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Bird electric scooters stand ready for use on Jan. 24 at Jefferson and North Sixth streets in Boise.

Bird’s e-scooters can finally deploy in Meridian.

After months of delays, Meridian City Council approved a franchise agreement with electric-scooter company Bird on Tuesday. The agreement allows Bird to initially deploy between 100 to 150 scooters in Meridian — eventually increasing to a maximum of 500 scooters.

The contract requires that Bird deploy by Aug. 1 and spend at least two weeks before deploying doing community outreach and marketing.

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Bird’s agreement with the city lasts until the end of the year, at which point Bird and other e-scooter companies will be allowed to reapply. Bird is paying a franchise fee of roughly $10,000 for the rest of the year, according to city attorney Bill Nary.

Bird’s plans to deploy earlier this summer were halted when Lime, another e-scooter company, appealed Meridian City Council’s decision to choose Bird as the city’s sole provider of e-scooters. That appeal contributed to Bird’s delay, the Meridian Press previously reported.

Patty Bowen is the Meridian Press reporter. You can reach her at pbowen@idahopress.com or follow her on Twitter @pattybowenMP.

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