The positives of food trucks

Published 6:08 pm Monday, October 1, 2018

The City of West Point could very soon start allowing food trucks to operate. With the change, the city could see an explosion of eating options in just a few weeks.

City Administrator Ed Moon informed the council last week that the city’s planning board had approved an amendment to the proposed food truck ordinance that could clear the way to passage.

If passed anyone interested in operating a truck would need an $80 license and a certificate for what would be sold. Trucks could not operate on a city street or alleyway, must be on private property with permission and can only operate from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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These rules are simple and easy to follow.

At this time, downtown West Point has the greatest concentration of unique eateries in the Greater Valley Area. To be sure, similar foods can be found throughout the various cities and counties in the area but most of those are at fast food, name brand restaurants.

A smoother process for opening a food truck could allow for those interested in cooking for the masses to have an easier avenue for getting started.

And not only could we see an influx in new businesses, but already established places would have an easier time venturing outside of their brick and mortar buildings.

Surely, the workers at Kia in West Point want to enjoy a Pokey’s burger or a slice of Johnny’s pizza as much as the next person. This updated ordinance could allow for that.

Any form of legislation that could lead to more business opportunities with few to any negatives is always a good thing. This ordinance is fair and the overwhelming positives of it can only be a good thing.