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Burbank council close to enacting law to corral loose carts

first_imgCity crews can’t remove a cart unless it remains at the same location for 72 hours, nor can they levy impound fees if an owner picks up the cart within three days. The ordinance sidestepped these restrictions by holding businesses responsible. Since Glendale’s law took effect in January, officials have noted 94percent compliance by businesses. [email protected] (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BURBANK – The City Council is close to enacting an ordinance designed to corral loose shopping carts and keep them off the streets. The panel voted unanimously Tuesday to introduce the ordinance, which allows local businesses a maximum of five carts off their premises for 24 hours. It will be adopted with a second reading Tuesday and enforced after six months. “It sends a strong signal to business owners operating with shopping carts that they would best serve themselves by preparing plans in how they would contain their carts,” Mayor Todd Campbell said after the hearing. The ordinance – based on a similar law already enacted in Glendale – lets businesses decide how to control their carts. Violators will be cited for a misdemeanor. The council also will review the five-cart limit and consider revisions 12 months after the ordinance takes effect. A few store owners and a California Grocer Association representative opposed the ordinance, but most of the public was in support. “We didn’t find much resistance that night,” Campbell said. “A lot of businesses are conscientious of their community. This sends them a message, but at the same time, they get it.” A city survey tallied more than 6,725 shopping carts within city limits, of which up to 10percent are abandoned at any given time. But a 1997 state law made it difficult for municipalities to impound loose carts. last_img read more