Brock Township staff shut down a food truck in Beaverton for operating without a permit over the weekend.
The business – Lola’s food truck – had applied for a municipal permit earlier in the week, which requires inspections from the Durham Region Health Department and fire officials, as well as approval by council.
The closure quickly became a controversial topic on social media, with several inflammatory posts directed towards members of council and township staff.
It was also the subject of a lengthy conversation at Monday’s (June 22) council meeting, as the permit came up for review.
Members of council were told that owner Laura Croft, who has operated a food truck in the municipality for several years, had been cautioned by bylaw officials two or three times prior to the closure.
“This person should be fully aware of the requirements,” noted Regional Councillor Ted Smith.
Mayor Bath-Hadden referred to the business as a “repeat offender” and agreed that it was unfortunate that Township staff had to take a “strong-arm” approach.
“If these repeat offenders continue, we’re going to have to look at fines,” added Clerk Becky Jamieson.
Ward 3 Councillor Walter Schummer echoed that sentiment and urged his colleagues to deny the permit application.
“We cannot reward this type of behaviour.”
He described the social media posts from the business owner – including one that succinctly read ‘Brock Township sucks’ – as “shameful behaviour.”
“This is not the type of business owner I want in Brock, with all due respect,” Coun. Schummer said.
Approving the application of a business owner that “flaunted” the rules would set a dangerous precedent for the municipality, he continued.
In the end, council approved the permit with Mayor Bath-Hadden casting the deciding vote in favour.
In light of the social media controversy, the Township issued a clarification on the requirements Wednesday (June 24). For more information, click HERE.