MEDFORD, Ore. -- Your late night cravings will soon have a fix! A new ordinance passed by the Medford City Council on Thursday will allow food trucks to engage in nighttime vending on public streets in downtown. The ordinance changes go into effect on November 1, 2019.
As of now, all food trucks in Medford operate as temporary vendors. This means every night the trucks have to be moved, but soon that won't be the case.
Stephanie Card, owner of Heart & Bowl, went to the council meeting and spoke on behalf of food truck vendors. She said these are changes food vendors have wanted for years.
"I think it'll bring a lot more food trucks to downtown Medford and I think it will more for more of a lively lunch scene and a really great place for people to come from all over to eat lunch," Card said.
Ordinance changes include:
- food trucks can park along downtown streets for nighttime vending from 9 p.m. until 3 a.m.
- every food truck can apply for a permit to park in one location indefinitely
- food trucks can stay in one location overnight for five days in a row
For some vendors, the ability to stay overnight will save them hours each work day. Dale Neilson, co-owner of The Melt, said he spends two hours setting up the food truck every morning and another two hours taking everything down every night. These changes will save him more than four hours every day.
"It's going to make my life a lot easier," Neilson said. "I'm going to be able to actually tear down in half an hour, leave the trailer, come back the next day and just work. Rather than tearing down everything, dropping everything and putting it back together. It's just going to make it a much less stressful work environment."
Neilson told NewsWatch12 he doesn't think these changes would have happened without Card.
"The city council only had so much information as far as how food trucks operated, so to actually hear from a food truck operator, really probably gave them some good insight," Neilson said.