City to look at lessening red tape

Mike Carson
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SUMMERSIDE – The city’s technical services committee will look to lessen red tape for mobile sales establishments when it meets in June.

Summerside Councillor Cory Thomas will introduce a resolution to reduce red tape for mobile sales establishments. Thomas said he wants to make it easier for businesses to work within the city. 

 

Councillor Cory Thomas, chairman of the technical services committee, first raised the issue during a special city council meeting on May 6 after Kevin Wile and Donnie Gallant applied for a mobile sales establishment permit to operate the Out To Lunch truck next to their business, the Butcher Shop, on Central Street.

Council approved the application Monday night.

Thomas wants the bylaw reviewed to help out local businesses.

“At our next committee meeting will be the licensing bylaw,” he said. “I want to make it easier for businesses such as Mr. Gallant and Mr. Wile, who had a good reputation in the city and have done well. We, as a council, can look at it and make it easier for them to go through this process.”

Thomas wants the bylaw changed from requiring these businesses to renew a licence yearly to once every three years.

The fees for the licences will remain the same. For a local business wanting to operate a mobile sales business, the fee is $500per year. For non-locals, the licence fee is $1,000.

Thomas is also asking the city to look at patio regulations.

“We don’t have anything per se, in the city, for businesses,” he said. “It’s something that I would like to see in writing that’s easy that we can do as a city.”

Thomas said he will be providing more information on the operation of outside patios for businesses at the June 3 technical services committee meeting.

mcarson@journalpioneer.com

Geographic location: Central Street

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