Since January Decatur has had an interim agreement with Lime, the only scooter company currently operating within city limits.
As the debate over e-scooters rages on in the city of Atlanta and beyond, other intown leaders are tinkering with another solution: riding-sharing using a souped-up, low-speed electric cart.
Building the new network costs a shade under $2 million. When finished it will provide uninterrupted communications services for 14 city and 10 school sites, including the Decatur Police and Fire Departments.
Downtown Decatur advocate George Dusenbury is running for the District 1 city commission seat currently held by Scott Drake, who announced his retirement earlier this summer.
The benefits, according to Assistant City Manager David Junger, include no maintenance, watering, mowing, use of chemicals and damage from heavy foot traffic.
It will be surrounded by 330 apartments, stores and restaurants that are under construction between Decatur High School and the city government center.
Mayor Pro Tem Tony Powers admitted the Task Force’s goals aren’t altogether solidified, although one of its initial challenges is crafting a definition of affordable housing as it fits the city.
According to Brian Dralle with J.D. Signature Homes in Roswell, the project includes six condos or two two-bedroom (1100 square feet) and four three-bedroom units (1450 square feet).
During the interim only the six original sites covered by the current network will receive service: City Hall, the police station, both fire stations, the Decatur Recreation Center and Public Works.
This comes during a stretch of several months of contention with current provider Comcast, which says the city needs to begin paying a monthly fee of roughly $30,000. Under the original 1999 franchise agreement with Media One (Comcast’s predecessor) the city wasn’t paying anything.