Cumberland selects sites for food and ice cream trucks

Cumberland selects sites for food and ice cream trucks

CUMBERLAND – Town officials have chosen six sites where ice cream trucks will be allowed to operate year-round, one of which, the Tucker Field top parking lot, will also host a food truck.

The Breeze reported last March that the Town Council had approved an ordinance governing municipal food truck permits, an effort at making it easier to run popular food truck events. The ordinance allowed the town to auction off certain sites on an annual basis.

According to a resolution before the council at its meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 17, in addition to the two trucks at Tucker Field on Mendon Road, another five ice cream (and lemonade) trucks would be allowed, including at the Bentley Field parking lot, Diamond Hill Park (ballfields only), the Garvin School ballfield parking lot, Cumberland Hill field, and the Razze/High Street/B.F. Norton/Ashton fields.

The year-long period for operation would be May 1 to April 30, as determined by a bid coordinated by the Department of Parks and Recreation.

The director of parks and recreation shall establish a minimum bid for each designated area. The successful bidder shall be entitled to use the property at the times designated in the request for bids, with a reservation of the town’s right to move the mobile food establishment to a nearby secondary location when the town requires the area for an event. New areas may be designated from time to time with approval from the Town Council by resolution.

Under the new ordinance approved last spring, no food truck operator is able to sell goods without a town permit. Food trucks are prohibited in agricultural or residential areas, unless used for a private event. Food truck operators may not park on a public street for more than four hours in a day, and may not operate within 50 feet of the entrance to a restaurant.

With municipal mobile food establishments now licensed and registered through the state instead of the town, said Councilor Scott Schmitt last year, communities can implement any restrictions they see fit.

Councilor Peter Bradley voted no to the original ordinance, saying it was too limiting and he would like to see a rotation of food trucks for more variety.

The new rules don’t impact town-sanctioned food truck events, or events such as Cumberlandfest where food trucks are a key part of the event.