed and asked Village Administrator Steve Bosco about the sales tax from food trucks. Bosco said he was not sure if the sales tax is from point of sale or from where the food truck is coming from.
There was discussion regarding not allowing a food truck to be in one location for more than one time a week. The board was in favor of this suggestion as well as allowing a food truck at a private property for four hours. Banbury Road will also be added to the list of roads that do not allow food truck parking.
Bosco said he would put together some language and bring it back to the board for approval.
Motion made by Trustee Guethle and seconded by Trustee Lowery to adjourn to executive session for property acquisition.
1. Property Acquisition
Motion to adjourn made by Trustee Gaffino and seconded by Trustee Lowery. All in favor. Motion approved.
Lori J. Murray