Business bylaw approaching adoption

Smithers council decided that although it wasn’t mandatory that they would hold a public opportunity to speak last week regarding the business bylaw. While they felt they’ve dealt with mobile restaurants sufficiently, council decided to delay adopting the bylaw at their last meeting as mobile vendors brought up a few questions.

  • Jul. 26, 2011 3:00 p.m.

Nobody wanted to speak about the business bylaw, however one letter was received.

Smithers council decided that although it wasn’t mandatory that they would hold a public opportunity to speak last week regarding the business bylaw. While they felt they’ve dealt with mobile restaurants sufficiently, council decided to delay adopting the bylaw at their last meeting as mobile vendors brought up a few questions.

“It’s been a healthy debate,” Mayor Cress Farrow said, who wasn’t surprised to see no verbal submissions at last weeks meeting.  “We’ve really covered this issue off … so I was very comfortable that it would move through quickly tonight.”

The one letter received was from Anne Lauderdale regarding the fruit truck.

“I, like hundreds of others in this town, are regular users of the fruit stand,” she writes.

As they’re only here for such a short time, she continued, the town should support them as they pose no competition to the town’s existing food vendors.

“On behalf of many I request that you welcome and accommodate these people,” she stated.

The business bylaw, that council amended to waive all restrictions for mobile vendors during special events, should be adopted at their next meeting.