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Under discussion: Boyd City Council considers rules for roadside vendors

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, July 11, 2018
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The city of Boyd is looking to draft rules to regulate roadside vendors.

The Boyd City Council discussed a possible ordinance at last week’s meeting. Mayor Rodney Holmes said the city needs to regulate the growing number of vendors that are setting up on Texas 114 on weekends.

“We’ve had multiple food trucks, a guy sitting on the corner selling tamales and a guy selling rebel flags,” Holmes said. “It looks hodge podge. We’re looking at something to address that.”

City Administrator Greg Arrington said the city has a strong ordinance for peddlers and door-to-door sales, but needs to expand it to cover “pop-up vendors.”

“We want to put everything in one ordinance, from the food trucks to the guy selling tamales,” Arrington said.

Among the suggestions from the meeting is requiring all vendors to receive a permit from city hall and have the proper sales tax and health code certificates. Also, vendors will have to have written permission from property owners to operate on the property. They will not be allowed to sell in the public right-of-way.

Arrington said he’s reviewed an ordinance from Frisco that addresses food trucks and mobile food vendors. In drafting an ordinance, one direction that he requested was the length that vendors will be allowed to set up.

“How long do you want people here and how often?” he asked.

In addressing the question, Mayor Pro Tem Mark Culpepper said the city will need different categories with different restrictions for the variety of vendors. He said a few different drafts of the ordinance will be needed.

“I’ll try to start working on the different types of [categories] needed,” Culpepper said.

He added that the ordinance will be needed soon to address a potential food truck park.

In other business, the council approved abandoning an alleyway on South Hitt at East Knox. A structure is currently at the intersection of the undeveloped alleyway.

“It releases the alley, and it becomes part of the plat,” Arrington said.

The council denied variances on three lots on the same 0.651-acre property with the alleyway. The owners requested variances on minimum lot area, minimum lot dimensions and minimum lot front yard setback.

“It didn’t meet any of our ordinances,” Holmes said. “For a variance, it has to be a hardship on the owner. A hardship was never presented.”

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