Village to consider fees for temporary vendors

Foti also questioned health issues surrounding vendors that sell food at events. He asked the board if a hot dog stand is held to the same rigorous standards that would be expected of a downtown restaurant.

"I know for a fact that the health department does arrive prior to events and checks the cleanliness of a food vendor," said Marti Mozdzier, executive director of the Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce.

Regardless, village mayor Mickey Desmarais said the village should seek more from temporary vendors, since local businesses already do their part by paying sales tax and business tax.

"If someone's going to pull into town in a wagon and sell a product, then what's their contribution back to the community?" Desmarais asked. "If it means charging them a fee or raising a fee I think the point is well taken and we'll look into that seriously."

Wright, advised the board not to take immediate action regarding the village's permit policies.

"It would be hasty to start drafting any changes to our policies tonight," he said.

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