Akron City Council has announced the individuals who will be serving on a committee regarding the issue of allowing food trucks to operate in the city.
At-large Councilman Jeff Fusco, who will be serving as chairman of the committee, says "subject matter experts" in the food truck industry and the restaurant industry in Akron will be key in lending their expertise on this matter.
"We'll be leaning on them for information and to feed us as much as they can in terms of information in regards to the food trucks," he said.
The committee members will be Fusco, Ward 3 Councilwoman Margo Sommerville, Suzie Graham of the Downtown Akron Partnership, Veronica Sims, board member of the Akron Public Schools, John Buntin, owner of Kenmore Komics and Games, and is a member of the Kenmore Board of Trade, along with Guido D'Orio, owner of NEOSHRED and member of the North Akron Board of Trade.
Councilman Fusco talked about the objectives of the committee, saying they wanted to go into this process with "eyes wide open."
"What we'd like to do is learn as much as we can so that we can then make an educated decision and make recommendations based on that."
Current city law prevents food trucks from operating in the city of Akron, but several food truck operators spoke before Council a few weeks ago asking them for a change in the law as well as offering some proposed guidelines for food truck legislation.
Margo Sommerville, who will be serving on the committee says its exciting to learn about a growing industry and how it looks to make an imprint in Akron.
"We're just trying to see how we can get food trucks in the city of Akron without it affecting our brick and mortar businesses and restaurants."
Sommerville has a business background, with owning her family's funeral home business.
She says she's looking to speak with some of the food truck owners who made their way to Council Chambers to get their take on how these mobile food vendors can fit into the city's future.
"They've come down quite a few times on Mondays, and they seem to be well-organized and have some really great ideas on how to get food trucks in the city, so it would be worthwhile to get their input," Sommerville said.