|Elida to OK golf carts in village|
|Tuesday, June 24, 2014 8:00 PM|
BY CYNTHIA YAHNA
DHI Media Correspondent
ELIDA — Golf carts dominated a short regular session of the Elida Village Council Tuesday.
Police Chief Metzger asked council to draft an ordinance for golf carts to be allowed on the Elida village streets.
According to the ordinance, an inspection of the golf cart by the Chief of Police or his designee for compliance with the state of Ohio’s statutory requirements that are applicable to motor vehicles is needed.
The inspection must be pre-arranged and the owner of any golf cart shall be required to pay an inspection fee of $20. This inspection fee shall be deposited into the general fund.
The owner must show a valid Ohio operator’s license (driver’s license) and proof of financial responsibility for the golf cart before the certificate of compliance is issued.
No person shall operate a golf cart on any state highway within the village limits. No person shall operate a golf cart on any village street in the village of Elida where the posted speed limit exceeds 25 mph. Operators may cross state highways and streets where the speed limit exceeds 25 mph provided they comply with all other applicable state and local laws.
In addition, the occupants of golf carts shall be seated at all time, on the seat of the golf cart when the cart is in motion. Standing on any portion of the golf cart when it is in motion is prohibited. No matter how many seats a golf cart may have, the maximum seating capacity will be four (one driver and one rider in and two riders in the rear seat.)
The penalty to anyone who violates this ordinance is guilty of a minor misdemeanor on a first offense; on a second offense within one year after the first offense, the person is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree; on each subsequent offense after the second offense within one year after the first offense the person is guilty of misdemeanor of the third degree.”
According to Mayor Kim Hardy, an increase in the use of golf carts has been observed and the village needed to take positive action to protect the village and the need for the golf carts to be inspected.
The council’s tree commission will have a public hearing at 9 a.m. on Monday.
The next village council meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. July 8.