Thursday, April 18, 2013

Liberty allows food trucks downtown under a new two-year pilot program

Posted By on Thu, Apr 18, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Liberty has joined the food truck movement.
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People of Liberty, the food trucks are coming. The Liberty City Council approved a two-year mobile-vending pilot program earlier this month that allows for vehicles and trailers to set up in a designated area or private parking lots downtown.

Food trucks will need to apply for a two-year license, which costs $50, and have the proper insurance and health permits. They had previously been prohibited from operating in the city. 3 Girls Cupcakes owner Simonie Wilson, who worked with the city to create the program, has been selling her cupcake creations in Liberty this month.

"Well, I've been waiting three years and the city of Liberty has always been very supportive, but it's been ironic that my Liberty-based business hasn't been able to do business in Liberty," says Wilson, who has sold to businesses or residents, but not been able to vend to customers on the sidewalk. "I'm glad that now the sales tax that was going to the KC-side of 35 can now go to my own town with the new vending spots."

As part of the program, spaces have been marked off downtown in the Central Business District. Vendors will be allowed to park on Leonard Street between Kansas and Mill streets (near Liberty Square). Food trucks will also be allowed to park in private parking lots between 7 a.m. and midnight Thursday, Friday and Saturday with the written permission of the lot's owner.

3 Girls Cupcakes will be in Liberty tomorrow on Leonard Street from 10 to 10:45 a.m. The program will be evaluated after two years, and at that point the city may consider a permanent resolution.

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