In their first regular public meeting of 2022, Tyrone Borough Council members approved a revised ordinance to allow for residents to have ducks. The ordinance was originally written to allow for chickens, but now will allow for six ducks or six chickens — one or the other, not both.
Absent from Monday’s meeting were council vice president David Snyder and Pastor Ken Patterson. Of those remaining in attendance, all voted in favor of the revision with the exception of Bob Dollar. Dollar told The Daily Herald following the meeting that he had also voted against the chicken ordinance when it came for a vote.
Dollar explained, “I just don’t think that chickens or ducks are domesticated animals and they don’t belong in the borough; they belong on a farm.”
With regards to food trucks in the borough, Tyrone Borough manager Ardean Latchford took time during his report to gather more information from council members to set some rules for an ordinance addressing food trucks in the borough.
Food trucks were discussed at last month’s meeting as well, as the borough has received requests for food trucks to set up during times outside of various street festivals in Tyrone.
“While borough staff are certainly not opposed to this,” Latchford said, “we do feel there need to be some guidelines.”
Latchford gathered together some suggestions for rules following the last meeting, including that trucks need to be self-sufficient and not use borough utilities, should be parked at metered spaces and should pay, should have their service windows towards the sidewalk, and should not be parked along West 10th Street. They must have a current inspection through the Dept. of Health and be insured before they can obtain a permit from the borough in order to set up their business on borough property. The ordinance will not address food trucks parked in parking lots at private properties in town or during the festivals, Latchford explained. The ordinance will, however, stop the food trucks from just showing up and parking along borough streets. They will need to obtain a permit to come in and set up.
Latchford suggested that the council members be cautious at how often the food trucks are allowed, out of respect for local business owners.
Mayor Bill Latchford asked if the ordinance will designate areas where the food trucks can set up. Ardean Latchford indicated that instead, it will set guidelines as to where they can’t set up, such as along West 10th Street from Logan Ave. to Pennsylvania Ave. and along Pennsylvania Ave., between 10th and 11th Street, as those are more congested areas.
New council member Rob Poust said allowing food trucks in town “could potentially open up the possibility” for them to establish a brick and mortar business in town.
Council members directed borough solicitor Daniel Stants to draft an ordinance for next month’s meeting.