The Hillsboro Street and Safety Committee will meet June 26 at 6 p.m. at 108 Governor Trimble Place (old firehouse) for the purpose of reviewing ordinances for food trucks and mobile vendors.

Adam Wilkin is the committee chair.

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As previously reported, during city council’s June meeting, council member Ann Morris said that she sent council president Tom Eichinger “a letter concerning mobile vendors uptown” and asked him to place the matter into a “committee for discussion.”

The city is hosting several food trucks in the uptown area for the farmers’ market and “Pack the Park” events. Morris’s family owns a restaurant in the uptown district.

In 2016 — after feedback from several business owners, including Morris’s husband — city council passed an amended ordinance that outlined regulations for “mobile food vehicles.”

The ordinance reads:

(A) (1) Any person wanting a license shall obtain an application for same from the office of the Director of Public Safety-Service or Police Department, and shall submit the completed application, along with the appropriate fee, to such office on a form supplied by the Director, which shall contain the following information:
(a) Name and address of the applicant;
(b) Name and address of the organization represented;
(c) Names, addresses and Social Security numbers of all individual peddlers, solicitors or sellers;
(d) A description of the proposed peddling, soliciting or selling activities; and
(e) Dates, times and particular locations where the peddling, solicitation or selling is to be performed.
(2) The following regulations shall apply to mobile food vehicles:
(a) Mobile food vehicles shall not open for business within 200 feet of an established restaurant or similar food service provider.
(b) All signage shall conform with the requirements of City Code of Ordinances Chapter 153, and with any traffic regulation concerning the maximum time a vehicle may be parked upon the public streets.
(c) Mobile food vehicles, especially sidwalk carts permitted for that purpose, shall not be so situated as to cause congestion that impedes pedestrian or vehicular traffic, or interfere with city or public use of rights-of-way, including the operations associated with the mobile food vehicle such as signage, customer queues or accessories that restricts access to parking or pedestrian or vehicular travel.
(3) Such application shall be accompanied by a copy of the Internal Revenue Service Federal Income Tax Exemption Letter and State of Ohio Letter of Registration under R.C. Chapter 1716 in effect at the time of application hereunder, if the applicant and/or organization represented has been issued either or both of said letters.
(B) (1) All license applications shall be referred to the Director who shall, within 15 days after receipt of the completed application, issue licenses to the solicitors or peddlers, unless he or she finds that:
(a) The applicant has provided false, misleading or deceptive information in his or her application; and/or
(b) The applicant or any solicitor or peddler named on the license application has been convicted of a felony violation or a misdemeanor violation involving fraud or moral turpitude within the past ten years.
(2) Any license issued under this chapter shall be valid for not more than 30 days.
(C) Each applicant shall pay a fee of $200, which fee shall be paid at the time the application is submitted. Applicants who are agents for charitable, religious or educational organizations that meet the definition thereof as contained in R.C. § 2915.01(H), (I) or (J), or have duly registered with the State of Ohio under the provisions of R.C. Chapter 1716, shall be required to obtain a license, but shall be exempt from the payment of any fee as required hereunder.
(D) Once issued, a license may be used only in conformity with the laws of the city and the State of Ohio; may not be assigned or transferred; must be carried by the licensee at all times; and may be revoked or suspended by the Director of Public Safety-Service for any of the following causes:
(1) The licensee or person preparing the application on behalf of the licensee provided false, misleading or deceptive information in the license application.
(2) The licensee is indicted on a felony or charged with a misdemeanor involving fraud or moral turpitude.
(3) The licensee violates any provision of this chapter or peddles, solicits or sells in an unlawful manner.
(E) In the event a license application is not approved or in the event any license issued pursuant to the provisions of this chapter is revoked, written notice shall be given to the applicant or licensee by personal service or by certified mail. The applicant or licensee shall have ten days after the receipt of such notice to appeal such refusal or revocation. Such appeal shall be perfected by filing a notice of the appeal with the Board of Zoning and Building Appeals. Thereupon, the applicant shall have not has than ten days notice of the date and place of the hearing. The Board of Zoning and Building Appeals shall have the power, after such hearing, to either affirm or overrule the decision of the Director of Public Safety-Service.
(F) Any canvasser shall register with the Director of Public Safety-Service before obtaining or seeking to obtain or influencing the opinions of the residents of the city. Any canvasser shall provide the Director in writing with his or her name and address, the name and address of the organization represented and the dates, times and particular locations where canvassing is to be performed. No fee shall be charged for the registration of any canvasser. Any registration hereunder shall be valid for not more than 90 days.
(G) The form of application for license as a solicitor, seller or peddler, as set forth in the Appendix at the end of this chapter, shall be used by all applicants hereunder.