WESTMINSTER - City Council members have approved an emergency 25-cent rate increase for the Westminster Taxi Service, effective from Oct. 10 through Jan. 10.
The increase, requested by the company due to higher gas prices after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, will be reviewed at that time to determine whether it should become permanent.
"The situation has gone from bad to worse," said Councilman William F.
Haifley. "It's now close to a 20 percent increase from when (the price hikes) started."
However, due to citizen complaints that the taxi is not running efficiently and is charging inconsistent rates, the council is investigating the situation.
"It is necessary that they run in a timely and efficient manner," said Councilman Samuel V. Greenholtz. "It's part of our responsibility to make sure that occurs."
Representatives from the taxi service will be at the Sept. 29 council meeting to answer council and citizen concerns.
In other council news:
* Scott Mitchell was approved as a new city police officer and will serve a probationary period for two years.
* The city agreed not to accept the Pennsylvania Avenue project from the state until the sidewalks are sealed to the buildings and the cracks in front of Avenue Tailors are corrected.
* Members of the Child Care Center of Carroll County on Bond Street were granted a parking space to be labeled for child drop-off and pick-up only between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
* Council members, Mayor W. Benjamin Brown and Planning Director Thomas B. Beyard will attend a county meeting to discuss affordable housing and farmland preservation on Oct. 27.
* City parks and recreation received $3,000 toward playground tot lot equipment through the county's Self-help Program.