At their meeting Monday night, the Chariton City Council approved a motion to allow a $50 fee to be issued per student for the moped/motor scooter classes and fee schedule administered by the Chariton Police Department.

Mayor Roger Manser made the motion to approve the fee, which was seconded by Council member Jayma Hoch and approved unanimously. The fee schedule of $50 per student will be implemented for future upcoming classes that would be scheduled in the late summer or early fall of 2019.

It was explained that over the years, the Chariton Police Department has been requested to host classes for moped and motor scooters several times a year. “In the past, we have provided this service at no cost, but the time and cost do add to our expense of our police department. The classes are also taught at community colleges and they do charge a fee,” Chariton City Manager Laura Liegois said.

The Chariton Police Department provides one officer for class on motor safety for moped/motor scooters. In the past it was former Police Chief Jim Baker who taught the class.

Liegois said the cost of the officer, which is usually an overtime cost, has been absorbed in the budget in the past.

The $50 fee that the Chariton Police Department will be charging for the class is the same as what DMACC (Des Moines Area Community College) charges.

“The idea of this course is not to compete with other institutions that host the classes, but to cover our expenses for the program here in Chariton, which is provided for the convenience of our residents,” Liegois said.

If there is any additional revenue after paying staff for their time of teaching the class, Liegois said it could go towards other outreach and operational programs for the Chariton Police Department.

Read the July 4, 2019 edition of the Chariton Herald-Patriot for the rest of the story.

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