A food cart may be in the future for Monterey's downtown Simoneau Plaza.

The plaza at Munras Avenue, Pearl Street and Tyler Street has been without a food concession since 1996, but now the city may encourage their return.

On Tuesday, the City Council will consider seeking formal proposals for a food vendor to serve customers at the city-owned plaza used as a main transit hub.

The issue was triggered by a request by Monterey resident Mike Miele for permission to operate a hot dog cart in the plaza.

City staff members recommend the council approve a request for proposals from would-be vendors.

The city's draft downtown plan "includes a section on Simoneau Plaza that encourages food vendors," a council report says. "Staff also finds that food vendor carts ... can be a positive contributor to the downtown environment."

The matter is on the council's consent agenda for items not expected to stir much discussion or comment.

Also Tuesday, the Monterey council will consider:

· Approving a notice letter that the city intends to annex a half-mile section of Holman Highway to allow construction of a planned roundabout at the Highway 1-Highway 68-17 Mile Drive intersection. The city, county and Pebble Beach Co. are teaming on the project.

· Approving a three-year lease with Jeremy Sylvester for 600 square feet of retail space at 601 Wave St. for a shop called More Than Caviar. The store will offer imported goods from Russia and other former Soviet states.


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· Awarding a $107,600 contract to Eternal Construction to repair boater bathrooms and showers at the city's harbor office.

· Appointing Michael Castaneda to the city Administrative Appeals Hearing Board.

Larry Parsons can be reached at 646-4379 or lparsons@montereyherald.

com.


If you go

·What:Monterey City Council meeting

·When:4 p.m. Tuesday

·Where:Council chambers, 580 Pacific St.