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City Council continues talks of Uber

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -

We know Uber will eventually make its way to Rochester, but the question is, when?

Community members got a shot to voice their thoughts on the public ride sharing company at Monday's City Council Meeting.

Taxi cab drivers voiced their disdain of the thought of Uber in the city, with the main concern being that the current taxi cab ordinance would have to be completely changed.

DMC members said they've heard from patients and visitors to Rochester, from other cities across the world, that Uber is something that needs be added to make transportation in the city less of a headache.

The discussion got heated among council members, Michael Wojcik pushing especially hard for the "need" of having the company here in Rochester.

"I was surprised when I saw this. Staff reached out to me last meeting and said its a long agenda...we have an ordinance that's effective for so many people already and we have to believe that somebody's going to come here to Rochester and tell us to fix Uber...come on?" said Wojcik.

The current ordinance being reviewed for Rochester is modeled after the ordinance used in St. Paul.

The hope is to have something on the table on November 21st. 

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