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Ice cream trucks coming back to Scottsdale?

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -

Ice cream trucks roll through neighborhoods in the middle of a hot summer -- it's almost a rite of passage for every kid. But it hasn't been that way in Scottsdale.

Ice cream trucks have been banned in Scottsdale since the 70's for fear that they were a front for drug dealers. But some city officials want the trucks to roll once again.

An open house on the subject was held this week, and believe it or not, many residents were not in favor of ice cream trucks coming to the city. They're afraid of increased crime and childrens' safety.

Mike Rendelman, a Kona Ice truck driver in Phoenix, says people have the wrong idea about truck vendors.

"The idea of the scary guy in the ice cream truck, it's pretty embedded in people's minds sometimes, but really we're in a different era and we've come around in the business," says Rendelman.

"As far as safety is concerned, it's a little ludacrous that somebody driving 2 miles an hour in a vehicle with a giant penguin on the side is going to be casing houses."

Others believe allowing ice cream trucks would actually increase children's safety -- keeping them close to the community for their frosty treats.

If the ban is lifted, Scottsdale vendors would have to go through a lengthy process to get licensed to sell food on the street -- they also get a background check and need to get inspected by the Maricopa County Health Department.

The mayor of Scottsdale is a supporter of small businesses, and wants the ban on ice cream trucks lifted.

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