BY STACI WILSON
The owner of a brewery in Montrose Borough returned to council on Monday to renew his request to bring a food truck to his business in an effort to spur more traffic to local his businesses – including his.
Jim Shuster, owner of 2 Dogz & A Guy Brewery on Church Street, told council he was on the borderline of closing doors to the business that opened in October 2017 but was trying to find ways to generate business before doing so.
“I want to bring things and people to this town,” Shuster said at the meeting, “for the whole town, not just me.”
Councilman Tom Follert said he agreed that more things were needed to bring people into town. “I like the idea,” he said.
Councilman Craig Reimel suggested starting with a one-night-a-month event which council and Shuster were agreeable with.
There was also some discussion that perhaps the once monthly food truck addition in the borough could grow into a “First Friday” style happening, like those held in neighboring Tunkhannock and Binghamton, N.Y.
To begin, Shuster was told to contact the borough zoning officer for the required permits.
Borough council also discussed adding a handicap parking spot near the entrance to the county courthouse.
After some discussion, council agreed to remove a “reserved” spot located near the courthouse Lake Avenue entrance and designate it as a handicap space with a meter.
The council also talked about issues with the heating and cooling system in the borough building and will be looking to get more information about possible fixes to the zoned system.
The borough is also looking at putting together a simplified list of “Do’s & Don’ts” for local businesses that explain in friendly terms zoning and codes requirements.
Council is also looking at moving forward with changing some of the zoning ordinance.
Montrose Borough Council meets on the first Monday of every month at 7 p.m. in the borough building on Cherry Street.