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Yorkville may ease sign-up requirements for food truck vendors

Zoning officials back plan to drop registration for operators on private property

Krysti Barksdale-Noble, community development director for Yorkville, talks during the Yorkville planning and zoning commission meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 8 at City Hall, 800 Game Farm Road.
Krysti Barksdale-Noble, community development director for Yorkville, talks during the Yorkville planning and zoning commission meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 8 at City Hall, 800 Game Farm Road.

YORKVILLE – Food trucks and other mobile retail vendor vehicles may no longer have to register with Yorkville city officials to conduct business on private property.

The Yorkville planning and zoning commission voted, 5-0, to approve a zoning ordinance amendment regarding mobile food and retail vendor vehicles during their Wednesday, Jan. 8 meeting. Commissioners Deborah Horaz and Donald Marcum were absent from the meeting.

Krysti Barksdale-Noble, community development director for Yorkville, said the amendment would eliminate the required business registration of the vendor and vehicle for food and retail trucks conducting business on private property. She said the process for those vendors to register includes state background checks through fingerprints.

Barksdale-Noble said the city's police department doesn't do fingerprinting and vendors are sent to the state to get those fingerprints done. She said the vendors then have to wait for Illinois State Police to give the city the background check results, which takes at least two weeks.

"What we’ve found was that the applicants were either dropping the application or just dropping out of the events," Barksdale-Noble said.

Barksdale-Noble said it would only apply to business conducted on private property and the background checks are still mandatory for business done on public property. She said city police weren't opposed to elimiating the requirement for private property, since they don't do individual background checks for a restaurant on private property and for those new employees, for example.

The proposed amendment is set to go before the City Council during their meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 28 at City Hall, 800 Game Farm Road.

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