Summerside eyes change to mobile sales licence bylaw

Mike Carson
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Out to Lunch. 

SUMMERSIDE - Summerside city council will be considering a change to its licensing bylaw for mobile sales establishments.

Councillor Cory Thomas, chairman of the city's technical services committee, raised the issue at the May committee meeting after a request was received from Kevin Wile and Donnie Gallant to operate the Out To Lunch food trailer at their Butcher Shop business location on Central Street.

Council did approve a similar application for a licence last year, and the operation was deemed a success, earning the distinction as being rated one of the top 10 food trucks in Canada by Readers Digest.

The committee recommended to council that the application be approved and will deal with it at the city council meeting May 22.

Thomas said he would like to see the bylaw reviewed to lessen red tape for qualified business operations.

"There have been no issues, and I don't know if it should have to come to council every year for renewal," he said.

"Perhaps a review by the chief administrative officer, human resources and legal affairs and the director of the department can look at perhaps having it go up for renewal every three years."

Wile and Gallant will open up the food truck in May and run until September from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Wednesday to Sunday.

Aaron MacDonald, director of technical services, said the applicant has requested permission to be able to operate at two locations during the May to September timeline but, unlike last year, had not provided the department with the second location.

Organizations: Summerside city council, Readers Digest.The committee

Geographic location: Canada

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  • Billy
    May 14, 2014 - 11:19

    Yes, change it to let the food trucks in, controlled by inspections of course. Show charlottetown how it's done.

  • Fun on a Bun
    May 14, 2014 - 11:12

    Yes, make it easier and inviting for the operators There are enough hurdles to jump and overcome; why should the municipalities make it difficult when it's in their best interests to promote local business. In today's food service atmosphere, there is room for every type of establishment and opportunities for PEI to be a leader on this.