Among items up for a vote at the Nov. 1 City Council meeting, one ordinance targets out-of-town taxis that compete with city-licensed cabs and another aims to slow traffic on East Second Street to 25 miles per hour.
The combined agenda-fixing/regular meeting is 7 p.m. Tuesday at Clinton Elementary School, 1302 West Fourth Street.
In 2014, the owner of Soria Taxi asked the council to reconsider a ban on his cabs, but a city taxi owners' group is adamantly opposed and protested at the Oct. 11 council meeting (reported by Dan). The proposed change in the taxi ordinance allows for outside taxis to be taken off the road:
(e) Any vehicle operating in violation of this chapter shall be deemed a nuisance and a
menace to the safe and proper regulation of traffic, and any Police Officer upon his
or her discretion, may provide for the removal of that vehicle. The owner shall bear
the costs of removal and storage which may result from such removal before
regaining possession of the vehicle
Measures so far have not deterred Soria from picking up passengers in Plainfield, opponents allege, saying the owner just considers fines part of the cost of doing business. The ordinance amendment will have to pass on two readings before taking effect.
The other ordinance change limits speed on East Second Street. I did not attend the Oct. 11 meeting and heard no discussion of the need for a 25 mph rule, but I do know the street narrows as it goes east. It is a bus route and I have seen it become a tight squeeze when two 59 buses must pass each other.
East Second Street
(a) 25 MPH from the center of Park Avenue to the center of Roosevelt Avenue;
(b) 25 MPH from the center of Roosevelt Avenue to the easterly Plainfield Line
The agenda also includes a discussion item regarding "Loitering & Public Nuisance" at Park Avenue and West Seventh Street.