Is that an ice cream truck? Or a food truck selling ice cream?
There's an ice cream conundrum in City Hall.
One of the latest food truck applications coming before the city is for a truck that would sell ice cream.
Green Acres Ice Cream in Depew submitted an application for a food truck license (that costs $800 and has a yearly renewal fee of $500) just like other food trucks that sell everything from tacos and hot dogs to grilled cheese and waffles. But ice cream trucks have been around forever -- long before the city began licensing trendy food trucks.
And therein lies the conundrum. Is it fair to license the new-styled food truck that sells ice cream and not the old-styled, ice cream truck?
Said Council President Darius Pridgen: "I don't want to be the one going after the ice cream man."
"I want a voice heard"
I had a sort of lengthy conversation Monday with University Councilman Rasheed Wyatt, who sounds frustrated with the state of city schools.
Wyatt says the current superintendent, Kriner Cash, seemed like a good guy. But it's nonetheless time, Wyatt said, for major changes:
- Returning to neighborhood schools, including creating neighborhood components for all magnet schools.
- Making school facilities - pools, libraries, gyms - available to their neighborhood communities when school is not in session.
- Giving the mayor and Common Council more control over education in Buffalo.
Wyatt stopped short of advocating a mayoral take over the schools, but the councilman said it's obvious the current management structure of the city school system isn't working.
And public education is too important -- for the future of the city as well as the school children - to be permitted to continue the way it has been going, Wyatt said.
"I'd like to see a dramatic makeover," Wyatt said, adding that, as a councilman: "I want a voice heard" on education issues.
Today's Calendar Events
Buffalo Common Council meeting this afternoon
In today's Buffalo News and on buffalonews.com, I have story on low-income tenants being forced out of the Shoreline Apartments homes; and my colleague, Buffalo News political reporter Bob McCarthy, has story on Mayor Byron Brown becoming the next New York State Democratic Party chairman.