At Monday night's regular monthly Eddyville City Council meeting, the council revisited the first reading of a proposed golf cart ordinance, which would allow golf carts to be driven on city streets with heavy restrictions.
City Clerk Lynn Orange said there was a procedural error in voting on the first reading at their September meeting, and that their attorney advised it should be redone.
Some of the requirements laid out in the ordinance, which are in line with KRS requirements include:
• Golf carts may only be operated on roadways with a speed limit of 35 mph or less.
• Operators must fill out an application for a yearly permit (one per cart) with the City of Eddyville at a cost of $10 annually, which is issued after proof of inspection. The inspection must be performed by a certified inspector at the Lyon County Sheriff's Office at a cost of $5 if the cart is brought to the office, or $10 if the inspector must travel to the cart.
• The cart must be insured in compliance with Kentucky State law by the owner or operator.
• All motorized carts must be complete with the following: Headlamps, tail lamps, stop lamps, front and rear turn signals, one red reflex reflector on each side as far to the rear as practicable and one red reflex reflector on the rear, an exterior mirror mounted on the driver's side of the vehicle and either an exterior mounted mirror on the passenger's side of the vehicle or an interior mirror, a parking brake, a seat belt assembly that conforms to the federal motor vehicle safety standard for each designated seating position, and a horn that meets the requirements for Kentucky state law.
The last regulation, dictating the equipment that must be present on the golf cart, is the one that was met with the most concern from council members last month. Some worried the modifications were unrealistic, or could be too expensive to be practical.
In Monday's meeting, council member Greg Greene said he had spoken with Kuttawa Mayor Jimmy Campbell about the golf cart ordinance, because Kuttawa already has one in place, about how people with carts had adapted to the regulations. Greene said Campbell expressed they had not had any real issues with compliance, and that a kit to convert the cart to meet the state regulations (which the ordinance mirrors) was available for around $200.
Eddyville Police Chief Shane Allison told council members, as he had last month, that without this ordinance in place it will remain illegal to operate golf carts on city roads altogether.
A vote on the first reading of the ordinance was taken after the discussion, and it passed 3-1, with Michael Greene voting in opposition. Council members Julie Forsythe and Leigh Ann Conger were absent from the meeting and therefore unable to vote.
Mayor John Choat shared with the council that they had received $95,832 in discretionary funds from the state for milling and paving in downtown Eddyville, specifically West Main and Commerce Streets.
This amount is only about half of what is actually needed, Choat explained. Though there was no action to be taken at this meeting, he expressed a desire to budget for the remainder of the required funds in next year's budget in order to get all of the milling and paving completed at once.
The city has three years to spend the state discretionary money.
The Eddyville City Council meets the first Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at Eddyville City Hall. Their next meeting will be Nov. 4.