Archive for Thursday, September 10, 2009

Planning commission mulls vendor regulations

September 10, 2009

Eudora Planning Commission member Rose House remembers spending the summers of her childhood in Eudora selling produce in front of her house before she and her siblings could go swim in a nearby pond.

Last Wednesday, planning commissioners discussed whether to regulate seasonal roadside stands.

The issue of regulation arose after local vendors felt out-of-town vendors infringed on their business during this year’s CPA Picnic. The city also regularly receives calls inquiring whether it has a policy regarding the stands.

Planning commission Chairman Kurt Von Achen said city staff should have a definite answer for those inquiries.

A city policy could address a vendor’s residency, the amount of time the vendor is at a location and the size of a vendor’s stand - the bed of a truck vs. a large tent, for example.

House doesn’t think local vendors should be subject to regulation.

“Somebody selling sweet corn out of the back of a pickup or tomatoes from a corner stand - I always think of that as a service to the community,” House said.

Staff engineer Shawn Strate of planning firm Bucher, Willis and Ratliff said many other towns don’t regulate roadside stands because of the difficulty in enforcing regulations.

He will research other area ordinances and report his findings at the next planning commission meeting, set for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at Eudora City Hall.

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