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CR to spend thousands keeping waste carts upright

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CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) -- Local inventor Kim Brokaw has successfully lobbied the city of Cedar Rapids to pony up for a device he says prevents 95-gallon yard waste carts from tipping over and injuring people.

Cedar Rapids' City Council voted Thursday to spend $540,000 to buy 54,000 of Brokaw's plastic "CartGuards." The "anti-tip plate" attaches to the axles of the carts.

Brokaw will charge the city $8 each for the guards, and the city expects it will cost an additional $2 each to install the guards. A council member has said hundreds have been injured by tipping carts.

Council members also ordered the city to seek money from Brokaw some time in the future for being his first customer.

The council ignored City Manager Jim Prosser's warning the city could face liability if problems surface after the containers are altered.

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