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Baxter City Council: Prairie Bay keeps on trucking

Prairie Bay’s mobile food truck has seen such success in recent months through the city of Baxter, that Baxter City Council members decided to grant a three-month extension on its temporary license Tuesday night.

Council granted Prairie Bay a temporary license to operate its food truck for three months during the Oct. 16 meeting. At that time, Baxter staff asked to use the winter months to research other food truck ordinances and consider the issues.

“Everything has been going very smoothly,” said Bill Deblon, community development director, in regards to the food truck’s operation on the license in Baxter. “And along with this extension request, (Baxter) staff also requests the extra time to formulate our research more and continue to monitor and watch how this food truck is being operated.

“We haven’t had any issues with them ... but staff needs more time to customize regulations.”

The Baxter-based restaurant is working with a number of area businesses, which include the Westgate Mall and Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Baxter Clinic, in order to rotate the food truck to different sites for meals.

The license currently requires Prairie Bay to have permission of the property owner.

Council member Jim Klein did add another motion prior to the extension, directing Baxter’s Planning and Zoning Committee to conduct a public meeting with restaurant owners in Baxter regarding Prairie Bay’s temporary food truck license as they look ahead to develop the ordinance for a food truck.

“I want to make sure we do hold a meeting with restaurant owners in town before we hear about it later down the road,” said Klein.

The meeting will be set at a late date yet to be determined.

Matt Annand, head chef at Prairie Bay, was in attendance at Tuesday’s meeting and thanked the council for the opportunity it is giving the restaurant and its truck.

JESSI PIERCE, staff writer, may be reached at 855-5859 or Follow her on Twitter at (@jessi_pierce).