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POTSDAM — A new taxi service will come to the village this summer after its owners received the go-ahead from the Board of Trustees this week.

Applications from Elisa M. Meyers and John D. Meyers for taxicab owner licenses were approved, and they plan to start their business, “Taxi Zero Transport,” this summer.

Mrs. Meyers is the owner of the company, and her husband will be the primary operator of the vehicles.

“We’re apartment owners and we have international students, and they say there is a need for more taxi services,” Mr. Meyers said.

“We had a couple of students that came to get their graduate work and they didn’t have a car. They found that in the winter something as simple as going to the grocery store was a big deal,” Mrs. Meyers said. “Some of them come from big cities where there is a lot of public transportation, and that was a reason why we started this. ... We figured it would be a great idea to have another service available to the community.”

Upon completing an interview with Village Police Chief Kevin A. Bates, the couple were recommended for taxi operator licenses.

May Road resident Joseph W. Bartenstein also was issued a taxi operator’s license. He will be working for Thad Broughton, owner of Potsdam Taxi Service.

Mr. and Mrs. Meyers submitted an appeal to village officials in May, aiming to have the taxi rate increased for the village.

According to their letter, the village code states that a $6 fee is for one or two people per trip and that figure is dropped to $5 for senior citizens with a discount card.

It also calls for a $2.50 charge for each additional passenger over the age of 12. That figure drops to $2 for senior citizens.

Additional stops would warrant an extra $2, and 50 cents is added per minute of waiting time (after five minutes).

“Our goal was to have the board not set the rate. Rather than a rate increase, we’d rather see a market-based increase. There may have been a time five years ago when there were less providers, but there is now at least three in the village of Potsdam,” Mr. Meyers said. “They decided that they haven’t taken up that, so we will obey the village code.”

“We are just going to operate under the rules that they have established, and that is OK,” Mrs. Meyers said. “Depending on how everything goes, (we are looking) to start at the end of July or the beginning of August.”

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