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File #: 13-1596    Name: Changes to Towing Ordinance Public Hearing
Type: Ordinance Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 6/7/2013 In control: City Council Legislative Meeting
On agenda: 6/15/2013 Final action:
Title: Public Hearing, Second Reading and Final Passage of an Ordinance Authorizing Amendments to Section 9-13 of the City Code - Towing and Storage of Motor Vehicles. [ROLL-CALL VOTE]
Attachments: 1. 13-1596_attachment 1 cover sheet, 2. 13-1596_Attachment 2 Towing Ord.pdf, 3. 13-1596_Attachment 3 Towing PowerPoint.pdf, 4. 13-1596_After Items
City of Alexandria, Virginia
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MEMORANDUM



DATE: JUNE 5, 2013

TO: THE HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL

FROM: RASHAD M. YOUNG, CITY MANAGER /s/

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Public Hearing, Second Reading and Final Passage of an Ordinance Authorizing Amendments to Section 9-13 of the City Code - Towing and Storage of Motor Vehicles. [ROLL-CALL VOTE]
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ISSUE: That City Council pass the proposed ordinance (Attachment 2) on first reading and schedule it for public hearing, second reading and final passage on Saturday June 15, 2013.

RECOMMENDATION: That City Council consider the ordinance on first reading and set it for public hearing, and second reading June 15, 2013 and final passage on Saturday, June 15, 2013.
DISCUSSION: The City's towing ordinance was last revised in 1993. In March 2012, City Council created an Ad Hoc Towing Services Advisory Board. The Board makes recommendations to City Council on the provisions in the contract for City authorized towing services and the maximum allowable towing charges for towing companies operating in the City. The Board reviewed the City's towing ordinance and made suggestions for improvements. City staff considered the Board's suggestions and is proposing the following changes to the towing ordinance:

Sec. 9-13-1 - Definitions:
Definitions be changed to provide terminology consistent with the language used in the towing industry.
Sec. 9-13-1 - (b) Change "retrieval fee" to "after hours fee;"
Sec. 9-13-1 - (d) Change the definition of "tow, tows or towing" from "the act of removing..." to "when a tow truck has engaged a vehicle..." This change is made to better define the action in City code and to provide consistency with the definition in the Fairfax County code;
Sec. 9-13-1 - (f) Delete "has paid, or is required to pay, the business privilege tax authorized by the state law and imposed by sec...

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