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The Seneca Village Council on Tuesday approved an ordinance that would regulate food service vendor trucks and concession carts that want to operate within village limits.

Village attorney Bob Russo said this would not affect vendors with farmer's market non-refrigerated food items like corn or tomatoes. These individuals will be exempt from this ordinance. The ordinance does pertain to pre-packaged foods, prepared foods that include hotdogs, desserts, pizza and more items like tacos, sandwiches and shaved ice.

Vendor permits

Every mobile food vendor will be required to file written paperwork with the village before a permit can be issued. If a vendor can't furnish a La Salle County Health Department or Grundy County County Health Department sanitation license, a permit will not be be issued. The permit will cost $50 per vendor unit.

Insurance and license

Every vendor must furnish proof of comprehensive public liability insurance coverage for not less than $500,000 when applying for an annual license. The one-year license will be valid from Jan. 1 thru Dec. 31, regardless of when the license is issued. Upon renewal, in addition, a new application, and $50 will be charged.

Vendor hours and regulations

Food trucks can operate in the village Monday through Friday from 12:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. No vendors can operate between the hours of 2:30 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Trash receptacles must be provided. Food trucks cannot park within five hundred (500) feet of any special event without written consent or permission to participate in the event from the event's operator.

Violation penalties/fees

Any Vendor convicted of violation of this ordinance will be fined not less than $300 and not more than $1000 for any one offense. Multiple violations of the same section, violation(s) at multiple locations and each day of a continuing violation will be considered separate offenses.

"This is an original ordinance," Russo said. "Actually, we've had a lot of food trucks in our village," Village Clerk Jennifer Peddicord added. "Food trucks are gaining a lot of popularity in our area so this is an important and timely ordinance."