After a hearing in which more than a dozen young people spoke before the Scotts Valley City Council, the body voted unanimously at its Feb. 1 meeting to rewrite the city’s ordinance in regard to whether hand scooters should be allowed in the city’s skate park.
As it stood, the city’s ordinance — which council members acknowledged had been written before scooters became as popular as they are today — forbade scooters by omission from being permitted in the skate park. The decision will change the wording to include scooters.
Unless expedited by the council, the decision will not take effect until March, but it is intended to settle a recent controversy between skateboarders and scooters about what wheeled equipment was allowed in the park.
Redevelopment agency successor forms
The Feb. 1 council meeting fell on the state-mandated day that redevelopment agencies statewide were officially terminated. In anticipation of that deadline, the city council had voted in mid-January to become the successor agency for the former redevelopment agency, tasked with fulfilling the remainder of the agency’s contracts and obligations.
Meeting for the first time as the successor agency, Mayor Donna Lind named deputy city manager and community development director Corrie Kates and City Councilman Dene Bustichi to sit on the oversight committee as the successor agency looks to sell off the former redevelopment agency’s remaining land assets.