Ridgefield, CT: Ridgefield seeks opinions on food trucks

Photo: H John Voorhees III / Hearst Connecticut Media ------- Mark McManus's food truck "Only the Hungry" in Ridgefield, Conn. Friday, December 11, 2015.

By Alex Wolff  |  News Times

Photo: Michael Duffy / Michael Duffy -------- Sean Sulli and Tyler Beech find a creative  way to keep warm on a chilly afternoon  working the hot dog cart, Chez Lenard, in  Ridgefield, Conn. Sunday, March 17, 2013.
Photo: Michael Duffy / Michael Duffy
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Sean Sulli and Tyler Beech find a creativeway to keep warm on a chilly 
afternoon working the hot dog cart, Chez Lenard, in Ridgefield, Conn.
Sunday, March 17, 2013.

Ridgefield is seeking opinions from residents and business owners about the affect food trucks and vendors have on downtown.

Two online surveys, one for consumers and one for restaurant owners, are available on the town’s website and ask about whether the mobile vendors detract from other businesses or should be permitted.

The surveys also ask whether people believe food trucks and vendors help draw foot traffic downtown.

In December, the Board of Selectmen put a one-year moratorium on new ice cream trucks, hot dog stands and other food vendors while it considered how best to regulate them. Among the regulations being considered are how many permits should be issued, where vendors should be set up and if there should be seasonal or time limits on operations.

Photo: H John Voorhees III / Hearst Connecticut Media ------- Mark McManus's food truck "Only  the Hungry" in  Ridgefield, Conn. Friday, December 11, 2015.
Photo: H John Voorhees III / Hearst Connecticut Media
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Mark McManus’s food truck “Only the Hungry” in Ridgefield, Conn. 
Friday, December 11, 2015.

Some on the board were concerned that food trucks could detract from existing downtown restaurants.

Photo: H John Voorhees III / Hearst Connecticut Media ----- The town of Ridgefield denied the request  by Mark McManus to set up his food truck, "Only the Hungry",  outside of The Party Depot, in Ridgefield.  Friday, December 11, 2015, in Ridgefield,  Conn.
Photo: H John Voorhees III / Hearst Connecticut Media
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The town of Ridgefield denied the request by Mark McManus to set up his 
Food Truck, “Only the Hungry”, outside of The Party Depot, in Ridgefield.
Friday, December 11, 2015, in Ridgefield, Conn.

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