NEW HARTFORD — The town will host a food truck festival at Sherrillbrook Park starting next month.
The event will take place on Wednesdays, July 18 and Aug. 15. If the two events are a success, town officials plan on making the food trucks a weekly occurrence in 2019.
“I think it’s a good thing,” said Fourth Ward Councilman Rich Woodland. “It’ll bring people together.”
Woodland brought the idea up at the board’s May 23 meeting. He drew on Utica’s What the Truck event for inspiration.
What the Truck — now it its third season — runs every Tuesday night at Canal Park in North Utica throughout the summer. About 15 food trucks serve close to 1,500 people each night of the event, organizers say.
Woodland said he is speaking with the Utica Food Truck Association to see what trucks the town can get to come to Sherrillbrook Park.
“It’s going to be a good variety,” Woodland said.
Town Supervisor Paul Miscione also is supportive of the food truck event. He said he was looking to get six to eight trucks involved and the money raised will be put back into the parks.
“I think it is a good idea,” Miscione said. It will bring more people to the park.”
In other news:
• The town had to redistrict Sherrillbrook Park as a park because a portion of it was zoned as residential. If the zoning designation was not changed, it would make it hard for the town to apply for grants, Miscione said.
• Fourth of July fireworks will return in 2019. The cost will be put aside in next year’s budget. Miscione said he was quoted $5,000 for the 2019 display.
• This Fourth of July, the town might have a light display in the fountains at Donovan Memorial Park on Elm Street, Miscione said. The red, white and blue light show would coordinate with the Yahnundasis Golf Club firework show on the Fourth of July.
• At its next meeting in July, the town board will introduce Local Law Introductory “C” of the 2018 Parks and Recreation Commission. This new law — once it goes through a public hearing — will allow the town to place two more members to the newly formed parks commission.
Miscione and town board originally wanted to have seven people on the commission, but due to the wording of the original town law establishing the commission, they were only able to name five people. This change will allow the town to add two more people and line up with what the board originally had in mind.
Contact reporter Ed Harris at 315-792-5063 or follow him on Twitter (@OD_EHarris).