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Bailey sets public hearings on food trucks, ATMs

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BAILEY — The town board is considering allowing standalone bank machines and permitting food trucks, but will wait until a pair of public hearings to make a final decision.

PNC Bank wants to place a freestanding automated teller machine in the parking lot of the downtown building that used to be a bank, said Walter Wells, chairman of the town planning board.

Wells made the recommendations Monday night during the town board’s regularly scheduled monthly meeting.

The former PNC building has been sold. It’s not immediately known what business will locate there. Right now, food trucks use the site.

“The ATM would be in the right front corner of the parking lot in a well-lit, open area,” Wells said.

Wells recommended the town draft an ordinance covering ATM structures so if the matter ever pops back up, the board wouldn’t have to go through all the same steps again.

The ordinance should include language that if any ATM is inactive for more than 90 days, it has to be removed, Wells said.

As far as food trucks, the board should create a permitting process allowing the vehiclular vendors to park only at businesses and not residential properties, and operate within the hours of 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Wells said.

If open for more than six hours at a time, food truck employees must have access to a restroom at the primary business, Wells read from the planning board recommendations.

Food trucks won’t be allowed to block driveways or fire hydrants and must not occupy parking spaces needed for the primary business.

Food truck owners would be required to purchase a permit from the town for $100 a month or $1,000 a year.

“Food trucks are welcome in Bailey, but they will have to follow guidelines, Wells said.

The matter came up at last month’s town meeting where Mayor Thomas Richards said he’d heard complaints from some residents that the town’s acceptance of food trucks meant the town wasn’t supporting local restaurants. This newspaper incorrectly attributed those complaints to restaurant owners, which wasn’t the case, Richards said.

The board set both required public hearings for June 8.

Toward the end of Monday’s meeting, Richards thanked Police Chief Steve Boraski for helping to organize Saturday’s blood drive and senior parade for Southern Nash High School.

“I think it went really well,” Richards said. “I can see it becoming an annual event.”

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