HARTVILLE  With summer fair and festival season in full swing, Village Council adopted an ordinance Aug. 7 establishing restrictions on mobile retail food establishments, along with companion legislation amending village permitting fees to reflect the $100 per year cost of a mobile vending unit permit.

Village Solicitor Ron Starkey said the new village ordinance is based upon a similar law in Jackson Township. 

In addition to the annual permit, the ordinance regulates where mobile food establishments may operate, prohibits them from operating in public rights of way, blocking entrances or exits to properties or fire lanes, using public address systems, or providing dining areas; requires that property owners must give permission for mobile food vendors to operate on private property; and requires that the vendor supply trash containers "in a prominent location."

Other actions

- Council also approved an amendment to the annual village appropriations to include higher than anticipated fuel and repair costs in the police department, a $4,500 fuel cost increase in the street department; $4,500 to repair a catch basin on Lincoln Street; and $43,000 for the possible purchase of a police cruiser in 2018, which has yet to be approved by council. 

Councilwoman Bev Green voted against the appropriations amendment.

- A planning commission recommendation to allow the GentleBrook complex to use a driveway off Grand Trunk Avenue as a secondary drive was also approved by council.