Longview City Hall

The Longview City Council on Thursday will consider shopping cart regulations intended to deter theft and reduce the number of abandoned carts that contribute to blight the city.

Business owners with more than 10 shopping carts would be required to have a “containment and retrieval plan” with a strategy to prevent their carts from being stolen, according to council documents. There would be a $25 processing fee.

City employees would be allowed to impound abandoned carts that are blocking emergency services or don’t have required signs on them.

The city would notify the potential owner, who could then retrieve the carts with credible evidence of ownership. Failure to retrieve the cart would result in a $25 fine per cart.

“It is the primary purpose of this chapter to provide for the prompt retrieval of lost, stolen or abandoned shopping carts in order to promote public safety and improve the image and appearance of the city,” according to the proposed ordinance.

Ahead of the regular meeting, the council will hold a workshop at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall to discuss the recent transition of Mint Valley Golf Course operations to be fully under the city management and look at concessions sales at the course.

The regular meeting will begin at 7 p.m. During that time, the council will also consider:

  • A $2.68 million bid from Nutter Corp. of Vancouver to replace a box culvert along Beech Street between 21st to 28th avenues. The project went back out to bid after the council rejected all bids in March.
  • An update on the project to improve the intersections of State Route 432 with State Route 411 and California Way.
  • An annual report from the police department. (See story in Wednesday’s paper.)

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