Carts create angst for city councilors

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Sure, shopping carts can create frustration. Whether it be an errant cart hitting your vehicle in a parking lot or getting a cart with that obnoxiously wobbly right front wheel, there can be understandable angst regarding shopping carts. But shopping carts causing a public riff at a city council meeting? That was just what happened Tuesday night as Keizer City Councilors looked at an ordinance related to abandoned shopping carts. City Attorney Shannon Johnson noted the issue of abandoned carts was investigated at the prompting of councilor Marlene Parsons. “Though not numerous, the city has received complaints about abandoned shopping carts in neighborhoods,” Johnson said. “The majority of shoppers do not take the shopping carts off the owner’s premises, but some shoppers do.” Johnson said carts taken off the premises usually are abandoned and thus create a nuisance. “State statutes set up a process for notice and eventual seizure of the shopping carts, but requires the local government to adopt an ordinance if they want to use this process. But without a code enforcement officer, we didn’t have the people to enforce it,” Johnson said. Now that the city has such a person in Ben Crosby, Johnson went forward with work on the ordinance. As proposed, the ordinance allowed for toll-free numbers to be placed on carts and on signs at store premises...

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