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Food truck controversy continues

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A long-time Springfield food truck operator is fighting against the Springfield Parking Authority after getting slammed with hundreds of dollars in fines.

It's a dispute that's been ongoing since 2009.

Food truck owner John Verducci met behind closed doors with parking authority officials Tuesday night battling the recent tickets.

"Just started getting frustrating since these unattached trailer tickets have started," Verducci said. 

Parking authority officials say he's been breaking the law for years and has been getting ticketed just like any other parking violator.

"In his instance he left the unattached trailer on the space on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays ... he leaves it overnight without having to pull it back to wherever he lives," said Interim Springfield Parking Authority Manager Bokul Bhuiya.

Verducci has been operating his food truck on Worthington Street for the better part of two decades, but he says a recent surge in the amount of tickets he's getting has forced him to take action.

"Since 2009 he's left his trailer there in the exact same manner that he is today, he's just getting fined for it now," said Verducci's attorney, Lance Chavin.

For years, city councilors have debated how to regulate food trucks here in the city, and each time, measures failed.

"Right now there's no ordinance in place, so I'm at the mercy of other people," Verducci said. 

On Wednesday the council is expected to look over a new resolution that Councilor Tim Rooke helped draft that would include regulating and licensing food trucks.

"This ordinance isn't about john Verducci. He is one of the oldest vendors in the city, so if we are going to create an ordinance I think it would make common sense for the city to go through the list of vendors we have to determine how many of them are properly licensed," Rooke said. 

Verducci is expecting to hear Wednesday morning whether the parking authority accepts his appeals.

The City Council will discuss the new ordinance for food trucks on Wednesday afternoon.

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