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New food truck rules approved

Rochester, N.Y. -- More changes are coming to Rochester's food trucks operations.

City Council approved new rules for a one-year PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) program Wednesday night.

In addition to the PILOT program, vendors can now stay open an extra half-hour until 2 a.m. Vendors can also set up on private, commercial property if hired.

"We've made great progress," says City Council member Elaine Spaull. "We're very pleased. This happened because we stopped, took a breath, we listened to all the vendors and we moved forward. So this is a good night for food trucks and food in Rochester."

Arthur Rothfuss owns "Hello Arepa," which sells Latin-American cuisine. He said while he welcomes the change and thinks it's a step in the right direction, he would like to see more steps taken to accommodate food truck vendors.

"We really are pushing for the city to adopt something much like what Buffalo has and other cities across the country," said Rothfuss. "Everyone has a common set of rules and everyone has regulations and we can vend where we want as long as we're in a legal parking spot."

Spaull said City Council can decide to add more sites at any time. There have been a number of concerns about food trucks, mainly about garbage left behind and overtime for Rochester police.

There will be a progress report released by September to update City Council on how things are going and what other changes need to be made.


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