City still hashing out food cart rules

This summer you’ll be able to grab a hot dog in downtown Franklin after officials allowed the first food cart on city sidewalks.

The city plans to draft rules to regulate food carts and food trucks but gave a special approval to city resident Leon Joiner to open a hot dog cart this year.

Mayor Joe McGuinness expects more mobile food vendors to show up in Franklin in the future and wants the city to have rules that specifically address those businesses. Board of works member Bob Swinehamer said he wasn’t sure Joiner would get enough business to be profitable in downtown Franklin but wanted to give him the opportunity to try.

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