Kids: Bike helmets the rule
City Council delays enforcement until summer ’09
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 3:11 AM
By Bobby Pierce and Robert Vitale
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
Columbus children younger than 18 have a year to get used to bicycle helmets.
Compromise legislation approved last night by the City Council will delay enforcement of the rule until next summer. It also caps fines at $25 and allows police to issue warnings instead of tickets.
Although the ordinance won unanimous council approval, Public Safety Director Mitchell Brown remained opposed, saying it would be too costly and difficult to enforce
The same article also mentions that City Council approved a special assessment on property owners to pay for a parking garage at 4th St & Elm St.
…In other business, council members approved plans for a new city-owned parking garage at 4th and Elm streets Downtown. Their action allows the Capital South Community Urban Redevelopment Corp. to move forward with plans to levy a special assessment on about 50 property owners within 800 feet of the project.
One of them, Due Amici restaurant owner Jeff Mathes, said a few big developers are forcing the financing scheme on everyone else. Former Capital South Director John Rosenberger said property owners accounting for 80 percent of the $5.7 million expected to be raised are on board with the plan.