Taxicab ordinance public hearing to continue tonight.
At the last city commission meeting, commissioners decided to leave a public hearing on modification of a taxicab ordinance open until the next meeting, which will be held this evening at City Hall.
Justin Erickson, Shawnee planning director, made a presentation Nov. 4 to city commissioners and proposed the commission adopt a revised vehicle for hire ordinance.
“The current ordinance has not been updated for at least 25 years,” he said at the last meeting.
While the draft was proposed to the two taxicab companies in June and Erickson said staff personally spoke with and met with representatives from both companies, Tony Sampson, owner of Castle Cab, spoke at the city commission meeting about concerns he had with the proposed ordnance. Erickson said he was aware of Sampson’s concerns.
“If we’re all going to play on the same field, we all need to be on the same field,” Sampson said at the last meeting, adding he would do whatever he needed to help with making changes to the ordinance.
Commissioner Pam Stephens advised Erickson to sit down with both cab company owners to “make sure everyone’s truly comfortable with what works for our city and what works for them.”
Erickson agreed to speak again with representatives of both Castle Cab and Executive Cab companies before Monday’s meeting.
Another item on the agenda for tonight's meeting, held at 6:30 p.m., is a presentation and progress report by the Municipal Pool Finance Committee regarding fund raising.
The meeting is open to the public and will be held in the council chambers of city hall.