53°F
weather icon Clear

Officials look to change mobile vending regulations

Since Pete and Trish Ellis started operating a mobile food vending machine in March, they have built up their corner and gained some customers.

A father-daughter duo, Pete’s Meats and Treats is one of several Pahrump businesses located along a well-traveled stretch of Highway 160. But officials recently said that they had heard concerns about off-the-road vendors from some of the passersby.

“We have had complaints about people parking on land without permission or creating a traffic hazard,” Nye County Department of Planning Director Darrell Lacy said. “We are trying to put in place simple regulations to manage where they operate.”

The matter will be discussed during a Pahrump Regional Planning Commission meeting tonight where officials plan to introduce a new section to Nye County comprehensive land use planning and zoning that regulates mobile food vending. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at the Nye County Commission chambers on Calvada Eye.

The planning commission would send any changes on to the Nye County Commission, which then could adopt the changes into the county code.

As a licensed vendor, Pete Ellis can vend from any street easement, but he said he already has to pay for at least one annual health department inspection.

“Certainly, anybody that’s parked at a corner or blocking the view out of an access to another public building would be an issue but I can’t see where anything along the side of a highway causes any kind of health or safety issue,” Pete Ellis said.

According to the changes proposed by officials, vendors should have legal access to the land where they are parked, paved access and parking for customers off the street, and proper health department permits.

Additionally, mobile food vending units wishing to operate along Nevada Highway 160 and Nevada Highway 372 shall apply for a conditional use permit, according to the document.

Lacy said regulations would apply only to three or four regular vendors who set up one location for an extended time.

“This does not apply to ones who only operate at events or visit construction sites,” Lacy said.

From Tuesday to Saturday, Ellis parks his van in a parking lot next to Allstate Insurance where he sells Kansas City-style barbecue and an assortment of meat entrees. The location draws customers throughout the day but Ellis said he typically sees strong sales growth in the evening.

“This seems like a great location,” he said. “I have the desire to have more people, but I have enough people.”

Some of the proposed regulations also prohibit mobile food vending units from parking right-of-way and being stationary in one location for more than a maximum of one hour in every 24-hour period.

“I think we’ve got enough laws, that’s what I really think,” Ellis said. “I actually thought this was a little bit of a freer state than it is already and I’m surprised that there are as many regulations.

“Right now, I don’t think there’s any issue with too many vendors or traffic problems or safety issues,” he said.

Pahrump Regional Planning Commission Chairman John Koenig and Vice Chairman Gregory Hafen declined to comment on the proposed regulations ahead of the Wednesday meeting.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
Halloween events abound in Pahrump

Several local individuals and organizations including the Nye County Sheriff’s Office are hosting a special two-day Halloween celebration.

Friday declared a day to remember nuke workers

Cold War Patriots will host a virtual 12th Annual Cold War Patriots Official National Day of Remembrance on Friday, Oct. 30. The presentation will be available for on-demand viewing any time. The celebration recognizes the men and women who worked in the U.S. nuclear weapons and uranium industries and honors those who are no longer with us.

Nye County floats possibility of balloon ordinance

Whether finding them fascinating or frightening, everyone seems to have an opinion on hot air balloons and for several Pahrump locals, they have recently become a big problem.

Sisolak proclaims Oct. 12 Indigenous Peoples Day

Gov. Steve Sisolak has proclaimed Oct. 12 Indigenous People’s Day in Nevada, a proclamation that recognizes the Paiutes, Shoshone and Washoe nations as early inhabitants of the Great Basin and reiterates the state’s commitment to close the equity gap between indigenous people and the larger population.

Attorneys general oppose limits on foreign students

Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford announced Tuesday he joined 22 state attorneys general in opposing efforts by the Trump administration to severely restrict the amount of time international students are allowed to stay in the United States.

Last Bottle House resident passes

Evan Thompson III, the last person to have actually lived in the Tom Kelly Bottle House in Rhyolite, passed away Oct. 2 at the age of 83. Most of the information in this article comes from an interview I conducted with him some five years ago.

Deal brings vision plans to Nevada Health Link

The Silver State Health Insurance Exchange on Wednesday announced a partnership with VSP Individual Vision Plans, an offering of VSP Vision Care, the only national not-for-profit vision benefits company.

Health district offers tips for a safe Halloween

Traditional Halloween activities can be unsafe during a pandemic, and the Southern Nevada Health District is issuing tips to help plan for a safer and healthier Halloween.

Cattlemen seeking teacher of the year nominations

The Nevada Cattlemen’s Association has started their annual quest for teacher of the year candidates and are asking for help in soliciting nominations from school principals and fellow teachers. The deadline for submitting nominations is Nov. 1.