Taxi, taxi 

A new taxi company has been proposed for Whistler.

Craig Gibson, who for eight years drove for Whistler Taxi, has applied to the Motor Vehicle Branch for a licence to operate 10 cabs in Whistler.

Gibson, who made a presentation to Whistler council Monday night and asked for council’s support, said there is lots of room for another taxi company in Whistler without taking business away from Whistler Taxi Ltd., which also operates Sea to Sky Taxi and Blackcomb Taxi.

Councillor Stephanie Sloan offered her personal support for Gibson’s taxi proposal but council asked staff to review the proposal and bring back a recommendation before officially endorsing it.

Whistler is also considering a bylaw to regulate taxi drivers that would include drivers taking a TaxiHost program and obtaining a chauffeur’s permit.

Gibson told council he has 1,500 signatures on a petition supporting his taxi licence application, as well as endorsements from 60 local businesses.

Spring Creek school budget increased

The community portion of Spring Creek elementary school will require another $114,000 contribution from the municipality after the low bid came in higher than budget estimates.

The municipality has allocated $1.7 million in its Five Year Financial Plan for the design, development and construction of the community portion of the school. The lowest bid received in the tendering process came in $114,035 higher than budgeted, so the municipal share of design and construction is now budgeted at slightly more than $1.8 million.

Ground was broken on the new school last week. Construction is underway and the school board hopes to have the school open by September, 2003.

The community space is similar to that in Myrtle Philip school.

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