Food Trucks In Century? Town To Discuss Regulations And Fees

February 21, 2019

The Town of Century will hold a workshop next month to discuss regulations on food trucks in the town.

Workshop topics will include permit requirements, restrictions and the use of water and sewer. Town Planner Debbie Nickles said the Century Land Development Code (LDC) needs to be amended to allow food truck operation, and fees should be discussed.

When a “permanent food truck” was installed late last year behind Odom’s Bar in Century, town official discovered that food trucks were not directly addressed in the LDC. Odom’s agreed to comply with town direction and obtain separate water and sewer taps for the food business.

While there are no traditional mobile food trucks currently operating in Century, Nickles and town council members noted that food trucks often set up at special events in town, such as the Fourth of July fireworks show.

The food truck workshop will be held Monday, March 18 at 5:30 p.m. at the Century Town Hall.

Pictured: A “permanent food truck” behind Odom’s Bar in Century. photo, click to enlarge.


10 Responses to “Food Trucks In Century? Town To Discuss Regulations And Fees”

  1. chris on February 22nd, 2019 2:44 pm

    Century is bleeding red ink, and rife with corruption and ineptitude. Food trucks are the last thing they should worry about. Who in their right mind would make Century a destination to go hang out?

  2. Anne on February 21st, 2019 10:17 pm

    Some time back one of the County Commissioners wanted to set up a sort of “Food Truck Hot Spot” where several of them would gather and offer different types of lunch to folks.
    Before the plan was over it required water and sewer hookups, electrical boxes and meters, porta potties, places for customer hand washing and a huge concrete pad for the trucks to park on. It seemed like a simple easy idea that was somewhat beneficial to the vendors and public grew into an outlandish rash as only Government can make happen.
    Not that food trucks in Century is a bad thing, just the WE The People need to know what is really involved and the cost to Us the Taxpayers before it becomes uncontrollable.
    P.S. the vendors in the first part here decided that it was too much of a hassle to get involved and didn’t buy in.

  3. BG on February 21st, 2019 8:52 pm

    Every truck i have seen has got tires and wheels on it. What world is the person
    from that said this was a truck.

  4. me on February 21st, 2019 2:38 pm

    Where is there a food truck in the picture? Food trucks do need to be Health Dept regulated. As for sales txx/business license purposes—it could be handled in multi ways: (A) the special event coordinator has a business license/permit and all vendors operate under them. They are responsible for collecting sales tax from each vendor and remitting to city/county/state after their event is over.(B) vendors have a business license and operate under it (yes, this includes remitting sales tax appropriately to city/county/state.
    (C) If Century doesn’t want them…Food Trucks can line up on unincorporated area–and are only requires to remit taxes to county/state.

    Options A & B create revenue Century.

  5. EMD on February 21st, 2019 12:17 pm

    Watch the government jump in and make it near, if not totally impossible to have any business with their regulations, permits, fees and taxes and insurance and inspections and anything else to prevent the no income, low income or average Joe from making it and then bemoan the situation in a town like Century. Sad. And, frustrating.

  6. bob on February 21st, 2019 12:12 pm

    I agree with James!!!

    “Century Council, repair your own fraud and lack of oversight prior to addressing these minor issues.”

  7. elmer on February 21st, 2019 11:36 am

    here we have government jumping in to steal there 2 cents

  8. Stumpknocker on February 21st, 2019 9:45 am

    I don’t see how that’s a food truck, but they should have just figured away to attach it to the building and that would have fixed that problem. Wondering about all the small town vendors at the car show or they awesome fella on the side by side selling candy and cold drinks .

  9. James on February 21st, 2019 8:39 am

    One of the last things on Century’s agenda should be the concern of food trucks and food vendors at special events such Independence Day fireworks. There is practically no reason to visit Century now so why would the council choose to regulate vendors out of special events? Not everyone wants to attend a community event if concessions and other vendors aren’t available. Will this regulation also consider temporary craft vendors with tents, Girl Scout cookie tables, and lemonade stands? Century Council, repair your own fraud and lack of oversight prior to addressing these minor issues.

  10. DLo on February 21st, 2019 8:19 am

    The state already has standards and permitting for food trucks. Century has the opportunity here not to run legitimate businesses away by just saying as long as the trucks meet and are operating according to those standards they are welcome in Century, but I seriously doubt they have the capability to get out of their own way. Time will tell.

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