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SCHUYLER – City Attorney Dick Seckman advised Schuyler City Council members to approve the three-reading rule to allow public input on the upcoming food truck regulations during their April 3 meeting held at the Schuyler Municipal Building.

Mayor David Reinecke said when there are too many food trucks coming into Schuyler and occupying available parking lots, it can take away the profits of existing businesses.

The Schuyler Planning Commission first discussed possible revisions to food truck regulations during an Oct. 24 meeting. The revisions include a new fee for food truck vendors and they will have to undergo background checks.

 This three-read system provides community members the opportunity to be familiar with the ordinance while providing feedback.

Seckman also advised council members to notify existing food vendors about the upcoming ordinance.

Council members will vote on the three-reading rule during the council meeting on April 17.

In other board news:

• Brian Bywater, community housing specialist for Schuyler Community Development, announced that the application for LB518 has been submitted. It is a bill relating to economic development to adopt the Rural Workforce Housing Investment Act that provides lower interest loans for developers.

• The council approved the receipt of the new library property by a warranty deed from The Schuyler Public Library Foundation effective April 2.

• Schuyler Community Development began its 2018 Housing Study late fall. It is a community assessment to address Schuyler’s housing needs. Half of the funds for the study were granted by Nebraska Investment Finance Authority (NIFA) and the city pays the other half. Council members approved the payment of $40,000 from the LB480 funds – which are tax dollars that were approved by local voters – for RDG Planning and Design for the completion of the 2018 Housing Study update.

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