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Golf cart ordinance gets second reading

Published 12:46am Sunday, August 25, 2013

Citizens speak out at council meeting

 

Since late June, Ironton City Council has considered whether to allow golf carts on city streets.

At Thursday’s regular meeting, a couple of citizens gave their opinion on the ordinance, which if passed would provide rules for the operation of the small vehicles in Ironton.

Ironton resident Paul Glanville spoke out in opposition of the ordinance.

“To me that’s another thing that’s going to be on the city streets, just like the motorized wheelchairs,” Glanville said. “I know people have to get around, but somehow, somewhere they should have to mark those things with a pole and a flag like they used to, or somehow a rotating light or a strobe light.”

Glanville asked how many people have come out in support of the ordinance.

Council Chairman Mike Lutz said he had received 30 emails and half as many phone calls expressing support. He also said someone told him they were against the new law.

“It’s surprised me how much volume that I received that is positive,” Lutz said. “We vote on things that are $3 million, and we’re talking about golf carts.”

Lutz also recommend the ordinance get a third reading before passing or rejecting it.

Mayor Rich Blankenship also said several citizens have asked that the ordinance be given a third reading to allow for more community input.

Another Ironton resident, Duke Sheridan, agreed somewhat with Glanville.

“They need to be clearly marked above the cart itself,” Sheridan said. “They need a light or something because they are dangerous. They are just like motorcycles. They are there and you don’t see them.”

Sheridan also said if having golf carts in the city would be a positive move he would support it.

Councilman Aaron Bollinger said he would be in support of a trial run of a golf cart ordinance that was previously tabled.

“I liked the first ordinance that was read because that was dealing with keeping the golf carts off the main streets but they can abide by these laws on the side streets,” Bollinger said. “… I am fearing if we start putting these on Second Street and Park Avenue, there might be some issues.”

The ordinance currently on the table would require the carts to undergo the same inspection and registration process as other street-legal vehicles plus an additional annual $20 registration fee with the city police department.

The carts would have to have proper title, insurance, registration and license plates, as well as a licensed driver at least 16 years old.

The carts would only be allowed on city streets with a 35 mph or less speed limit. The carts would be allowed to cross over intersections with higher speeds so long as the cart remains on a street with a speed limit of 35 mph or less.

Children who fall under the child restraint criteria would not be allowed in the carts.

The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 12.

 

 

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  • swimmingupstream

    I say that as soon as the stupid city council passes the golf cart ordinance, so that motorists can run down a few old people, we bring back the ice cream trucks so that children can be enticed to run out in front of cars….

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  • 1 Concerned Citizen

    I do not know why Ironton is even considering this. Ironton city streets are not set up for this. In order for it to be safe and not slow up traffic there would need to be a lane specific for golf carts. In new communities where they are golf cart friendly it is usually in a country club setting, retirement community or where the streets were designed for the carts. Without careful planning this is a disaster waiting to happen.

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  • Ironton Cares

    I am very sorry for anyone that can’t walk or get around without a power chair but I am opposed also that they would be allowed on our streets and someone would try to buck having a golf cart on the city streets. These people in the wheelchairs are terrible on the streets and if they cut in front of you they cuss you for being in your car, half of the ones in wheelchairs I know can walk but just to be lazy they get a wheelchair provided by the government that we pay for. I think they should also be licensed with a plate and they should ALSO abide by the laws.

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  • swampcreature

    It’s hard to believe this crazy idea wasn’t shelved for good weeks ago.

    Ironton is not a golfing community. This city does not even have a miniature golf course. There is no reason to even be considering this ordinance.

    Hopefully, council will prevent a needless tragedy by voting this stupid idea down.

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  • TribuneSubscriber

    I too have been restricted for the past 7+ years having to get around in a Power Chair. It’s “Not a SCOOTER”, and I DO NOT ride it as such and never have.

    IT IS UNFORTUNATE ……
    that the City Of Ironton for over a decade have chosen to IGNORE the BROKEN SIDEWALKS AND CURBS that many of us riders ”’TRY TO USE”’…. but are NOT ABLE TO and we MUST DETOUR into the city streets in an effort to get around.

    IF THE CITY OF IRONTON….. AND WHOEVER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR SIDEWALK REPAIR ON THEIR PROPERTIES WOULD FIX THESE BROKEN AND UNREPAIRED WALK WAYS….. WE COULD US THEM..!!!

    In Florida where I have family, the City have CODES that REQUIRE MAINTAINING THEIR SIDEWALKS or the City has the right to come onto your property…. FIX THE SIDEWALK…. and send you a bill or add it to your yearly property taxes.

    I will add….
    that I utilize the sidewalks and alleyways every time I can for BOTH MY SAFETY and the SAFETY OF THE MOTORING PUBLIC……

    When I see a car coming down the road, I MOVE TO THE CURB AND STOP TO ENSURE THAT THEY DO SEE ME…. AND TO MAKE SURE THAT I AM OUT OF THEIR WAY…. and that I TOO AM SAFE..!!!

    I used to be a motorcycle/bike rider for many years before I became disabled and unable to ride for …
    AGAIN… “”MY SAFETY”" and the “”SAFETY OF THE MOTORING PUBLIC”".

    Personally….. I DO NOT WANT TO SEE ”’GOLF CARTS”’ on our city streets.

    GOLF CARTS BELONG…. ON A GOLF COARSE….!!!

    The solution is SIMPLE…. IRONTON… FIX YOUR DAMN SIDEWALKS AND MAKE CURBS HANDICAPED ACCESSABLE AS IS THE LAW..!!!

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    • TribuneSubscriber

      * * * * TO ADD…..
      I meant to refer to sidewalks that have massive breaks and in places are HOOVED UP to as much as OVER A FOOT… 12″ that prohibit safe operation of our chairs and even for the PUBIC WHO WALK…there is NO WAY… come hell or high water that we can SAFELY operate over these walkways…

      And YES… I have even reported dozens of these to the City Code Office and the Mayors office with NOTHING DONE in these past many years.

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      • bleedingheart

        Dear Subscriber, I am sorry you are confined to a wheelchair. I can appreciate your need for independence and mobility. However, power wheelchairs are NOT intended for outdoor use. Read the qualifications needed for insurance reimbursement. They state the patients must need the chairs for mobility IN THEIR HOMES. Golf carts are for the golf course, power chairs for the home. Both are hard for the motorists to see.

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  • swimmingupstream

    Once this ordinance is passed, the next step will be to establish golf cart/ motor chair/ bicycle lanes in the city. This can be accomplished by eliminating parking on the right hand side of all streets in town with a speed limit of 35 or less; boldly marking these lanes with striping of some kind so that cars know not to park there. These lanes would be regulated by another ordinance that would allow the police to immediately tow any car found parked in a golf cart lane…..WELCOME to the NEW Ironton!!!

    AND I didn’t think things could get any crazier than they already are…

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  • Digi

    I thought this crazy notion was kicked to the curb already? Or was that just a smoke screen to get those against it off your backs so you can sneak a “trial ordinance” in? Are there not more pressing issues than golf carts that need settled?

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