Mobile vending licenses have increased in Hermiston, but so far no one has snatched them up.

In August, the Hermiston City Council voted to increase the number of available licenses from three to six after hearing complaints that there were people who wanted to open food trucks in town but could not because all three licenses were currently in use. The amended ordinance came into effect last week, 30 days after passage.

City planner Clint Spencer said he has talked to people interested in opening a food truck in town, but as of Thursday afternoon all three new licenses are still up for grabs.

“We’ve received a lot of inquiries and have been working to help people find sites that comply with the spacing requirements but no one has submitted an actual application,” he said in an email.

The new ordinance opens up other business opportunities beyond the long-term licenses. Temporary 90-day licenses are available for uses, such as a summer ice cream stand. The city has also expressed intent to create a food pod on public property, possibly the parking lot on Orchard Street across from the Hermiston Post Office. Trucks involved in the food pod would not be required to hold one of the six long-term licenses.

Spencer said the city is working on the food pod idea, but it would not start until spring, when the weather would be better.

For more information about mobile vending rules and licenses, contact city hall at 541-567-5521.

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