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Council sends revised moped rules to public hearing

After initial discussions began on Wednesday, Feb. 3 to address changes to the town’s moped ordinance, the Town Council, on Tuesday, Feb. 9, approved proposed amendments from Town Solicitor Kathy Merolla and set a public hearing date on them for Thursday, March 4.
Councilor Keith Stover had first brought proposed changes to the town’s “Motorized Cycle Rental” ordinance at the Feb. 3 council meeting. On Feb. 9, Town Manager Maryanne Crawford and Merolla presented the revised amendments after their legal review.
“First of all,” Stover said, “we have a number of licensees who have had years, decades, to self-regulate on safety issues and they haven’t. We have three kinds of undeniable things: a public health and safety crisis; we have a community that is demanding that we step up to the plate; and I would argue that we have a substantial liability problem. It is well within our power to mitigate something here.”
During the Feb. 9 Town Council meeting, Crawford read out loud the revised amendments based on the solicitor’s legal review. They were reviewed one by one and approved in separate motions by the council. The following amendments were approved by the council and can be

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