Shopping Cart Ordinance Considered

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Thu, November 8 2012 at 4:27 PM, Updated: Thu, November 8 2012 at 4:35 PM

Klamath Falls is considering options to reduce the number of stolen, and abandoned shopping carts...

The Klamath Falls City Council wants to keep shopping carts out of fields, and back in the stores.

Charles Anderson of the Klamath Falls Code Enforcement Office explains...

"The proposed ordinance essentially would put a little bit more responsibility on stores throughout Klamath Falls to round up their shopping carts, so they're not lying around town on street corners, and in alleys."

The carts cost between one and three hundred dollars each...but Anderson notes the ordinance wouldn't focus on heavier penalties for cart theft.

"And that's one of council's primary concerns there - we don't want to go after a 90 year old lady who walks her grocery cart home every day, and returns it."

The city plans to send letters to local stores to get their feedback on the proposed ordinance.

The ordinance under consideration in Klamath Falls would be patterned after an ordinance adopted in Beaverton four years ago.


About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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