Food truck discussion kicked into high gear

The public hearing will be held at the June 19 meeting.

The discussion of food trucks on Main Street continued at Wednesday night’s Medford Council meeting.

As previously discussed, food trucks could be placed on Main Street once a month to create more foot traffic and to encourage people to visit the shops and restaurants along the street.

The draft ordinance stated the food trucks would be stationed on Main Street from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., at least once per month.

Once the food trucks are up and running and the success rates are evaluated, there will be discussion on the possibility to have the food trucks stationed on Main Street twice per month.

There will be a maximum of six food trucks allowed on Main Street at a time, and there are plans to create variety through having each vendor sell different types of food.

The maximum decibel rate for generators has been noted at 70 decibels to ensure the generator does not produce too much noise, after Deputy Mayor Brad Denn suggested a maximum decibel rate be required at the May 22 meeting.

Mayor Chuck Watson stated he researched appropriate decibel rates as well and feels comfortable with the requirements being at 70 decibels.

“We’ll see whether we need to go lower or higher from that in future times. I don’t think we’ll probably have to go higher, again all my research has said 70 is probably about as high as we want to go,” Watson said.

After the final discussion on the food trucks, the matter proceeded to an ordinance at the meeting that passed on first reading. There will be a public hearing at the next meeting, in hopes to have food trucks in place by July.

The other topic of discussion was to select the Pine Barrens Festival “Focus on Our Town” nominees. Township Manager Kathy Burger suggested David and Renee Zallie, the owners of Medford’s ShopRite, and the council agreed.

Their names were suggested at last year’s discussion as well; however former Fire Chief Patrick Devlin was chosen. Burger stated she researched back to 2004, and the two have never been recognized, making them the perfect recipients.

“They do so much for our town, and I think it would be great to recognize them,” Watson said.

The Pine Barrens Festival runs from July 23 to July 28, and Medford’s Town Night will take place opening night.

In other news:

  • Brush pickup has been completed in Zone 4, and is anticipated to move to the remainder of Zone 3 and Zone 2 starting at Oakwood Lakes.

The next meeting will be held on June 19 at 7 p.m. at the Public Safety building located at 91 Union St.