The Ottumwa Courier

December 7, 2012

Eddyville City Council considers golf cart ordinance

LORI FAYBIK
Ottumwa Courier

EDDYVILLE — The Eddyville City Council this week continued to review a possible new city ordinance that will allow residents to drive golf carts on city streets.

After lengthy discussion, council members agreed that the proposed ordinance would allow residents, age 18 and older, to drive golf carts on city streets from dawn to dusk with purchase of an annual permit costing $25. Proof of insurance will be required, as will brakes, a slow-moving-vehicle sign and a tall flag. Headlights and taillights will not be required. Speed limit will be set at 25 mph.

The council agreed that the ordinance would not include highways 137 and 63, since those are not city streets. However, council members were divided on the issue of prohibiting golf cart use on major thoroughfares in town.

The city attorney’s recommendation was to prohibit riding golf carts down major roadways such as Merino Avenue, Walnut and Third streets. Two council members agreed with this, two did not and the fifth council member, Wendell Terrell, was absent.

Councilman Dwight Lobberecht insisted that prohibiting these roads would not be necessary, noting that residents may wish to use Merino Avenue to get to the Eddyville Raceway.

However, it was noted that the raceway is not within city limits and drivers would be in violation of the law operating golf carts on county roadways.

A first reading of the ordinance will be held at the next regular City Council meeting. At that time, the council will also consider an ATV ordinance. If the council proceeds on that one, it would have to also be approved by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

In other business, library personnel presented their annual report, along with a request to maintain city appropriations of $28,000 per year for the 2012-13 budget.

The Eddyville Public Library Board of Trustees also presented its annual report, along with a request for a $5,000 increase in funding for the upcoming fiscal year.

Board members noted that increases in employee health insurance premiums and costs of materials as well as decreased interest rates on the library’s investments have increased the library’s funding needs.

The board is requesting a total contribution of $33,000 by the city. The council will consider this request as they work on the city budget.