WAKEFIELD — Town Hall received several complaints yesterday about Fred’s Franks working overtime at his regular spot at the head of Lake Quannapowitt, prompting police intervention.
Patrol Officer Joseph Anderson was sent to the hot dog stand to let the owner know that he had overstayed his welcome.
A Town Bylaw passed in 2013 states that food vendors must move every two hours to a spot at least 100 feet away from a previous location. The two-hour rule includes setting up and breaking down.
Town Administrator Stephen P. Maio said that a $20 fine is imposed for every violation but he is less concerned about the fines and more concerned with fairness.
“It’s not about the fine,” he said. “It’s about fairness to our business community.”
“He should be paying taxes to Wakefield,” Maio added, “but the Department of Revenue does not provide us with a breakdown of where the tax money he pays goes.”
Lt. Scott Reboulet said that yesterday the hot dog stand owner was at his regular spot for four hours and that the number of hours included setting up and breaking down.
The owner was also advised that a fire hydrant was too close to where he was set up.
By 1 p.m. the owner was expected to move to another location, but when police checked again at 2:15 p.m. he was still at the site and was advised again to move along.
In other police business on Monday:
• A caller reported that wires were down on Gould Street at 10:20 a.m. The Wakefield Municipal Gas and Light Department was notified.
• A caller notified police about a man she described as disheveled urinating in front of her home on Chestnut Street. The incident was logged at about 4:50 p.m.