FULTON, NY – The hotly debated topic of Fulton’s ice cream businesses and food truck vendors will be removed from a general full-council workshop discussion and referred to the committee level.
On Wednesday Mayor Ronald Woodward’s office gave notice that a Common Council workshop to discuss the matter of vendor permits originally scheduled for Monday, Oct. 6, was cancelled.
As a workshop, the council would have discussed the matter but the public would not be allowed to make comment.
In an interview with Oswego County Today, the mayor noted that the Codes Committee would be tasked with reviewing the current vendor permit rules and making an advisory recommendation for any changes.
“I’ve been after them all year long to do something with the vendor fees,” Woodward said.
The mayor scheduled the workshop to get the ball rolling.
He added that once the committee has made its recommendations, the matter would be presented for public discussion and debate through the public hearing process.
In a phone message, Councilor James Myers, chairman of the Codes Committee, said the committee would begin work on the matter at the committee level on Monday. “I would like to look over the legislation we have currently and do some investigating of what other cities do and how they handle it,” Myers said.
He added, “I’d like for us to take our time and get it right. … We have all winter to work on it, I don’t think anyone is going to be back in there until next spring.”
The matter came to the forefront last month when one local businessman approached the Common Council during a public session to ask city leaders to review the current permit process.
It is his belief that the $750 annual permit fee paid by food truck vendors at Bull Head Point – which has not changed in decades – pales in comparison to the $32,000 annual property tax bill he pays.
Meanwhile, anyone who has a comment about the vendor permits is encouraged to contact their ward councilor.
Ed: Due to a reporting error, the lead for this story originally indicated the rescheduled meeting would be without public access. The public is invited to attend the Codes Committee meeting, but public participation is not allowed during committee sessions. The agenda for the next Codes Committee meeting has not yet been set. ~jlr