Badin Town Council discusses donation, food truck ordinances

Published 10:34 am Friday, October 2, 2020

In previous meetings of the Badin Town Council, trees and benches donated for public use were discussed along with the town’s existing ordinance regarding food trucks.

At the September town council meeting, council members reviewed drafts of both policies but took no action on them.

A draft of a new form regarding the donation of trees and benches to the town was presented by Town Manager Jay Almond.

Donors would pay a non-refundable deposit of $200, or 10 percent of the total project, prior to purchase or installation of trees. The donation period would last five years with a first right of refusal for renewal of a new donation.

For the benches, donors would assume all the costs, including the inscription of the plaque.

The council also looked at forms used by Albemarle’s downtown memorial park for engraved brick purchases as an example.

Regarding food trucks, the draft mentioned concerns council has regarding the mobile eateries in terms of urban attractiveness and aesthetic appearance of the town, protection of property values, preservation of livability of neighborhoods, promotion of events and the promotion of comfort of residents living near where trucks may set up.

The draft also set a $50 permit valid through Dec. 31 of the year issued while further separating food trucks as a group from peddler, solicitor or other transient vendors.

The ordinance would further require trucks to be licensed by the county and state health departments, provide their own garbage cans for customers and not use temporary connections to potable water or drinking water.

Trucks could only set up in central and general business districts with property owner approval, or on a vacant lot.

The draft did not have definitive penalties yet for violations of the ordinance.

Badin’s town council also took the following actions:

  • approved an application from Better Badin, Inc. to host a fundraising event Oct. 24, a drive-through fish fry from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.;
  • approved repairing damaged asphalt on the basketball courts in West Badin;
  • scheduled the town’s semi-annual cleanup to start at 8 a.m. Oct. 12 and run through 12 p.m. Oct. 15.
  • received a public works report stating the department expects a positive report on a boom mower currently under repair;
  • discussed street naming procedures including an application to rename a section of N.C. 740 as Lou Donaldson Boulevard, which is underway and entering the next stage of approval.

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio was the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press from 1999-2001 and has currently served in the same capacity since 2008. He was awarded the NCHSAA Tim Stevens Media Representative of the Year and named CNHI Sports Editor of the Year in 2014. He has also been honored four times by the North Carolina Press Association.

email author More by Charles