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New ordinance could bring more food truck spots to Eau Claire


Eau Claire (WQOW) - It could be easier for you to grab some grub all year in Eau Claire if a new food truck ordinance is approved at the end of the month.

Coming up at the Eau Claire City Council meeting on Monday, Jeff Pippenger, the utilities administrator for the City of Eau Claire, will present an idea to add more spots for local food trucks.

Pippenger said Boyd, Lakeshore, McDonough and Half Moon Parks could have food truck areas available year-round. Specific trucks would have to comply to the open park hours, but the idea could bring more opportunities for local food trucks to get out in the community more often.

The owner of Summer Snow in Eau Claire, Mitch Sletner, is on board with the ordinance because he feels like the "meals on wheels" concept is becoming more popular in the Chippewa Valley.

Sletner and Pippenger said the concept would bring more people together, and it could help grow stronger neighborhoods.

"Being at those local parks with events really brings something new to the table," Sletner said. "That's exciting for not only myself, particularly, but everyone else in the food truck scene. I know a lot of people who are definitely excited about the idea of being at those public parks."

Cameron, Newell, Mitscher, Demmler and County Farm Parks would also be able to allow food trucks at the park if the ordinance is passed, but only during the summertime. Trucks could sell food at the smaller parks from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Pippenger told News 18 the council will hear the ordinance's first read on Monday, before they vote on the ordinance at the end of February.

Related: Monday's council packet.

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