Council tables plan for return of Chicken scooters to Columbia – Information – Moberly Monitor-Index – Moberly, MO
Chicken scooters gained’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 Chicken’s potential financial impression.
“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, nevertheless, reminded him that customers didn’t all the time comply with the foundations underneath the earlier settlement.
“Do you bear in mind the final time they had been right here?” Fowler responded.
Nichols later advised riders to “lean (scooters) up towards parking meters or numerous 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’re 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 popular, however as a result of winter is close to, and the scooters should not presupposed 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 main 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 yr.