Creston City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to deny Back Forty Barbecue — owned by Clark and Russel Finehout — approval to continue selling smoked meat on city streets unless they pay for a peddler’s permit.
The Finehouts have been conducting business selling smoked meats from the bed of a pickup truck since October on Montgomery Street. They have been exempt from the peddler’s permit because they were part of the indoor farmers’ market. However, that’s closed now.
“He can’t sell it on the streets now without that permit,” said Creston Mayor Warren Woods.
A peddler’s permit is $50 per day, $150 per week, $500 for six months and $1,000 per year.
The Finehouts were not present at Tuesday’s meeting.
Ellen Gerharz — Chamber of Commerce executive director — did advised the council the Finehouts plan to purchase/lease the building between She-Nae’s and iWireless.
“That’s fine,” Woods said. “He can sell it from inside the building, but he can’t sell it on the streets.”
In other city council news:
• During public forum, John Kawa recommended signage and lights be placed at the east side underpass on Cedar Street in Creston. Kawa said he frequents that underpass and the first hard freeze this year caused slippery conditions.
“Cars were sliding,” Kawa said. “I saw one car bounce off the wall. Could we get signs on both sides of that underpass letting them know of icy conditions? I think that would help.”
Kawa also said in the “old days” there were lights in the underpass. He said that would be another inexpensive way to increase safety in the underpass.
• Council approved temporary street closing for Glow Run slated April 12, 2014. The event — being held at McKinley Park — is being organized by First National Bank’s Relay for Life team.