Bryan Police Chief Pulls Proposed Changes to Wrecker OrdinanceFeatured Stories, News Thursday, January 10th, 2013
The Bryan Police Department’s request to contract with one towing company to handle calls when vehicle owners don’t have a preference was withdrawn following this week’s city council meeting.
BryCoun010813towEB-4.mp3Comments from Eric Buske.
Police Chief Eric Buske says he’s not comfortable endorsing some of the 16 companies on a rotation system that own 32 wrecker services and 13 storage yards…which are all inspected and monitored by the police department.
BryCoun010813towEB-3.mp3More from Eric Buske.
Last year, the police department suspended four companies from the wrecker rotation list…one of them twice.
During the last three years, police had eight incidents where tow truck drivers or storage lot owners were arrested or issued citations or warned for infractions ranging from DWI to having no drivers license.
Buske also says during the last three years, state regulators issued eight sanctions.
Mayor Pro Tem Ann Horton saw a similarity to the city issuing contracts for other outside services.
BryCoun010813towANN-2.mp3Comments from Ann Horton.
But Councilman Richard Cortez didn’t want to put the other wrecker companies out of business.
BryCoun010813towRC.mp3Comments from Richard Cortez.
And Paul Madison was among the council members telling the chief to tweak the current rules so the majority of wrecker operators would not be put out of business.
BryCoun010813towPM.mp3Comments from Paul Madison.
At the end of the council workshop Tuesday afternoon, Buske withrew his request.
During public comment at Tuesday night’s council meeting, owners of several wrecker companies spoke in opposition to the proposed changes.
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