Some Madison residents protesting food trucks in town

MADISON, Conn. (WTNH) — Controversy is being stirred up in Madison all because of food trucks and their location.

During lunch and dinner the trucks appear popular, with people lined up at them, but some people in town want them gone from where they are along Route 1 on School Street. Jean Fischer isn’t one of them, often stopping at a truck for lunch or dinner throughout the week.

“I’m thrilled that they are here,” said the Madison woman. “They’re small businesses. I want to support them.”

But not everyone is so enthusiastic.

“This is a lovely, lovely area and I think they should go to a commercial zone and peddle away there,” said Paul Stonehart, part of the town’s Friends of the Village Committee. He says the area is historic and zoned residential.

“They’re in a fine parking spot,” said Fischer. “They are not disturbing anybody.”

“I’m very supportive of the food trucks being here,” said Rick Lammers of Madison. “I think they bring a convenience, a quality.”

Selectmen allowed the food trucks to set up in the area after a survey found the majority of residents were okay with the location. Opponents say that survey was flawed.

“I would like to see them moved away from this site into a commercial location, either Scranton Park, Stop & Shop where there is a commercial zone, but not in the historic area,” said Stonehart.

“That just doesn’t work for them,” Lammers said. “They are a line-of-sight business. They rely on this area as a good line of sight, and good access for the public, because this basically serves all of Madison here, north, south, east, and west.”

It’s unclear if these trucks will have to move, but for right now they’ll stay where they are.

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