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Ordinance passed regarding food trucks in city parks

Food trucks operating within any Jackson city park must now have authorization from the Parks and Recreation director (or a designee) before selling food or beverage to the public.

The Mayor and Board of Aldermen passed an ordinance July 20 requiring the authorization and payment of a $15 per day fee.

According to the permit, the only vending location where mobile trucks and trailers are allowed is the northeast corner of the parking lot of the municipal swimming pool at the intersection of North High St. and West Independence Street.

This ordinance does not affect food trucks operating outside of the city parks or those that operate under a special use permit, such as during the July 4 celebration or the “flip the switch” party.

In other action

• Parking change: The Board amended the “Fifteen Minute, One Hour, and Two Hour Parking Limit Schedule” to include some additional two-hour parking spots  on North Missouri Street between Main and Washington streets. This will prevent visitors to the new County Courthouse from parking all day in front of the businesses on Missouri Street.

In addition, a handicapped parking spot was moved from one side of the street to the other; away from City Hall (the old library entrance) to in front of the businesses.

• Tax rates: A public hearing was set for 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17, to consider the proposed 2020 Parks and recreation, general revenue, cemetery and Band tax rates.

• Fireworks permit: The Board granted a permit for a public fireworks display on Saturday, Aug. 8, between 6 p.m. and midnight, for a wedding reception at 1305 Broadridge Dr., as requested by Steve Blankenship.

• Power plant: The Board accepted a proposal from John Randol Masonry, LLC, of Jackson, and authorized a contract for the power plant masonry repointing project.

• Water line: The Board approved a memorandum of understanding between the City and St. Francis Medical Center regarding the relocation of a water line at 2102 and 2122 E. Jackson Blvd.

• Roundabout: The Board approved a $23,043 change order to Lappe Cement Finishing. Inc., of Friedheim, regarding the roundabout at East Main Street and Shawnee Boulevard.

• Public hearing set: The Board set a public hearing for Monday, Aug. 17, to consider rezoning the property at 2705 Hilltop Drive from R-2 (single family residential) to C-2 (general commercial) as submitted by Wicks Properties, LLC.

Gregory Dullum has worked for The Cash-Book Journal for more than 25 years. Prior to becoming the editor in May 2017, he was production manager, circulation manager and reporter. Before moving to Cape Girardeau in 1988, he was editor of the Saint Louis Park Sailor, a weekly community newspaper in suburban Minneapolis, MN. A native of Minnesota, he returned there after graduating with distinction in 1978 from Ambassador College in Pasadena, CA, with a degree in mass communications. His wife, Marie, whom he met in college, is a native of Zalma, a small town in southeast Missouri. They have two grown daughters and five grandchildren. Gregory may be reached at

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