SHEBOYGAN — On Tuesday, a new ordinance went into effect in the City of Sheboygan which requires all taxi cabs in the city to install meters among other things.
According to the new ordinance that was approved by the Common Council last year, “No person may operate a taxicab, nor may any holder of a taxicab business license permit the operation of a taxicab, unless a schedule of charges is posted within said taxicab corresponding to the statement of fares and charges filed with the city clerk and in effect.”
As of October 10, 2012, there were seven taxicab businesses being operated in the city of Sheboygan; Abby Taxi, MKab Taxi, Custom Express Courier, All Star Taxi, VIP Taxi, Greco Cab Company and Independent Cab. City Cab, Sheboygan’s first and long running taxicab service went out of business in late 2011.
All taxicabs in Sheboygan should now be equipped with an accurate and dependable taxi meter designed or intended to measure the distance traveled and to record the fare. However as of Wednesday night, only Greco Cab Company and Independent Cab are following the new ordinance. The owner the Greco Cab Company said his was installed in 2011 and Independent Cab had meters installed between October and November of last year.
Last Friday, an Abby Taxi crashed into a power pole at North 8th Street and Eisner Avenue just before 12 PM. The taxi driver fled from the scene and police officers later found the driver nearby. According to scanner reports, he was drunk. It is unclear if Abby Taxi is in compliance with the new ordinance. When seeking comment from Abby Taxi, a Hispanic male who identified himself as “Alex” said the owner was unavailable.
When looking into records for Abby Taxi, the business is registered in the name of Christine Stangel, who lives at 1111 North 12th Street in Sheboygan. On Wednesday afternoon, a female was seen leaving that residence and driving away in a All Star Taxi vehicle. As of October, Stangel is registered as the owner but according to records from the State of Wisconsin, Jorge Galicia of 1516 Michigan Avenue is listed as the Registered Agent of Abby1 Taxi, LLC. It is unclear who actually owns and operates the company.
When seeking comment from All Star Taxi, a woman who claimed she was “Marilyn” laughed when asked about the company’s address and said we should “harass” other tax companies in Sheboygan and hung up. Minutes later, a Hispanic male called back angrily asking why we had questions about the taxi business. He refused to answer questions about numerous locations and the amount of taxi vehicles being operating in the city. Instead, he called the reporter a “queer” and said our questions about the company were stupid and “none of your business.”
According to the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions, All Star Taxi was started on January 10, 2008 and the Registered Agent is Jose A. Razo who resides at 1214 South 9th Street. Also while searching for All Star Taxi records, we discovered Marilyn Razo Valle who appears to be related to Razo.
On Saturday, November 10, 2012, a person identified as Jenny Miller told The Sheboygan Press that she manages a fleet of five cabs. When contacting All Star Taxi Wednesday night, a hispanic female said a “Jenny Miller” does not work at the company. The Sheboygan Daily report counted nine taxi cabs Wednesday afternoon. All taxi companies in the City of Sheboygan are required to list all of their vehicles with the City Clerk’s Office.
According to records obtained by The Sheboygan Daily, the establishment address for All Star Taxi is listed to W2254 Ourtown Road in Sheboygan Falls, which is the location of Lima Auto Enterprises. But address of 1214 South 9th Street in Sheboygan is listed on the company’s Facebook Page. Several taxi cabs are parked at North 15th Street and Lincoln Avenue as well as throughout the city.
MKab Taxi and VIP Taxi could not be reached for comment. When reached by phone, the owner of Custom Express Courier said he was working on installing his meter.
The Sheboygan Police Department did not respond to our request for comment.