Hurling? It may cost you

City to consider fee for cleaning up fouled taxis

By The Mercury

If a local taxi company has its way, barfing on the way home from a night out is going to cost you.

City commissioners will consider a proposal Tuesday that would allow cab companies to impose a $75 “cleaning charge” for drunk customers who befoul cabs during rides home.

The proposal is included on the agenda for the city’s regular meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City hall.

Richard Gibson and Ron Abbott, owners of the Wildcat Taxi Service, approached city officials about adding the charge. Since all taxi-related fees and charges are regulated by municipal ordinance, the company cannot merely adjust its rate or fee structure without commission authorization.

Officials have not indicated how frequently the occasion would arise to actually levy such a charge.

If adopted by commissioners, the proposed fee change would apply to all four taxi companies licensed to do business within the city limits.

Also Tuesday, commissioners will:

*Consider a resolution advancing the process of placing the Bluemont Youth Cabin on the national Register of Historic Places.

The 1938 cabin at the base of Bluemont Hill near the water treatment plant has been unused for decades, but some citizens concerned with history have pushed for its preservation and restoration.

*Consider approval of a contract with Allegiant Air Service to provide service between Manhattan and the Phoenix metropolitan area.

The Tuesday item formally puts into place a deal already agreed and announced.

*Consider first reading of an ordinance regarding enforcement provisions of drainage easements.

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