The city could scrap or sell any cart not redeemed within 30 days. The ordinance also requires city businesses to label their carts with a “distinguishing mark” to identify which store they belong to.
It’s meant to spur businesses to collect carts from the city instead of buying new ones, or collect carts on their own before the city does, Ryan said.
“The main thing is to get them off the street,” he said.
Although Vello agreed abandoned carts are a problem, the $25-per-cart fee is a little steep.
“We always try to do what’s right for the city and town,” Vello said. “It would be nice if we could work together (with the city) ... rather than have them charge us.
“We want them in the store. We surely don’t want them on the street, (but) it’s difficult to control that,” he said.
Ryan proposed the shopping cart ordinance last fall. It was discussed in the council’s Subcommittee on Ordinances, Licenses and Legal Affairs, which recommended approval of the ordinance to the full council on Thursday.
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