With the rise in popularity of electric scooters across Kansas, Manhattan city commissioners on Tuesday will discuss the possibility of allowing them within the city.
The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at City Hall.
If the commission permits e-scooters within city limits, commissioners will decide if they should be under the same law as bicycles.
The current city code allows bikes on sidewalks and streets across the city, except for the Aggieville and Downtown areas. Bicyclists can only use the streets in those two areas.
However, city commissioners have options to regulate e-scooters differently than bikes.
In the fall, the city will adopt the Standard Traffic Ordinance, published by the League of Kansas Municipalities, which serves as a guide for traffic codes. Commissioners can amend the STO for specific local use if the amendments are not conflicting with the Kansas traffic act. City administrators are seeking feedback from the commission on the adoption of the STO.
Additionally, the commission will examine bids for the Expedition Asia project at Sunset Zoo. The project will create new exhibits for the Malayan tiger, sloth bear and Amur leopard, an ADA walkway, viewing deck and overlook pavilion event space. City administrators said the current animal exhibits are outdated.
The base bid includes construction of the Malayan tiger and sloth bear exhibits as well as the ADA walkway. Alternative plan 1 offers construction of the Amur leopard exhibit and overlook pavilion.
Mahon Construction, KBS Constructors, EBY Construction and KAI all sent bids to the city. The architect’s estimation for the project is about $3.24 million.
The bid by Mahon Construction is for $4.52 million, but it is incomplete. EBY Construction’s bid is $4.93 million, which is also incomplete. KBS Constructors’ bid is $4.8 million, while the bid by KAI is $5.68 million.
City administrators recommend rejecting all bids but moving forward with a contract with KBS of Topeka, the lowest bidder with a complete bid.
The city commission also will decide whether to set a hearing date in September to determine if the vacant structure at 3003 Anderson Ave. is “unsafe” or “dangerous.” After it suffered damage in September due to flooding, the city sent a repair notice to the owner, who failed to respond. City administrators said the owner has yet to complete any repairs.
If the city decides to demolish the property, the estimated cost for removal is $150,000, with funding anticipated to come from the general fund.
The proposed hearing date is Sept. 3.