The Ottumwa Courier

November 8, 2012

Eddyville council talks golf carts

LORI FAYBIK
Courier correspondent

EDDYVILLE — Eddyville City Council members are considering an ordinance that would allow golf cart and maybe even ATV use on city streets.

Council members had asked City Attorney Greg Life to research golf cart use on city streets. Life returned with a suggested ordinance that requires a city permit for each vehicle.

To operate golf carts on city streets, proof of insurance would be required, speed limits set, certain streets and the levy prohibited, and each vehicle would require a slow-moving vehicle sign and flag.

Golf cart operators would be required to have a valid driver’s license. However, the minimum age for drivers was a source of debate among council members, who couldn’t decide if 16 or 18 would be appropriate.

Another source of debate for council members was the possibility of adding ATVs and perhaps UTVs to the ordinance, to be used primarily for snow removal purposes.

“I don’t know of any statute that allows ATVs. I can tell you that you can do the golf carts; I cannot tell you if you can do the ATVs,” Life said.

“You would have to have legitimate concerns to distinguish between ATV and UTV use in a city ordinance.”

Council members asked Life to research the issue further and return with more information.

In other business, the council heard from Cargill representatives that the recent Fall into Fitness 5K walk/run in Eddyville was a big success.

With 100 registrants, half the proceeds for the event went to city parks the other half to the United Way. Cargill matched registration funds, bringing the total donation to parks up to $2,409.75.

“It was good to see all the community support that came out,” said Councilman Doug Greenlee.