For the first time ever, the Town of Drumheller has a fully worked out plan for licensing, locating and regulating mobile vendors in the valley.
Recent years have seen the creation of a couple local food trailers, along with a lot more food and non-food mobile operations.
"There's a better mechanism now in place to deal with requests from vendors, especially when it comes to locations, it gives them a bit more freedom," remarked Councilor Lisa Hansen-Zacharuk. "It addresses youth vendors, it addresses the fees, even appeal requests and some of that, there wasn't any clear indication previously as to what was required from some of the vendors."
The new bylaw has already received words of support from some local vendors, including Sean and Tara Scott of The Stuffed Kilt food trailer.
"One of the things council wanted to do was just insure that the people who are going to be affected by this policy framework would have the chance to have their say on it," recalled Hansen-Zacharuk. "Tara was really receptive; she didn't feel that there needed to be any other changes."
While much of Drumheller Bylaw 01.18 is directed at food vendors, Hansen-Zacharuk is happy to see that it encompasses other local vendor operations.
"Regardless of the mobile vendors, I can't wait to see the Sea Cans and the little micro-businesses that are going to spring up, hopefully, because we've now given them the availabiilty to do so."
The bylaw can be accessed through this link.