Mobile business discussion continues in Smithers

Smithers council did not adopt their business licence bylaw last Tuesday, instead choosing to further debate the bylaw.

  • Jun. 21, 2011 11:00 a.m.

Council did not adopt their business licence bylaw last Tuesday, instead choosing to further debate the bylaw.

The bylaw is one that council and staff have been crafting for eight months now and began its process of adoption in April. The bylaw addresses the conditions that must be met in order for a business to be issued a business bylaw, and while much was discussed when it came to mobile restaurants, council felt that mobile vendors on a whole were not addressed satisfactorily.

Concerns that Councillor Norm Adomeit voiced were the size of any mobile vendor and the products.

Following a vigorous previous discussion, council had established a 30 metre restriction for a mobile restaurant from an established business. But what of other mobile vendors, Adomeit asked.

“What about a mobile hockey stick vendor?” he asked.

That was an issue not considered before, Mayor Cress Farrow said, and so for due diligence they have chosen to take this issue back to a Committee of the Whole meeting for further discussion.

“I’m sure that will be at the next meeting,” Farrow said, referring to next week’s council meeting on June 28.

The revised business license bylaw would not have to go through a public hearing in order to be adopted, Farrow said. No complaints on the business bylaw have been received at this time either, he added.