Ector County Commissioners Approve New Food Truck Ordinances

Ector County Commissioners Approve New Food Truck Ordinances

By Alexa Williams
NewsWest 9

ECTOR COUNTY - Some changes have been made to the food truck rules in Ector County. On Monday morning, Commissioners changed their ordinance making it possible for you to order curb side 24/7.

"We did eliminate the hours of operation limitation so they can operate 24/7 now," Ector County Judge, Susan Redford, said.

In the past, vendors could only operate from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. which hurt business for those who wanted to serve oilfield workers in the morning or work private parties like weddings or set up outside of bars at night.

"The hours of operation is very vital to the fail or success of a business. In the summer time, if it's 106 degrees and you're out there in the peak part of the day, I don't think you're going to do very well," Todd Brown, President of the Mobile Food Vendors Association, said.

Commissioners also voted to eliminate the amount of food truck permits that can be issued in the county. Before it was limited to just 25.

"It's a growing community. It's a large county and we need active permitted businesses so we did eliminate that. So it's unrestricted right now as long as you have a permit," Redford said.

These new rules are only a temporary fix. The Midessa Mobile Food Truck Association will have to meet with the Ector County Health Department and present an official ordinance to commissioners, which is expected to be very similar to what was put in place Monday morning.

"It makes us feel really proud that the organization is being heard and being made aware to the public," Brown said.