Monette City Council look at golf cart ordinance
The Monette City Council met July 25 to hear results of a recent meeting between Mayor Jerry Chub Qualls and the Monette Police Department to create ordinance 2016-3. The ordinance will allow the use of golf carts in the city of Monette. Police Chief Brian Carmichael explained current legislation restricting the operation of four-wheelers and golf carts. The use of golf carts is limited to citizens in cities with golf courses for the purposes of traveling to and from the course.
Following a patron's question concerning fairness of limiting the use of golf carts, Carmichael clarified that the operation of golf carts is currently illegal in the city. The ordinance will allow residents of Monette, despite not having a golf course, the use of golf carts within the parameters of ordinance 2016-3.
Concerns of children driving and riding carts recklessly were heard, and it was agreed that up to a certain age children are not capable of safely operating carts unsupervised. The ordinance is expected to promote safety for occupants of golf carts as well as other motor vehicles traveling city streets.
Section one stating guidelines for the use of golf carts in the city limits for Monette include the following:
*The number of passengers will be limited to manufacturers suggestion, or the amount of people that can be safely seated in the golf cart.
*Drivers do not need to be licensed or registered.
*Golf carts may not be driven on streets designated as federal or state highways or county roads.
*Drivers must be at least 13 years of age.
*Hours of operation will be restricted to one half hour before sunrise and one half hour after sundown.
*Golf carts must have working headlights and taillights.
*Drivers must follow all ordinances, statutes and state laws except as permitted within section one of the ordinance.
*Liability insurance is required and proof must be available and presented upon request.
*Any violator of the ordinance will be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction punished by a fine of no less than $50 or more than $200 along with court cost.
A second reading of the ordinance will be held during the August City Council meeting.
Terry Brewer of Brewer Real Estate looked into a property located south of the Monette City Fire Departement. The property, owned by Judy Nettles, was appraised for the amount of $9,200. The Council agreed to offer Nettles the appraised amount. A structure on the property is expected to be used for training by the Fire Department. Following training, what is left of the structure will be removed and additional parking will be made available.
Recorder/Treasurer Vickki Carroll shared a report on the progress of the Monette Veteran's Park Committee. The committee has raised nearly $43,000, a large portion of which was donated by one anonymous citizen. Names are currently $40 each, but are expected to rise if added after the monument is installed. The list of names to be etched on the monument is currently 119 and growing. The Committee is waiting to order the monument until they have raised a majority of the estimated $67,000 total.
Jerry Lamar, Water and Sewer supervisor, shared an update on recent events concerning troubles with city hand held water meter reader. During the June meeting the Council was informed the reader had been sent to the manufacturer for repairs. Soon after the device was returned it began to malfunction again and was sent away for further repair. The reader was back in possession of the city the morning of July 25, but confidence in the reliability of the device is low. The Council agreed to hear presentations from local providers and consider options for the future.
Alderman Dickie Pace shared the review conducted by the Oversight Committee for Water and Sewer finances for the months of August 2015 to June 2016. No problems were reported, and the financial statements were accepted by the Council.
The Board was informed the application was submitted for GIF grant intended to fund the purchase of a new police vehicle. The deadline for the application was July 14. A reply to the request is expected in September or October.
A date was set for Night Out at the Park to be Tuesday, Sept. 13, from 6-9 p.m.
Monette City Council meetings are scheduled for the fourth Monday of each month.