Within fifteen (15) days after the filing of an application for a license, the City Council shall determine, by motion or resolution, whether a public hearing shall be conducted relative to the granting or denial of the application. In the event that it shall be determined that there shall be a public hearing concerning the matter, the City Council shall cause notice to be published in one of the leading daily newspapers of the City. The notice shall be paid for in full by the applicant and shall set forth the fact that application has been filed for a taxicab license, and shall contain the name of the applicant, kind of equipment to be used and all other information from the application that the City Council may deem necessary. The notice shall notify all holders of existing taxicab licenses that a public meeting will be held at a public place in the City, to be designated by the City Council, at a time not less than five (5) days or not more than fifteen (15) days after the date of determination to have a public hearing. The notice shall be published for three (3) successive days. All holders of existing taxicab licenses shall be entitled to file any complaint and protest that such holders may see fit. At the time of the holding of the investigation and hearing with reference to whether the public convenience and necessity require the operation of such additional vehicle covered in the application, the City Council shall conduct its hearing and shall have the right to call such witnesses it may deem necessary. In all such hearings, the burden of proof shall be upon the applicant to establish by clear, cogent and convincing evidence that shall satisfy the City Council beyond a reasonable doubt that public convenience and necessity require such operation of the vehicles for which the application has been made.
(Ord. 347, passed 6-26-1930; Ord. 410, passed 3-31-1941; Ord. 3783, passed 12-13-2010)