Vending Cart Discussion Postponed

City officials have decided to delay a City Council discussion on food vending carts, which was slated for Monday, March 1, during a 5 p.m. work session.


City Council was previously scheduled to discuss the possibility of allowing food vending carts on public property, with certain restrictions. Currently, vending carts are allowed on private property, with some restrictions.


“There seems to be a lot of public opposition surrounding the idea of vending carts in public space,” said City Manager Steve Barwick. 


The idea to consider vending carts in a public space grew out of another council work session in the fall of 2009. Staff prepared options and ideas for council to discuss at the work session on Monday in order to formulate a formal proposal, but during preparation for the work session, staff heard some concerns from the business community and disparate ideas on the topic. 


“Now isn’t the time to bring something like this to council when we don’t have a clear consensus on what exactly to propose,” Barwick said. “Perhaps council will consider it at another time when there is clearer consensus from the business community and the community overall.”


City Council is still set to consider an expansion of the Aspen Saturday Market at Monday’s work session.

Posted on Thursday, February 25, 2010