FAIRFIELD — Follow just a few regulations and a lot of common sense, asks a taxpayers advocate who cites as evidence Fairfield’s measures to reduce the number of abandoned shopping carts – while the city manager says the regulations aren’t burdensome.
George Guynn Jr., president of the Central Solano Citizen-Taxpayer Group, offered the better-government-is-less-government adage when citing the city’s $5,400 a year contract with California Shopping Cart Retrieval Corporation that pays the company $3 for each retrieved cart.
Fairfield’s measure also require businesses to place identification on all carts and require a containment plan for shopping carts.
City Manager Sean Quinn, speaking at Tuesday’s meeting of the City Council, said state law requires retailers to identify carts. Businesses contracting with a cart retrieval service are exempt from the requirement to prepare a containment plan, added Quinn, who said the city ordinance is fair.
“This is really about public and blight,” Quinn said. “It doesn’t pose excessive burdens on business.”
Quinn noted carts along Alaska Avenue block driveways and said 35 shopping carts were located along Atlantic Avenue.
“I wish common sense would work,” Quinn said. He said City Hall hears a lot of citizen complaints about the carts.
Councilman John Mraz recounted seeing a homeless man with a cart full of belongings in front of the Raley’s on Travis Boulevard. A police response poses problems that include the man having no address to list if he were issued a citation for the shopping cart, the councilman said.
Mraz said the only thing he could do is feel sorry for the fellow.
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