Council tables plan for return of Chook scooters to Columbia – Information – Boonville Day by day Information – Boonville, MO
Chook scooters received’t be returning to Columbia streets this fall after the Metropolis Council on Monday evening voted to desk a brand new settlement with the corporate for six months.
The corporate’s flock disappeared from Columbia after a earlier settlement expired in November. The most recent proposal, a three-way association that included the College of Missouri, would have allowed 400 to 500 of the electrical scooters.
But it surely was pulled from the council’s consent agenda after First Ward Councilwoman Pat Fowler proposed tabling it, citing Chook’s potential financial affect.
“We’re in the midst of a pandemic that’s adversely affecting our downtown companies,” Fowler mentioned.
Eating places downtown are utilizing sidewalks for service and devoted parking areas for carry-out meals, Fowler added.
“I don’t need to yield the area to a enterprise that’s not right here after we might permit our downtown companies the time to get their toes beneath them,” she mentioned.
Public Works Director David Nichols famous that scooters weren’t allowed on sidewalks or to take up parking area. Fowler, nonetheless, reminded him that customers didn’t at all times observe the principles beneath the earlier settlement.
“Do you keep in mind the final time they had been right here?” Fowler responded.
Nichols later urged riders to “lean (scooters) up towards parking meters or varied locations like that.”
Additionally, he mentioned, scooters would come with geo-fencing, software program controls to implement velocity limits and entry restrictions from sure areas inside the metropolis.
Fowler’s movement handed on a 4-3 vote, with Mayor Brian Treece, Third Ward Councilman Karl Skala and Sixth Ward Councilwoman Betsy Peters becoming a member of Fowler.
Second Ward Councilman Mike Trapp, Fourth Ward Councilman Ian Thomas and Fifth Ward Councilman Matt Pitzer opposed the delay.
“We ran throughout some unanticipated and maybe some anticipated issues with (electrical scooters),” Skala mentioned. “You might be assuring us that a few of these issues have been ironed out.”
Skala mentioned a shorter interval for extra work on the settlement could be most well-liked, however as a result of winter is close to, and the scooters will not be imagined to be on the road in dangerous climate, he was backing the six-month delay.
“My place goes to be to assist this tabling for this six-month interval and a few of this will get sorted out,” Skala mentioned.
The foremost concern was with customers failing to depart scooters in designated areas. Peters mentioned that it appeared like many automobiles had been left on sidewalks or obstructing disabled entry final 12 months.