COPPERAS COVE — The Copperas Cove City Council will again review a proposal to add additional regulations to the city’s Code of Ordinances to cover the licensing and inspection of stationary and mobile food vendors.
The changes to Chapter 7 of the city code were brought before the council on Oct. 1 by Fire Chief Michael Neujahr. The chief stated at that time that additional rules were needed to ensure that food vendors obey the same safety standards as those required for restaurants and food service operations. The proposal would have added a new article to the city’s Code of Ordinances governing fire prevention and protection. The rules would set in place a mechanism for the fire department to inspect and enforce fire and life-safety principles for food vendors. Vendors would be required to get a permit from the fire chief and meet minimum fire and safety standards before being allowed to operate. It also would establish violations of the ordinance as a class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500.
The item was tabled after several objections were raised by both City Council members and the Chamber of Commerce. They asked that their questions be resolved before moving forward with any vote on the changes.
An outline of the agenda item for Tuesday’s regular City Council meeting indicates that the questions raised by council members have been discussed and answered, Among the information provided to the council are specific sections of the International Fire Code that were used to create the new rules. Discussions with the Chamber of Commerce and the city attorney determined the chamber’s insurance binder will cover food vendors at specific events. However, any activity outside of those events will require the food vendor to have proof of insurance at the time of their inspection by the fire department.
The new rules would take effect on Jan. 1.
City Council members will also adjourn into executive session to continue to discuss personnel matters with the city manager and the city attorney. The council has gone into executive session to discuss personnel issues at its two previous regular meetings.
Tuesday’s regular meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Copperas Cove Technology Center, 508 S. Second St.