Vendor carts a go in Frisco
Summit Daily News
Despite an objection from Frisco resident Paul Connelly, the Frisco Town Council unanimously passed an ordinance outlining what’s permitted for outdoor temporary establishments.
Connelly, a frequent critic of the town, suggested council members table the ordinance until issues discussed during both first and second reading were ironed out.
“Enough concerns were raised last meeting from both council and the floor that it should have been tabled that meeting. … It still should be tabled,” Connelly said. “There’s a lot of concerns, a lot of problems, a lot of issues.”
Kelly Foote, a Frisco resident who owns the Frisco and Dillon Conoco stations and recently opened Foote’s Rest Sweets Shop, voiced the opposing view. His property and the Summit Daily News will host a July Fourth arts and crafts show with more than 50 vendors, if the ordinance passed. That application is the sole one pending for the summer, community development director Jocelyn Mills has said.
“This should be pushed forward, voted on and approved,” Foote said. “It’s good for the town. Though there are concerns and questions out there, I think what has been done has been thoroughly vetted, and you can always come back and change things.”
Primary concerns include whether the new policy best addresses the interests of Frisco, including whether definitions of mobile vendors are adequate, if extension cords need to be addressed, proximity of propane to open windows, whether types of permitted structures has been thoroughly considered and addressed, and more.
Town council opted to require vendors to carry a fire extinguisher, using standard fire code language in the ordinance. The ordinance was also revised to require removing food and trash from the site, limits operations to six months per calendar year and limits all vendors (not just food vendors) to one per block.
Many of the changes “get at the seasonal aspect of what we’re after,” Mills said.
Councilman Woody Van Gundy, who originally voted against passing the ordinance on first reading because he felt the permanent business community should be consulted, voted in favor of it the second time around – though a business advisory committee hadn’t been assembled.
“I will continue to request of this council that we convene this ad hoc committee … once this ordinance is approved,” he said.
However, he and others didn’t want to hold up the arts and crafts show.
“I’m not going to kill an event that’s going to be so beneficial to the Town of Frisco,” said Councilman Tom Connolly, who’s been working closely with Mills to ensure all concerns are addressed. Councilmembers Larry Sawyer, Kent Willis and Kathleen Kennedy agreed.
“This ordinance may not be perfect, but I think it’s something we can pass and get in place for our summer business,” Willis said. At the end of the meeting, he initiated a motion (which passed) for staff to reconstitute the business advisory committee for input “as expeditiously as possible.”
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