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ROCHESTER CITY COUNCIL NOTEBOOK New Civic Center auditorium roof

A leaking roof over Mayo Civic Auditorium will be replaced this year.

The Rochester City Council on Monday unanimously accepted a $342,744 bid from Merit Contracting of Rochester, the lowest of three bidders.

The base bid, plus the cost of a handful of extras and the design and engineering fees, is $145,000 higher than budgeted. In a memorandum to the council, Parks Superintendent Roy Sutherland said the higher price reflects the higher cost of roofing materials following last fall's hurricanes in the southeast. Higher delivery and fuel oil costs also contributed to the higher bids.

The city will shift money from capital budget reserves and from the budget for a planned storage building in Essex Park to proceed with the roof replacement.

Higher taxi fares

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Rochester taxi fares will increase by 30 cents per mile, and the minimum fare will increase to $3.75, under a fare schedule approved by the council. This is the first fare increase in five years.

Rochester Transportation Systems, one of several taxi companies in the city, requested the increase. The new fare schedule applies to all of Rochester's private taxi companies.

Under the new schedule, taxis may charge up to $2.25 for the first one-eighth of a mile and $2.25 per mile after that.

Also, taxis may charge 39 cents per minute for the time they are kept waiting by a customer.

Chris Chafoulias, president and general manager of Rochester Transportation Systems, said the increase reflects increasing costs for fuel and personnel.

"This doesn't cover all these increases, but we thought this was appropriate," Chafoulias said.

-- Jeffrey Pieters

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