Maplewood’s Food Truck Discussion Attracts Media Attention

Maplewood Mayor Jim White and council members Barry Greenberg, Fred Wolf and Karen Wood oppose food trucks operating in the city.

By Doug Miner | Maplewood Brentwood Patch

Rollie Conner of Jimmy John’s told the city council he hires Maplewood Richmond Heights students. He was at a previous meeting in this photo. Credit Mary Konroy

MaplewoodCity Council drew attention from the media when it discussed food trucks at its Monday meeting.

Maplewood Mayor Jim White (ran unopposed) and council members Barry Greenberg, Fred Wolf and Karen Wood oppose food trucks operating in the city.

The St. Louis Post Dispatch ran an article the next day, quoting Maplewood city manager Martin Corcoran that the food truck issue is dead, “as of tonight.”

Mayor Jim White and council members Barry Greenberg, Fred Wolf and Karen Wood were listed as opposed “because they were worried the trucks could “cannibalize” the local restaurants’ business,” the article stated.

Corcoran is quoted that it would take four votes to pass, and as of Monday, they weren’t there.

The St. Louis Business Journal summarized the meeting in an article on Thursday. Councilmember David Cerven, who said in the meeting he’s for food trucks, was quoted in the article. Jeannine Beck, Maplewood Chamber of Commerce director, and Adrian Glass, owner of The Post told why they are against.

“Maplewood doesn’t have the capacity nor the foot traffic to support those and traditional restaurants, especially around lunchtime,” Glass is quoted in the St. Louis Business Journal article.

The Show-Me-Daily, which comments on Missouri public policy, criticized that the council confused the word, “cannibalism” used in the meeting, “with another “c” word that is vital to any market-driven society: competition.” The article states government shouldn’t put “limitations on ingenuity and entrepreneurship.”

(The Show-Me-Daily stated a vote was taken, which is incorrect.)

MaplewoodBrentwood Patch also reported on the food truck discussion, and how the council stood on the issue.

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