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Ice Cream Vendors Now Face Permit Fee in Northampton


NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) — Changes are in the works for vendors who sell ice cream from their trucks.

The Northampton City Council voted in favor tonight of an ordinance that will now require ice cream vendors to get a $50 annual permit to sell their dairy delights.

City Councilor Jesse Adams told ABC40, “Passed two readings as in effect now. 8 to 0 (with) one councilor absent.”

Adams who’s in favor of the ordinance told us earlier today, “I think it’s a good way to monitor who is coming into the city and selling ice cream to the general public,” he says.

Police will do the background checks.

The idea came from Police Chief Russell Sienkiewicz who followed state guidelines.

“CMR stated clearly that under no circumstances should sex offenders be allowed to get an ice cream vending permit and  left it up to the communities to develop a process for doing background checks on applicants,” says Chief Sienkiewicz.

Authorities emphasize he bottom line is protection of children.

Parents like Stacy Adams feels the ordinance is a good idea,”I think that probably it is, who knows who’s operating them,” says Adams.

City leaders hope to have the new ordinance in place for the upcoming summer season.


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