Posted: Jan 29, 2013 8:47 PM
Updated: Jan 29, 2013 11:34 PM
HIDALGO COUNTY - A new city of McAllen ordinance has given new hope to aspiring small-business owners.
The new ordinance allows the operation of food trucks in the city. Residents said it gives entrepreneurs a viable option to launch their businesses.
Alberto Galindo said the law will give him a chance to realize his dream. He plans to set up a pizza business on wheels.
"I've calculated all the numbers and a brick-and-mortar building is just very, very risky," Galindo said.
"Just to get a decent place, it's at least $6,000 a month," he said of rental rates in McAllen.
The new ordinance will allow him to operate with an overhead of about $500 a month, he said.
"I've been holding off on getting it ... just waiting on this ordinance to pass," he said.
McAllen Health Director Josh Ramirez said he is finalizing the rules food truck operators will need to follow.
"Something that you ingeniously build at home ... is not going to be allowed," Ramirez said.
He said the city recently added more health inspectors to handle surprise inspections.
He said the mobile food vendors will need a permit that will cost at least $150.
The city will issue only 12 food truck permits. Officials will review the program in a few months and may consider expanding the number of trucks allowed in the city.