At their meeting Monday night, the Chariton City Council approved the third and final reading and the adoption of the ordinance amending Chapter 10 of the Chariton Municipal Code to regulate the use of golf carts on city streets in the City of Chariton. It will go into effect June 1, 2019.

The third reading of the golf cart ordinance and the adoption of it were passed in two parts.

Chariton Mayor Roger Manser moved to approve the third reading of the ordinance, which was seconded by council member Jayma Hoch. Council member Hoch then moved to adopt the ordinance effective June 1, 2019, which was seconded by Council member Denny Bisgard.

Each motion was passed by a 4-1 vote with Chariton Mayor Roger Manser and council members Jayma Hoch, Denny Bisgard and Mike Graves voting yes each time and council member Ruth Smith voting no.

The final ordinance states that, “Golf carts shall not be operated on a city street which is a primary road extension through the city, including Highway 14 and Highway 34, except to the extent necessary to cross a city street which is a primary road extension through the City.”

The final ordinance also states, “The operation of golf carts in the City of Chariton is specifically prohibited on Ilion Avenue from 7th Street to 16th Street, Osceola Avenue from Hy-Vee Road to North 13th Street and Albia Road. “

According to the authorized times of operation section of the ordinance, “Golf carts may be operated on city streets only between sunrise and sunset and shall not be operated when visibility is such that there is insufficient light to clearly see persons and vehicles at a distance of 500 feet.”

It also states, “Golf carts owned and operated by any governmental entity or school district are exempt from these time restrictions when used in the performance of their duties.”

The required equipment section of the ordinance, Section 10.60.070, says that golf carts operated on the city streets shall be equipped with at least the following:

1. An unobstructed retro-reflective slow-moving vehicle sign that meets ASAE standards or newer.

2. An orange safety flag, the top of which shall be a minimum of six feet above the ground level.

3. Valid liability insurance covering the golf cart in the same limits as required of automobiles by the financial responsibility provisions of Chapter 321A of the Iowa Code.

4. A valid permit from the City of Chariton, Iowa.

In section 10.60.080 of the ordinance which deals with Unlawful Operation, it states that no person shall drive or operate a golf cart:

1. In a careless, reckless, or negligent manner as to endanger the person or property of another or cause injury or damage thereto.

2. While under the influence of intoxicating liquor or narcotics or habit-forming drugs.

3. In or on any park, playground, sidewalk, or upon any publicly owned property except with the permission of the governing body thereof.

Read the May 28, 2019 edition of the Chariton Leader for the rest of the story.

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