Block Island Times

Town Council discusses moped renewals for 2021

The Town Council met virtually on Wednesday, Jan. 20 to begin discussions on moped safety and to act on the annual renewal of moped rental licenses for 2021, but agreed to continue discussions to offer more time for public input. Earlier last week, over 50 letters were sent to Town Hall from the public, asking the council to pause on the renewal of moped licenses.
“The reason I asked to do this is because we have received many, many comments on this and through emails asking to wait for more public input before we vote on this,” said First Warden André Boudreau. “I’m asking the council to possibly wait a week to discuss this, and I would also ask for input on this from the moped operators and the Town Manager [Maryanne Crawford].”
Many comments and letters sent in from the public were also sparked by Crawford’s recent memorandum dated Jan. 14 (the memorandum can be found on ClerkBase). The memorandum is a framework for summer 2021, which “outlines steps the moped owners’ agreed to undertake and the town’s action to enhance residents’ and visitors’ safety for the upcoming busy season.” Crawford has been in ongoing conversations about

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