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Tuesday was a busy night for Morgantown City Council members, as they had plenty of new business to discuss, including the proposed regulation of the city's downtown vendors.

Council approved the first readings of two ordinances involving the sale of produce, food, goods, wares, or other merchandise on both sidewalks and parking spaces.

In the first ordinance, the city proposed assigning food trucks parking spaces located away from other small businesses. Those trucks would only be allowed to operate from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.

As for food carts, they will be permitted on the sidewalks, as long as vendors leave a 4-foot path for pedestrians. That's among other rules that will be determined by city manager Jeff Mikorski, who said there's enough room for everyone.

"We've never wanted to eliminate vendors on the sidewalks or in the parking spaces. That's never been the intent. The intent has always been to manage the pedestrian access between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. There's a lot of activity going on," said Mikorski.

""We want food vendors of all kinds. We want carts, we want trucks, but we just want to spread them out for crowd control. Safe commerce for both the trucks and the restaurants and bars," said Mayor Jenny Selin.

If the ordinances are passed, the new regulations would go into effect Jan. 1.

Also from Tuesday's agenda, council members approved the first reading of a proposed tobacco ban at all BOPARC facilities.

Members also approved leasing space at the former site of Woodburn Elementary School to nonprofit organization Girls on the Run.