Chip truck proposed for Main Street car wash site

Posted on: April 25, 2017

Chris Must

French fry enthusiasts will have another opportunity to satisfy their cravings thanks to an application to open a new chip wagon called “Pioneer Fries” at 25 Main St. East in Smiths Falls.

At a April 24 meeting of Smiths Falls town council’s Committee of the Whole, Clerk Kerry Costello reported that the application from Pauline Schonauer had been circulated to all town departments. Costello said no objections were received, but the engineering department commented that the proposed parking spaces would need to be larger in order to meet the terms of the town’s parking bylaw. “It’s being recommended at this point,” said Costello.

The applicant’s proposal would see the chip truck located to the rear of the car wash on Main Street beside the KFC restaurant. The town currently has two chip wagons already licenced for 2017, one on William Street and one on Chambers. The annual licence fee is $500.

In response to questions from council members, Costello said she would ask the engineering department to confirm that the Main Street location has sufficient space for the four parking spots required under the “refreshment vehicle bylaw,” and ask the applicants to provide a visual representation of the appearance of the proposed chip wagon. Parking spaces are required despite the fact that most customers are expected to be pedestrians.

Councillors are expected to receive more information at the next Committee of the Whole meeting in two weeks.