SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Following complaints by residents over the current location of the popular Soul Bowls truck (Westfield Avenue near Henry Street) at its last public meeting, the Scotch Plains Council introduced an ordinance on Monday that would regulate where food trucks could operate in the township.
When it first went into business, the Soul Bowls truck parked it near the Scotch Plains Quick Check on Forest Road (just south of Westfield Ave.), but moved after Quick Chek complained that the truck was taking away some of its business.
There are no ordinances on the books related to food truck operations, according to Township Attorney William Robertson, who said the law that regulates peddlers in Scotch Plains did not apply to the Soul Bowls truck. The new law, if passed, would establish a separate category for food trucks and limit them to four locations:
- the 1200 block of Martine Ave. (right in front of Highland pool),
- the 2500 block of Plainfield Ave. near the Scotch Hills Country Club,
- the 2300 block of South Ave. near Westfield, and
- the 400 block of Terrill Road near Farley Park.
Councilman Andrew Bondarowicz, who officially was sworn in at the beginning of Monday’s meeting, suggested that the proposed ordinance might be too restrictive and cautioned that in “trying to solve one problem, hopefully, we’re not creating another one.”
Bodarowicz added "we should determine whether we want more food trucks to come into town or are we satisfied with four.”
The topic will be revisited when the Council next meets on Tuesday, Sept. 11.