Fargo police plan to respond to complaints about downtown food cart vendors

(Fargo, ND) – The Fargo Police Department is working to ensure that downtown food cart operators follow city ordinances, especially late at night. Sergeant Brent Halverson said the department was getting complaints about some of the vendors.

“We get complaints and it’s usually from people who live or work downtown who like I said we got the grease where the cart was really messy and we just walked away of the situation. We had the noise where they project like a boom box style noise and there are people dancing in front of that while it’s happening. We had the hours as a concern where they say it’s 3:00 a.m. in the morning, I thought it was supposed to be over,” Halverson said.

Halverson and Chielf Dave Zibolski spoke about the food carts Wednesday during the department’s monthly update on downtown law enforcement efforts titled “Downtown Download.” One idea the department is considering is to have the city place food carts in two main areas downtown. One would be the 500 block of 4th Avenue North and the other would be the 600 block of NP Avenue North. The department is also considering having ride-sharing service providers use these locations to pick up passengers after bars close. Zibolski says he’s not opposed to extending the operating time of food carts past 2 a.m., if the city commission is willing to consider the idea.