CS Council Changes Towing OrdinanceFeatured Stories, News Friday, April 12th, 2013
The College Station City Council has approved reducing the number of towing companies handling city calls from 30 to 2.
The council’s 5-2 vote awards contracts to two Bryan wrecker and storage companies which are estimated to generate $385,000 dollars in yearly business.
The contract includes an annual review and can go as long as three years.
This applies when the police department calls for tow-aways and when motorists don’t have a preference.
One of the competitors who said he didn’t know he could have asked to be the secondary provider or a subcontractor was Phil Thweat (TWEET). He also pointed out the cost of a city tow and related fees will jump to $300 dollars.
CScoun041113towingPT.mp3Comments from Phil Thweat.
Councilmembers James Benham and Julie Schultz, who voted for the contracts, told opponents they could relate as small business owners.
CScoun041113towingJS.mp3Comments from Julie Schultz.
CScoun041113towingJB.mp3Comments from James Benham.
Karl Mooney voted no after saying he had concerens about operational practices of those being awarded the contracts.
CScoun041113towingKM.mp3Comments from Karl Mooney.
While the council awarded Excel Towing the primary contract and A-1 Towing the secondary contract, police will be allowed to use other wreckers when there’s too much business at one time, such as during A&M home football weekends.
Eliminating the rotation system puts College Station in a club with A&M, the University of North Texas, and the Dallas suburbs of Plano and Frisco.
Also voting yes were Mayor Nancy Berry and councilmembers Blanche Brick and John Nichols. Jess Fields voted no.
Below is background information presented at the council meeting.
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