Gas prepay law will get a checkup
- October 6, 2012 - 4:44 PM
The Coon Rapids City Council will hold a work session Oct. 30 to discuss the impact of the fuel prepay ordinance, enacted by the council earlier this year. No action is expected at the session.
The ordinance, which requires fuel customers to pay by credit card at the pump or by cash inside the service station before the pumps will dispense fuel, took effect Aug. 1. The goal was to reduce the police burden stemming from hard-to-prosecute fuel thefts.
Although the ordinance drew support from some of the city's station owners, others argued that it would place an undue burden on small stations that had not yet installed pumps with electronic pay systems. Others predicted that the ordinance would drive consumers to stations in neighboring communities.
At the workshop, city officials hope to see crime and sales data from Coon Rapids and neighboring communities, said City Manager Steve Gatlin.
The workshop will be at 6:15 p.m., Oct. 30, at City Hall, 11155 Robinson Drive NW.
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