The Rockland code enforcement office said it rejected a request by Cold Toes Taco to operate at the AIO food pantry last week because the food truck had several safety issues that had not been corrected.

Cold Toes Taco owner Brian Beggarly posted on Facebook on July 1 that the code officer had sent him a letter saying he would not be able to operate on July 1. He said it was a bummer and that it took the wind out of him.

Records at city hall show that Assistant Code Enforcement Officer Wyatt Philbrook sent Beggarly an email on June 30. The email noted an inspection by Philbrook and Fire Chief Christopher Whytock was done of the taco truck on June 29 and several violations were found.

The city had agreed to allow him to operate at another location on June 29 but that the safety deficiencies either had to be fixed or arrangements made for the repairs to be made before he could operate in the city.  Those safety issues were the lack of ground fault circuit interrupters which prevent electrical shocks in damp areas such as near sinks; repairs to the range hood; and replacing fire extinguishers.

Philbrook stated in the email that he saw a social media post by Beggarly that he was promoting the July 1 appearance at AIO after the inspection had been done. He informed Beggarly that he could not operate in Rockland until he met the conditions agreed to during the inspection.

Beggarly had also applied to the city to operate his Taco Truck every Tuesday at the site where Up in Smoke Barbecue also operates at 65 Tillson Ave.

“You did not pass your inspection yesterday, so it was a compromise that the Fire Department and the Code Office permitted you to operate last night, providing that within a week’s time you had made progress on your inspection violations. We want you to be able to do business in Rockland but you will have to abide by the arrangements of the agreement we reached yesterday at the inspection,” the letter stated.

Philbrook said Thursday, July 8 that all food trucks in Rockland are inspected and must meet the same safety requirements to prevent fires or electrocutions.

Beggarly said in an email response to the newspaper on Friday that “They wanted me to rewire the entire truck with GFI outlets. I’m not going to spend the money to do that to operate in one town.”

He said the fire extinguishers were all replaced with new ones on the spot.