Debate over food trucks heats up at City Hall

Council members clash with representatives from the Northeast Texas Public Health District over food truck regulations.

The debate over food trucks heated up today at a public input budget city council meeting in Tyler. 


City counsel members clashed with North East Texas Public Health District (Net Health) officials over restrictions they believe have kept food trucks from coming to the downtown Tyler area. 


It’s been nearly two years since the city passed ordinances that allow food trucks to operate downtown. However, none of the interested operators have been able to acquire licenses. Something Mayor Martin Heines blames on unreasonable Net Health quality requirements.


“A food truck does not need to be a new food truck to provide healthy food to it’s customers,” Heines said.


CEO of Net Health George Roberts spoke during the public comment portion of the meeting about the positive impact Net Health was having on the East Texas community. 


Roberts believes that the strict restrictions Net Health places  on food truck operators is solely aimed at protecting public health.


Mayor Heines denied that the city was considering cutting funding for Net Health but did say the council was open to exploring options that would bring food truck operation under city control.


(© 2016 KYTX)


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