The meter has stopped running, for now, on a proposed Cheektowaga law to regulate taxicabs and other vehicles for hire.
A resolution to adopt such a law was withdrawn immediately after the Town Board meeting convened Monday night. It appears that questions have been raised about the proposal, although the Nov. 18 public hearing on it generated little comment.
“The airport asked to sit down with us and look it over,” said Supervisor Mary F. Holtz.
Airport Taxi Service, perhaps the most visible cab company in the town, has an exclusive agreement with the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority to provide transportation from Buffalo Niagara International Airport. But the proposed law would include airport grounds, and an Airport Taxi Service executive interviewed recently by The Buffalo News said he was unaware if or how the company’s fleet would be affected.
Another new provision would require drivers of livery vehicles, such as limousines, to compile the name, address and phone number of each passenger, as well as where each is picked up, on a printed form.
That provision was among those questioned by an unidentified man at Monday’s meeting.
“We are going to reword that language so it’s more specific,” the town supervisor said.
Police have worked with the Town Clerk’s and Town Attorney’s offices in developing the proposal, which would replace legislation enacted in 1985. Police have said they want to know who’s driving and who owns the cabs traveling in the town, some of which have been involved in the commission of crimes.
In other business Monday, a public hearing was held on a proposal to rezone a former medical office at 2409 Union Road for the operation of a veterinary hospital. The site is zoned neighborhood services and apartment district; it needs to be general commercial.
“It has been vacant for about five years,” said Dr. Lisa M. Reinhardt, of South Wales. While most of the renovation would be inside, Reinhardt said she also wants to have a new roof installed, paint the exterior, resurface the parking lot and install a new sign.
Eventually, Reinhardt said, she wants to expand the 980-square-foot building by adding about 480 square feet for storage, as well as a roughly 16-by-30-foot fenced-in area at the back of the building. The rear of the property, which is bordered by Slate Bottom Creek, would be kept in its natural state, she said.
Also on Monday, Holtz announced that the computer lab in the senior citizens center, 3349 Broadway, will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday to help homeowners re-register for the state’s basic School Tax Relief (STAR) program, which must be done by Dec. 31 to receive the STAR exemption in 2014 and going forward.
Failure to re-register could increase a homeowner’s school tax bill by $500 to $700, Holtz said.
As of last week, 23 percent of town homeowners still hadn’t re-registered, she noted.