Hotdog vendor returns to original location
Hot diggity dog! Pat Gregory and his popular hot dog stand will remain under its canopy in the parking lot of Foxworth-Galbraith Lumber Company on Sixth Street.
An obscure city code forced Gregory to move from under his protected booth to a spot in front of the entrance to Foxworth.
Gregory returned to the protection of his former location Friday morning.
Prescott Assistant Community Development Director George Worley said the city's Unified Development Code Committee met Thursday morning. The committee talked about hotdog vendors.
Hotdog vendors, Worley said, are not "really an ancillary use and they are not a separate use."
The UDCC proposed the city amend the code to make hotdog vendors an "accessory use" allowing them to operate anywhere on the site as long as they do not obstruct traffic.
Worley said changing the code is a detailed process. To help Gregory and another vendor, the community services department issued an administrative policy allowing hotdog vendors as an accessory use until the city officials approve a code amendment.
"I am really happy with the response of everyone involved in this situation," Gregory said. "I am glad it all worked out. Believe me, I wish it had never gone this far, but the city was just doing its job."
The current city code allows businesses such as Gregory's to operate as an ancillary use to other existing businesses. City officials have interpreted the code to mean that ancillary businesses must be under the roof of the main building.
While Gregory's freestanding canopy did not comply with the interpretation of the code, city officials never received a complaint, so they never took enforcement action.
When another hotdog vendor tried to locate in the parking lot of the old Enterprise car rental business in downtown Prescott, city officials heard about it immediately.
That caused the city to approach Gregory about his own violation.
Worley said, "It was a bureaucratic issue, but we needed to treat everyone equally."
Gregory said, "I have no hard feelings. However, I do have strong feelings that it is not fair to have food vendors in the courthouse area. It is not fair to the restaurants in the area."
Gregory was all smiles Friday afternoon while serving his 'dogs' to his loyal customers.
"Everybody pulled together. I received a lot of community support. I always knew the people in the tri-city area were extra-special, but this proves it," Gregory said.