Newburgh Town Council passes food trucks ordinance unanimously

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NEWBURGH, Ind. (WEHT) – The Newburgh Town Council has passed the food trucks ordinance unanimously.

There will be some rules as to where and when the trucks can serve in Newburgh.

And we’re told most people and business owners in town are in favor of welcoming the food trucks.

Councilwoman Allyson Claybourn says restaurant owners trust the council to represent their best interests. She believes food trucks will help their business long term with more traffic.

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NEWBURGH, Ind. (WEHT) – Newburgh Town Council members have passed the food trucks ordinance unanimously.

Now that the ordinance passed, there will be rules on where and when the food trucks can serve.

Newburgh may bring food to the fast lane.

“No, I didn’t know that, that’s great.”

“Food trucks are great, pretty good food, and small business.”

Town Councilwoman Allyson Claybourn has worked for more than a year to see this vote.

“Worked with the restaurant owners as well as the retailers and merchants in town.”

In the proposed ordinance, food trucks will be allowed at Lou Dennis Park, the Old Lock and Dam, the Aurand Trailhead, and a couple of parking lots around town.

“Well I guess it sounds good if they get the right food in here and bring it to the right place.”

Claybourn says she’s talked to restaurant and shop owners to respect their business. She believes food trucks will help the town grow.

“Anything that brings people to Newburgh and to our riverfront area so more people can enjoy it and patronize our businesses and restaurants, the better.”

“I think it could, yeah. I think so. I don’t know, I’m not much of an authority.”

There’s no town ordinance addressing food trucks, so they haven’t really been welcome.

Claybourn hopes trucks soon find a new home.

“I think they should have food truck. I mean, I don’t know why they don’t already.”

Claybourn hasn’t heard much pushback and doesn’t expect much controversy.

“People may come visit the area that have not been to downtown Newburgh before and end up coming back and patronizing our businesses and restaurants that are there.”

Most people in town seem ready to open their streets, and bellies, to food.

“I know they have their festivals and stuff here, I figured they had food trucks all the time.”

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(This story was originally published on June 12, 2019)

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