City council vote opens access for food trucks in city parks; second vote needed

Updated: Jul. 13, 2018 at 5:46 AM CDT
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - After Thursday night's Lubbock City Council meeting, food trucks are a step closer to coming to parks across Lubbock.

The council voted 6-0 in favor of changing an ordinance barring food trucks from city parks. Since this is a change to a city ordinance, though, it will take a second and final vote to make it official.

"I know the Food Truck Alliance is just wildly happy about this," Bridget Faulkenberry, the Parks and Recreation director, said. "We have been working with them and they've been really good to work with until this actually happens."

One vocal member of the Food Truck Alliance, Janet Gonzales, said this proposal posses a benefit for both the community and food truck vendors. That seemed to be a sentiment many who attended the city council meeting agreed with as there were no official comments made against the ordinance change.

"Open up these parks -- it gives them visibility for the families to come out and join together," Gonzales said. "The community was asking for this as well. Not only the food trucks, but the community was asking for it too."

Albert Gutierrez, the owner of Now We Taco'n food truck, said over the years he and the city have been working together to make sure he is compliant with city code. Anything that would make it easier to run his business would be more than welcomed.

"I've been in it for two years. And in the two years that I've been in it, the City of Lubbock's been very helpful toward us," Gutierrez said. "Like it's been a learning process for both parties. They're learning and we're learning and both parties are helping create a better format for the food trucks."

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