SYCAMORE – After getting a taste of food truck weather last weekend, the Sycamore City Council approved a new city code solely for food trucks during its meeting Monday.

The council voted, 7-0, to approve Title 3, Chapter 24, “Mobile Food Vendors,” which includes spelled-out safety standards for fixed-point mobile food vendors and trucks that are parked for special events such as a wedding or block party. Second Ward Alderman Pete Paulsen was absent during the Monday meeting.

The ordinance outlines which districts fixed vendors will be allowed to operate in and provides added clarity on mandatory health, sanitation, fire and life safety requirements, which are similar to the regulations brick-and-mortar restaurants must follow.

“We wanted to ensure there’s that fairness element for all of those that end up doing business in our community,” City Manager Brian Gregory said.

The city’s previous peddler’s license cost $50 a year, plus $25 to $29 for a background check. Under the new ordinance, those prices would remain the same for special use permits. The proposed fee for fixed-point vendors would be $50 a month or $250 a year, plus the cost of a background check.

The new ordinance would replace the “Portable Food Vending” section of the peddlers, solicitors and itinerant merchants section of Sycamore’s municipal code. Noncompliance could result in a $100 fine for the first violation and $200 for every subsequent violation, according to city code.

Mayor Curt Lang said he hasn’t heard any additional input regarding the proposed ordinance.

“So I think that everyone is probably pretty pleased with how this turned out,” Lang said.

Gregory said the law will go into effect Jan. 17.

The council also approved two resolutions related to the city’s final phase of its wastewater treatment plant project, which originally was estimated to cost $25.3 million. The council voted, 7-0, to approve a bid of $19.9 million from Canton-based Leander Inc. for the tankage and installing piping and voted, 7-0, in favor of another bid of $1.7 million from Xylem Water Solutions USA Inc. for sequencing batch reactor equipment.

Tim Bronn, the principal representative for McMahon Associates that helped the city with the project, said he was relieved to see the city end up being under budget for the last phase. He cited another project with another municipality that started with a similar budget as Sycamore’s but ended up being $10 million over budget.

“And that was before the tariffs on steel and aluminum and the increase in fuel prices, and I was terrified about the budget,” Bronn said. “I’ve got to be 100 percent honest.”

Gregory said there is no planned increase in the sewer rate for residents. He said the city will use reserve funds and an Illinois Environmental Protection Agency loan they were approved for in the last year.

Gregory said he expects construction to begin in late spring of this year. He said the project will take 18 to 20 months.


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