Food trucks at the brewery? Question returns to selectmen

A proposal to allow food trucks to set up outside Nod Hill Brewery off Route 7 has been submitted to the selectmen and sent to the town attorney for review.

First Selectman Rudy Marconi told the Board of Selectmen about the request on Feb. 21 — and was instructed to get the town attorney’s thoughts.

The proposal comes from attorney Bob Jewell, who approached the selectmen last fall about food trucks on behalf of brewery owner Rob Kaye. The Planning and Zoning Commission had previously determined mobile vendors aren’t under its jurisdiction.

Town Attorney David Grogins advised the selectmen then that food trucks couldn’t be allowed without changing the town mobile food vendors ordinance — as Jewell now proposes.

As revised in November 2016, the law prohibits food vendors from conducting sales in one spot longer than 15 minutes — with a couple of specific exceptions carved out for existing businesses.

Marconi told The Press that Grogins believes the law could be amended — by a town meeting.

“Legally, can we do it? Yes,” Marconi said.

Marconi awaits Grogins’ written opinion.

“When I get that,” he said, “l will put it on an agenda, to discuss with the Board of Selectmen.”