was tasked with reaching out to local businesses and other community stakeholders in figuring out how best to regulate food trucks in Winters. His work helped city officials complete an ordinance on the issue that was passed to the city council by the planning commission in October and approved by the city council in December. With the ordinance approved, the planning commission was finally able to consider Silverio Arteaga’s application to operate the Buckhorn Catering food truck on the property of the Winters General Store in a spot next to the building. Last year, the planned location of the food truck drew considerable concern from the operators of the Kountry Kitchen restaurant, which would have been in close proximity to the truck. The restaurant’s owners complained of the potential for accumulating garbage and food truck patrons relieving themselves in the open if restroom facilities were not made available. A city official dismissed the open bathroom complaint, saying at the time the issue likely had nothing to do with food truck customers. The concern over garbage and littering was remedied by including a requirement a trash can within 25 feet of a food truck. Last Tuesday, the planning commission granted Arteaga’s application to operate the Buckhorn Catering food truck in a spot next to the Winters General Store closer to Railroad Avenue. That location makes it closer to another food truck already operating on private property, but farther away from Winters High School compared to the Kountry Kitchen. A staff report published ahead of last week’s meeting said the Buckhorn Catering truck plans to operate three to five times a week from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It did not say on which days of the week the truck would operate, though a city official said at the commission meeting that the earliest Arteaga would be able to start operating the truck is Feb. 2. Two employees who will operate within the truck will have access to the bathroom at the Winters General Store, the staff report said. The application was granted on condition that city officials provide a report to the planning commission on any problems or concerns about the the food truck, saying the first official permit was a test case in the implementation of the process.]]>
Buckhorn Catering food truck finally gets approval to open up shop in Winters
A long-awaited permit has been granted to the Buckhorn Catering food truck to start operating near the Winters General Store as early as next month.