BEVERLY-Under a proposed ordinance by the Village of Beverly, taxicab franchises may soon be able to operate within village limits.
"A franchise (would have to) be granted by the Beverly council," said village council member Kandy Baker. The proposal was discussed during a council committee meeting Wednesday.
As part of the pre-franchise process, all vehicles that a taxicab franchise would use would have to pass a vehicle inspection.
In addition, drivers would be required to be fingerprinted and photographed.
"The drivers' names would be registered with the Beverly Police Department," Baker noted.
Once all conditions for a franchise were met, the Beverly mayor would recommend the franchise and the village council would then have to approve the franchise.
"All vehicles would be inspected once every six months and pass random inspections," Baker said.
According to the proposed taxicab franchise, the franchisee would pay a $25 per cab fee to the village of Beverly to deter the cost of inspections.
In other committee reports, James Ullman, chairman of the Swimming Pool Committee, presented a report of the 2012 swimming season at the village pool. Even with reduced hours at the pool, the city lost an estimated $18,049.56 this summer, Ullman said.
"I don't know what else can be done to reduce costs," he said.
Ullman said the council had hoped that advertisements and special pool packages offered prior to the pool's opening date would increase sales of pool passes.
A total of about $1,500 in pool passes were sold for the 2012 Beverly pool season, Ullman reported.
Several repairs need to be made at the pool before next season, including repair of the pool's chemical pump and repainting the bottom of the pool, benches and the bathroom. Ullman suggested that a "preventive maintenance checklist" be developed and put in place before the 2013 pool season.
Beverly council members also discussed a possible cost-cutting effort for next year's pool season.
By participating in Ohio Job and Family Services' summer youth program, the village of Beverly could reduce its payroll costs at the pool.
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