Moline approves food trucks

Moline city council passes food truck policy

Moline city council approved a policy for food trucks Tuesday night. 

While there are a few food trucks already popping up in Moline, the new policy clarifies some of the necessary requirements to operate within the Moline city limits.

Food Trucks were approved on the Iowa side of the Mississippi river last year in Davenport. Their growing popularity has spurred discussion for surrounding cities. 

Under the approved policy, Mobile Food Vehicles (MFV), or food trucks, must operate as a self-contained vehicle with a valid license and registration. MFV's cannot be multi-purpose vehicles, so they can only be used for food vending.

The food trucks must pass health inspections and follow city ordinances involving parking, permits, time restrictions and other limitations. MFV's cannot block traffic and must follow some separate criteria if they are operating at a public park. 

While Moline's policy originally said food truck's will not be able to use any public source of electricity, that is being reconsidered. Moline city council members proposed letting MFV's use a city electricity source at a "reasonable" cost to cut down on the use and noise of truck generators.  

Blake Baumbach is the co-owner of a local food truck,The Noshery. He says he's excited about the new policy.

"It would open up a lot more opportunities for everybody," said Baumbach.

However, the turf battle between food trucks and local restaurants remains. 

Dieter Rebitzer owns Bier Stube in downtown Moline and opposes food trucks, fearing it will take away from his 15-year-old business.

"If we lose business with food trucks coming around and taking off again when it's the busiest time, that's not going to work for us," said Rebitzer. 

Under the new policy, food trucks cannot operate within one block of a stationary restaurant during the restaurant's operating hours. 

Baumbach says vendors don't want to set up that close to restaurants because it would hurt their business, too. 

"We want to be able to park outside of bars, outside of areas that don't have food. And it's not very easy to do that right now. The public right-of-way is kind of an issue," said Baumbach.

While some specification are still being worked out for the new policy, food trucks are approved for the city of Moline.


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