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SAY CHEESE -- Members of the Carthage City Commission and other city leaders sit for their official portrait before Monday's meeting. The official portrait will hang at City Hall with portraits of the commission from decades past.

A second reading of a proposed food truck ordinance has been passed by the Carthage City Commission.

Commissioners approved the second reading at Monday's meeting. The ordinance becomes official after a third vote.

The proposed ordinance requires mobile food vendors to pay for a vending permit: $50 for a temporary permit, $200 for an annual permit and no cost for a nonprofit. It would also require vendors to have a certified health certificate and food handler’s license from the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Hours of operation would be limited between 6 a.m. and midnight. Vendors would be able to park on private property if the owner granted permission, and the ordinance requires bathroom access. Food trucks would not be allowed to park in a public right-of-way or block access to a parcel or ally or fire lane. They’d also be banned from parking where they’d be a visibility obstruction at a street intersection.

Food trucks would be required to maintain 10 feet of clearance from other structures, more if they work with grease and don’t have an automatic extinguishing system. The ordinance also details regulations for cooking, propane and gas equipment.

Anyone violating the ordinance would be fined up to $500 for each offense.

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