(BEDFORD) - The Bedford Board Of Works voted Monday afternoon to allow Red Tire Taxi to open in Bedford.
Red Tire Taxi is owned by Heham Genidy, an Indiana University law student. The business will be located on 29th Street in the Broadview Bowl Plaza.
"We inspected three taxis and all of the drivers driving records," Bedford Police Department Chief Dennis Parsley told the board. "Everything meets the ordinance requirements so they are all ready to go if you approve this today."
Parsley says the taxi service will be available 24 hours a day.
In other business the board:
* Opened and reviewed bids for the demolition and removal of the old M Street water treatment plant, built in 1967 on the city's north side. It has been inoperable since 2000. The city received six bids for the project. Those bids were taken under advisement and will be awarded on Friday during a special Board of Works meeting at 1:30 p.m. at City Hall
* Tabled Jerry Ford's request to do a curb cut at 1017 14th Street. Jim Deckard opposed the project saying it would take away three parking spaced off the city street, thus making it difficult for customers to find parking for his business. The board members will visit the old WF Myers building to look at the lot and then will discuss their findings and recommendations at the special meeting on Friday. In the mean time Deckard will look into the possibility of extending his current entrance of the lot and possibly get permission from WF Myers to use the alley way as an exit from the parking lot.
* Approved the hiring of Jeremiah Brassard to the Bedford Fire Department. Brassard, a firefighter from Greencastle will replace BFD Battalion Chief Kenny Teague who retired June 1. Teague had been with the department for 35 years.
* Approved the transfer of a 2006 Transit bus to the Bedford Police Department. The bus will be renovated and used by the Bedford Police Department Detective Unit.
* According to Chief Parsley the department currently has a trailer they use to transport their needed equipment to crime scenes. Now the bus will be converted, allowing detectives to store evidence gathering equipment in the back, while the front of the bus will be converted into an office space allowing officers to interview witnesses or suspects.
"It will be a mobile headquarters," says Parsley. "Before officers would have to transport witnesses or suspects from the scene back to the station to take statements. This way it can be done at the scene."
Parsley says most of the work to convert the bus will be done by detectives.
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