Alva City Council to vote on mobile food vendor ordinance


November 19, 2023

The Alva City Council will consider an ordinance involving mobile food vendors, canvassers and itinerant merchants during their regular meeting on Monday. The council meets the third Monday of the month (except holidays) at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall.

Ordinance #2023-002 is an amendment to the city code of ordinances Chapter 12, Article II. It will require mobile food vendors, canvassers and itinerant merchants to obtain a license from the city. The definition includes those selling door to door or occupying a building or other shelter for the sole purpose of exhibiting samples and taking orders for future delivery. Local school, church, civic or charitable organizations located in Woods County will not be considered canvassers.

There are other exemptions to the licensing requirement such as sale of farm or dairy products produced or grown by the person selling or offering them for sale; residential garage or yard sales; goods, wares and services as part of arts and crafts festivals, shows, bazaars, bake sales or summer events lasting not longer than three days; and sales made by any person under age 18 who engages in a business as an itinerant merchant. It isn’t possible to fully cover the lengthy ordinance in a couple of paragraphs.

Councilmembers will consider another ordinance granting One Gas, Inc., acting through its Oklahoma Natural Gas Division, the right to sell, transmit and distribute natural gas in Alva. However, the next agenda item is consideration of adoption, rejection, amendment and/or postponement of that resolution regarding a proposed zero percent franchise and giving the Woods County Election Board secretary notice of a special election to be held Feb. 13, 2024, on the franchise.

In addition the council will discuss and act on a resolution regarding what to do with a refund from OMAG (Oklahoma Municipal Assurance Group) on workman’s compensation insurance due to the city’s good experience rate. The choices are a lump sum return to the city or applying it to the city’s OMAG policy premiums.

The council meeting will include the usual reports from the mayor and city business manager as well as reports from other city boards and commissions.

Following the reports and before considering the ordinances and resolution, the meeting will be opened for citizen remarks and inquiries. Those speaking are limited to two minutes each.

At the end of the meeting, the agenda calls for an executive session to discuss pending class action litigation.

The Alva Utility Authority and Alva Economic Development Authority meetings will follow city council adjournment. The AEDA meeting will include a vote on a budget amendment transferring $32,300 from grants to property maintenance so a grant from the Department of Commerce may be spent on LED retrofit lighting.


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