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Commission Chambers

November 30, 2007 at 2:00 p.m.

City Hall,1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

Room 400


Present:  Gillespie, Benjamin, Oka (late), Oneto, Paek

Absent:    Heinicke, Breslin

President Gillespie called the meeting to order at 2:00 P.M.

STAFF IN ATTENDENCE:  Executive Director Heidi Machen, Executive Secretary Tamara Odisho – Taxi Commission, City Attorney Tom Owen

Heidi Machen, Executive Director: Turn-off cell-phones, interferes with phone systems and we get feedback.

1.      Call to Order/Roll Call

2.      Consent Calendar [ACTION]

All matters listed hereunder constitute a Consent Calendar, are considered to be routine by the Commission and will be acted upon by a single roll call vote of the Commission. There will be no separate discussion of these items unless a member of the Commission so requests, in which event the matter shall be removed from the Consent Calendar and         considered as a separate item.

      A. Consideration of the Taxi Commission to grant a Color Scheme Change to:

Medallion Holder Name:

Medallion #:


1.  Michael Roach


Metro to National

Public Comment:

  • Hansu Kim:  Delay in granting medallion hurt Michael Roach. Inappropriate to hold up color scheme change under speculation of an investigation. Taxi Commission should create standards.
  • Tariq Mehmood: Commission staff running office. Initially, granting Michael Roach a medallion was questionable because of his qualifications and now he is applying for a color scheme change, this should not be held up.
  • Roll Call
  • Com Oneto:  Motion to approve color scheme change for Michael Roach.
  • Com Benjamin: 2nd motion.

AYES: Gillespie, Benjamin, Paek, Oneto                       
ABSENT: Breslin, Oka, Heinicke                                  

  1. Public Comment (Please limit public comment to items NOT on the agenda)
  • Tariq Mehmood: Commission should not vote on big items since it will be going under the MTA.  Let the MTA take over the big action items.
  • Wes Hollis, Executive taxi: Discussed his handout which he has revised to the Commissioners on hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles. Overview of other items.
  • Pres Gillespie: You did not include the Civic CNG which we have approved.
  • Wes Hollis:  CNG is a dinosaur.
  • Dan Hinds: Appreciates Commission for holding a special meeting on this issue.
  • Michael Roach: Taxi business and public are here to serve the public.  Regardless of the disagreements, “can’t we all just get along?”

Adjournment 2:15pm



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