"We're looking at making things more uniform and stable, maybe by using a sleeve that goes down to a plate under the brick pavers, so things don't fall over.
"The city has done a lot of streetscape work on Capitol Street, creating a uniform look. This is kind of an extension of that," he said.
As drafted last week, the bill would require restaurants to reimburse the city for the cost of the fencing, through an annual fee or leasing arrangement, on top of the $25 annual fee they pay for renewing their outdoor dining licenses.
Terms of the fee are still being worked out, Vriendt said. "I don't know what that cost might be. I think the city will want to cover some of the cost. Whether it's all the cost over a period of years or some of the cost, that's up to the pleasure of the committee."
Although the bill proposes to increase the pedestrian space along the sidewalk to 48 inches, Davis said the final width could be less. The American with Disabilities Act requires at least 36 inches for wheelchair accessibility.
"We've had complaints from people who are handicapped who try to get around the barriers," she said. "It's pretty tight. You need a little more clearance to make it more comfortable. We could compromise and have 42 inches.
"We knew this was new to the city and that we would come back and tweak it," Davis said of the regulations. "It took some of the wheelchair users to tell us and make us aware of their problems.
"We'll know with the discussion [Thursday] how we can improve so people can come downtown and enjoy it more."
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