Birmingham, AL: Birmingham City Council Delays Food Truck Vote Due to Council President Maxine Parker’s Illness

Customers line up at the Cantina on Wheels food truck during the Trucks by the Tracks benefit at Railroad Park in September. (Tamika Moore/tmoore@al.com)

By Bob Carlton  |  AL.com

Customers line up at the Cantina on Wheels food truck during the Trucks by the Tracks benefit at Railroad Park in September. (Tamika Moore/tmoore@al.com)
Customers line up at the Cantina on Wheels food truck during the Trucks by the Tracks benefit at Railroad Park in September. (Tamika Moore/tmoore@al.com)

The Birmingham City Council delayed a vote on a proposed mobile food vendors’ ordinance this morning due to the hospitalization of Council President Maxine Parker.

Parker, who just began her third term on the council, is in serious condition at a Birmingham hospital, relatives said this morning.

The council streamlined today’s agenda in Parker’s absence and is expected to reconsider the mobile food vendors’ proposal at its Dec. 10 meeting.

The issue of how to regulate Birmingham’s growing food truck scene has been simmering at Birmingham City Hall since July 2012, when some restaurants complained the trucks and push carts were taking away their business.

The Greater Birmingham Street Food Coalition has opposed some of the proposed regulations, which the food truck owners say are too restrictive.

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