Board discusses proposed business

HANOVER – New business is good, but without a permanent location, it’s complicated.

The issue of unregulated mobile food trucks and temporary food trailers was brought to the forefront for the Hanover Planning Board when Charles Fredrick and Gina Rossotto presented a new business idea.

The pair proposed a barbecue restaurant that would serve drive-thru customers and have picnic tables for a sit-down meal. The temporary food shed used to be Kiki’s on the Dunkirk City Pier and can be moved from its location on Routes 5 & 20 for events if necessary.

“We came to see what we need to do,” Fredrick said.

He added if business goes well, he hopes to make it a permanent business and notes there are no other barbecue restaurants in the area.

Board members were first concerned with health department regulations pertaining mainly to hooking into the water and sewer systems and needing a public restroom.

The board also questioned the zoning of the property, the need for signage permits, water/sewer district regulations, driveway permits and local laws.

“We are all for this, but we want to have our ducks in a row,” Chairwoman Carol Depasquale said.

Board member Ron Brennan added, “We have a lot of questions. … Food trucks are becoming very popular.”

Board member Joan Berner pointed out this would not be the first person in town to open a temporary restaurant. She referred to Campi’s Pizza trailer, which is also located on Routes 5 & 20 and is open during the week and on weekends goes to events.

“But is it legal?” Brennan asked.

The board asked Fredrick to get written documentation of health department regulations while Depasquale would get information from the water/sewer law, code enforcement officer and town attorney. Berner was also assigned to look into other municipality’s ordinances regulating food trucks.

In addition, the board discussed proposed Local Law #3 of 2014 to regulate roaming livestock. Brennan, as a cattle farmer himself, voiced opposition to the law as it is written, without consideration for upstanding farmers with the occasional loose cow. The public hearing for this law will be held at the town board meeting Monday at 7:30 p.m.

Board member Ed Schintzius was asked to serve on the Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan committee for the town.

The board will hold a special meeting to discuss the town comprehensive plan on Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m. Its regular meeting will be Sept. 15 at 7 p.m.