This will be part of a series of meetings on the topic, said Cynthia Mitchell, chair of the board of directors selected.
“I think this is the beginning of a bigger discussion, about food trucks that are definitely a subset of the hot topics, and maybe really act as a catalyst to get this moving, you know, summer is coming,” Mitchell said. “I hear, and I also hear from the city councilor, that the sooner we put them together, the fewer one-off events we will need to agree to under old practices.”
The meeting was called due to a recent case involving food trucks and West Tisbury building inspector Joseph Tierney. When the organizers of Climate Action Week applied to bring Gold’s Rotisserie to Grange Hall for a community celebration, Tierney said the food trucks were fast food and denied the one-day event permit. it was his decision Overturned by the Board of Appeal zoning The food truck was later Approved in a 2-1 vote by the Select Council.
Selection board and their planning board Discuss the possibility of changing food truck regulations before 2020But nothing came of it.
Planning board member Leah Smith said common practice in “recent years” has been to allow one-day event permits, which included food trucks, despite zoning law regulating retail sales.
“Every week in the summer we have an artisan festival and we have a farmers market, which is retail sales. Although there may not be broad authorization for these things in our current bylaws, in fact we have been doing it for a long time,” Smith said.
“Some think we’ve committed a violation,” Mitchell added. “Hence the need to properly clean up and correct this.”
Smith went on to say that the section banning fast food in West Tisbury was “designed not to allow things like McDonald’s”. The intent was not to ban local businesses such as food trucks, but for “largely marketed fast food establishments,” according to Smith.
Planning board member Matt Merry noted that it would be helpful to come up with a working definition of fast food, considering that food trucks are island businesses that won’t go away. Planning board member Amy Upton agreed, saying that the question of what counts as fast food may spread to other organizations. “Is 7a fast food? We need to connect with that definition,” she said.
“I wonder if one of the words we might be looking for is ‘franchise.’ You know, fast food can be anything, but it’s a McDonald’s franchise or a Dunkin’ Donuts franchise that we’re going to ban,” said select board member Jessica Miller.
West Tisbury officials have also raised a series of questions and other concerns to seek guidance from a city councillor. Energy Committee Chair Kate Warner wondered whether the food truck that appears constantly in the same location should be treated as a restaurant. Mitchell indicated that the Health Council would need to be included in these discussions. Several officials raised the need for clarifications of regulation and permits.
The meeting with the town’s attorney is expected in June.
Prior to the zoning debate, the Select Council voted 2-1 in favor of permitting a one-day Vineyard Trust fundraising beer and wine event on Wednesday, June 29, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Grange Hall. Board member select Skipper Manter was the only dissenting vote, saying that retail sales should not occur in the village’s residential area under current zoning regulations.
The board also had a discussion about whether to go back to in-person meetings or do a mixed model. Keeping zooming was a convenient option for board members, even if COVID wasn’t a factor.
Manter said keeping Zoom helps reduce the city’s carbon footprint and allows for more access for people.
“It makes it easier for people to attend. What do we have on screen, a few dozen people here tonight? I don’t know for sure but a) it’s easier for them to participate, which I see more and more these days and (b) just think of Whether those 20 or 24 people headed to town hall. It might not seem like a lot, but we’re increasing the carbon footprint and again in the big picture, it’s not a lot, but every little bit helps,” Manter said. . added Corona virus disease He reared his “ugly head” again,
The hybrid model has been challenging during school committee meetings, despite being run by professionals, according to Manter.
Miller said that she personally prefers in-person meetings because sometimes there are distractions in the house. However, Miller recognized the increase in West Tisbury’s carbon footprint through in-person meetings.
“I’m satisfied with either, it’s fine,” Miller said. “But, the board of health is meeting in person and has been for the past month.”
West Tisbury town manager Jennifer Rand said she “loves Zoom,” but she’s heard from residents who like to have in-person meetings because they don’t have the technology or want to be in the same physical space with those they interact with.
“I think the right thing to do is kind of a hybrid, and we have to get good at it,” Mitchell said. “Looking at where this community is right now [COVID] Risk, the health council’s daily report puts us in great danger now. I think we should be able, as an ongoing issue, to come back to Zoom when such an environment exists and not be beholden to having it mixed in just for the sake of added safety. ”
Rand said she will be running some mixed meeting testing in the next few weeks before committing to coordination.