LANGLEY, WA – Admitting it made an error and wanting to fix it, the Langley City Council approved a handful of changes that will allow the city’s first food truck to keep operating this year.

“We are going to make mistakes, as is everyone in this goddamn room,” said Councilman Bruce Allen to a packed crowd at City Hall. “And we made one.”

The food truck was issued a desist business order July 2 after operating for the previous two weekends and being licensed by the city. An emergency two-day stay of the desist order was approved by the city council July 3, allowing owner Joe Wierzbowski to sell food he’d purchased ahead of the Independence Day weekend.

More than 40 people filled the seats of city hall with a handful of people standing along the walls and doorways of the city council’s regular meeting July 6.

Ten people spoke in favor of the council doing whatever it could to allow The Big Wierzbowski food truck to keep cooking. They ranged from a simple request to allow for a variance/waiver to the rules to an impassioned and admittedly angry expression from one of the owner’s friends. One young woman, who identified herself as a senior at South Whidbey High School, said she represented her peers, whose voices often go unheard, in support of the options food trucks present.

“I’m kinda disappointed this was handed to us and then taken away,” she said, adding that the 20-foot length restriction was “preposterous because it’s a kitchen on wheels.”

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