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Public Works Committee to again discuss pedal tavern legislation

Uber ride-sharing file, pothole policies/procedures and energy production measure also on tap for Wednesday’s meeting

By - Feb 18th, 2014 01:02 pm

On Wednesday (February 19) the Public Works Committee will again discuss a proposed ordinance allowing for either the complete prohibition of alcohol on so-called pedal taverns, or allowing for tight regulations on alcohol use for the unusual commercial “quadricycles.”

In earlier action on the proposed new ordinance, members voted 3-2 to recommend approval of allowing fermented malt beverages on pedal taverns. However, at the February 11 regular meeting of the full Common Council, the measure was sent back to committee for further discussion.

The pedal tavern ordinance and other business will be heard by the committee when it meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday in room 301-B at City Hall, 200 E. Wells St.

Wednesday’s meeting will be televised live on the City Channel (Channel 25 on Time Warner Cable in the City of Milwaukee), and on U-Verse Channel 99. Online viewing is available by going to

Also on Wednesday’s Public Works Committee agenda:

  • A communication file pertaining to the Uber ride-sharing service, which uses a smartphone app to enable people to summon a vehicle ride. Alderman Robert J. Bauman, chair of the committee, said he is examining the new service because it “appears to be in violation of city ordinances which regulate the taxi and limousine business” in the city.
  • A communication file from city departments relating to the potential for the city to independently produce electricity or purchase electricity from sources other than WE Energies to supply street lights, traffic controls and other municipal facilities.
  • A report from the commissioner of the Department of Public Works relative to the city’s plan to deal with the severe pothole problems plaguing Milwaukee’s streets.

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