The Crawford County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to approve a vending ordinance that sets rules for vendors within the unincorporated areas of the county when the Register’s Annual Bike Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) passes through on July 22 and 23.
After a discussion with members of the public during a hearing, the supervisors approved changes to the initial ordinance language and then approved the ordinance on a 4-0 vote. Supervisor Dave Muhlbauer was attending a leadership conference in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday and did not vote.
The final ordinance language establishes three-mile buffer zones to the west of Charter Oak and Denison.
No vending will be allowed within those zones during the RAGBRAI visit.
The supervisors discussed their concerns about protecting vendors within those communities from vendors set up outside of city limits.
Vending will be allowed, by permit, along the rest of the ride’s route through the county.
Applications for vending permits for the unincorporated areas of Crawford County may be obtained from Denison RAGBRAI LLC and must be returned no later than June 15.
An application fee of $100 for non-profit organizations and $300 for all others will be required along with the application. The fee will be refunded if a permit is not issued.
A vending permit will not be required for the sale of food, beverages, services or merchandise on the premises of any previously licensed entity that is in compliance with Iowa law and possesses all necessary permits and/or licenses.
The use of glass bottles or containers by vendors is prohibited by the ordinance.
Individuals interested in applying for a vending permit may contact the Chamber & Development Council of Crawford County at 712-263-5621.