Brentwood City Commission moves to ban scooter rentals


Brentwood City Commission moves to ban scooter rentals

By MATT MASTERS

The Brentwood City Commission met on Monday where they unanimously approved the first reading of an amendment to the agreement on the construction fo the new police headquarters and the first reading of an ordinance to ban scooter rentals.

The commission unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance to amend chapter 66 of the Brentwood Municipal Code for dockless small  vehicles, namely motorized scooters. 

The amendment would affect short term scooter rentals such as the popular Bird or Lime scooters that can be rented by a user and left in a drop-off location, or more commonly wherever the user wants to leave the vehicle.

Cities like Nashville have become congested with scooters over the past year, resulting in injuries and deaths.

City Attorney Kristen Corn said that the ban would also include bikes, scooters, electric bikes and other small vehicles that are offered by companies for short-term rentals and do not require a bicycle rack or docking station.

“This past fall the general assembly passed a law giving cities across the state the ability to regulate electric scooters so long as the regulation or ban was based on public safety, so the draft ordinance in front of you does simply that,” Corn said. “This ordinance does not affect those that are privately owned but only those that are going to be offered by short-term rentals.”

The fine for companies who violate the ordinance would be cumulative, up to $50 per device, per day plus court costs per state law. Devices would also be impounded if they were recovered.

City Manager Kirk Bednar said that Brentwood has felt with a few scooters that have made their way into and were left in city limits, but said that the hope is to prevent the scooter business from showing up in the first place.

“We’re really trying to head off the companies, the idea that they would come and drop off a fleet of them for use,” Bednar said. “To some extent we’re not quite as attractive of a location for that as somewhere like the downtown [Nashville] area is but we’re just trying to keep it from that.”

The ordinance is scheduled for second and final reading on Sept. 23.

The commission unanimously approved the adoption of Resolution 2019-86 which authorizes an amendment to an agreement with The Parent Company to establish a guaranteed maximum price for phase one work for the new police department headquarters building.

“Back in December we initiated an agreement with the Parent Company to be the construction manager of the police headquarters project,” Bednar said. “Under the original plan we would have bid the entire construction of the facility at once however because we’re still working through some design issues, but we didn’t want to lose this fall construction season, we went ahead and bid the site grading work and the utility instillation as a phase one project. You actually authorized The Parent Company to accept the low bids on those items back at your July 2 meeting.” Bednar said.

Bednar detailed some of the specifics of the next phase that included five months of overhead costs for the Parent Company, temporary construction site costs such as fencing, parking area maintenance and temporary utilities, bonds and The Parent Company fee.

“Under the construction manager form and process we need to amend our agreement with The Parent Company to move us from the pre-construction phase of the project into the construction phase of the project,” Bednar said. “Which actually means that we need to establish the guaranteed maximum price, not for the whole project, but for this first phase of work.”

The total costs plus a $100,000 contingency allowance is $2,378,849.

The city and police department will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the new headquarters on Wednesday.

The commission also unanimously approved the consent agenda which included four items.

One item was resolution 2019-85, authorizing an agreement with Fuller Industries, Inc., for resinous polyurethane flooring system for fire stations 3 and 4.

Resolution 2019-87, authorized the sale and and disposal of surplus property held by the city.

Items include a 2008 Ford F-250 Pickup Truck, 2009 Chrysler 300, 2010 Dodge Charger, 2010 Ford Edge, two 2011 Dodge Chargers, and a Ford 5500 Backhoe.  

State law requires the property and equipment be disposed of by sealed bid or at an advertised public auction (including online auctioning) unless transferred or donated to another government.

According to the agenda, the staff proposed using the online auction service GovDeals to sell some of the larger items, including the vehicles. 

The staff also recommended any remaining items not sold through online services be sold via a public auction. 

The auction will be coordinated by Williamson County to be held on October 5, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. at 306 Beasley Drive in Franklin.

Resolution 2018-88 authorized an amendment to the agreement with Midwest Maintenance Inc. for restoration of the slave cabins at Ravenswood Mansion.

Restoration work began on the historic cabins on August 19 but more issues were uncovered. 

The change requests amend City of Brentwood Contract No. 2019-037 and authorizes Midwest Maintenance to proceed with this additional work at a cost of $32,359.  

The resolution included a staff recommended $10,000 owner’s contingency to cover any additional unanticipated costs.

The total project cost, inclusive of contingency, is now $170,639, an amount that exceeds budget by $20,639, which is expected to be covered by other project savings in the Capital Projects Fund.

Finally in the consent agenda was the approval of the purchase of four new TASER X2 conducted electrical weapons (CEWs) and related supplies from Axon Enterprise Inc.

The four additional TASER’s are needed for new staff positions added in the FY20 budget with a total cost of $13,560.

At the start of the meeting the commission heard a proclamation read by Mayor Rhea Little recognizing the contributions and retirement of the Brentwood Fire Department’s Lieutenant David Wright.

The commission also recognized the promotion of Brentwood Police Sgt. Mark Stephens. 

Mayor Little also read a proclamation recognizing Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week.

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