On Monday, the Brentwood City Commission unanimously approved an ordinance on first reading that would ban short-term rentals of electric scooter and other dockless small vehicles from city streets and sidewalks.
City Attorney Kristen Corn explained the state General Assembly passed a law last session that gave cities the authority to regulate or ban rental electric scooters and bikes based on safety risks.
However, those with privately owned electric scooters and bikes would not be affected by the ordinance, Corn explained.
“This ordinance does not affect those that are privately owned,” she said.
While Brentwood does not allow electric scooter rental companies, a handful of electric bikes have ended up in the city, according to City Manager Kirk Bednar.
“We’re really trying to head off the idea of companies that would come and drop off a fleet of them here to use,” he said.
Commissioner Regina Smithson said she was “comfortable” with moving forward with the ordinance.
“A lot of cities are dealing with this, so I’m very comfortable voting on it because the privately owned motorized vehicles, people can use them where they’re permitted,” she said.
The city judge can issue a fine up to $50 for a violation of the ordinance, and electric scooters and bikes will in turn be impounded.
The ordinance is scheduled for a second and final reading on Sept. 23.
First Responders Recognized
Commissioners also recognized some of the city’s first responders on Monday night.
After 32 years of service with the Brentwood Fire Department, Lt. David Wright was honored with a proclamation read by Mayor Rhea Little in celebration of his retirement.
The proclamation read, in part, “Lt. Wright has served with bravery, competence, professionalism and integrity throughout his career.”
Brentwood police officer Mark Stephens was also recognized for his promotion to sergeant by Police Chief Jeff Hughes.
Stephens has been a patrol officer and field-training officer with the Brentwood Police Department for over three years, and he also serves on the crisis intervention team.
He previously worked at the Scottsdale Police Department in Arizona.
“He has represented our department exceptionally well during his tenure here,” Hughes said.