No new food trucks in Petrolia this summer

Dips Ice Cream tested the Petrolia market in 2020. It had a spot at the Victoria Hall parking lot. Council has approved the use of another food truck at Bridgeview Park

The Independent

Petrolia councillors have put the idea of more food trucks in the community on hold.

Councillor Wade Deighton wanted to see more than one food truck in the community. A committee had suggested one more in North Bridgeview Park. The permit would be at least $5,000 a year for three years.

One food truck operator, Dan Wellington, told councillors the fees for would be too high for his soft ice cream truck.

“I think with with the fee, what would be the tender at $5,000 per year, we will still continue to support the community and do our do some special events for for the people that we can, but I think at that at that dollar amount, it’s going to be hard for us to justify trying to get a spot in town,” says Wellington.

Council tabled the plan at the suggestion of Councillor Marty Souch.

“It’s probably the worst time that we could have ever done this,” he says, adding it can be brought up when restaurant owners are “in charge of their own destiny” after the COVID-19 pandemic is over.