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Belpre Council adds golf cart rules

BELPRE — Belpre City Council continued to refine the ordinance it passed this summer permitting the use of golf carts on some city streets.

In June, council approved the golf cart ordinance which set the parameters and requirements for proper use of golf carts within the city.

Among the requirements outlined, the ordinance requires seat belts, a valid driver’s license and liability insurance on the carts, along with a valid license plate. The carts have to be inspected annually by the Belpre Police Department or another designated facility based on state code. There will be an annual $40 inspection fee.

The golf carts are not permitted on sidewalks. They are permitted on streets with a 25 mph limit but not on streets with a 35 mph limit or higher. The carts may not be driven on state roadways, although they can cross them.

There were also several specified streets outlined in the ordinance where the carts may not be used. Those include: Washington Boulevard (exception is crossing at Stone Road); Main Street (exception is crossing at Fifth Street); Putnam Howe Drive; Farson Street, Lee Street and U.S. 50 within Belpre city limits.

At Monday’s meeting, Councilman Bill Locke presented amendments to the golf cart ordinance to deal with what he described as “housekeeping” issues with the ordinance. The primary change was to add penalty information to the ordinance.

Under the penalty information for the ordinance, “whoever violates this section shall be deemed guilty of a minor misdemeanor. A person who violates this section a second time within one year shall be deemed a third-degree misdemeanor.”

The amendment was passed unanimously. A motion by Locke to suspend council rules and hold second and third readings Monday night failed on a 5-1 vote, since six votes were required for such a suspension. The additional readings will be held at future council meetings.

In other business, council approved the first reading of an ordinance updating the Belpre Fire Prevention Code.

Council’s Streets Committee will hold a committee meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 27, prior to the next council meeting, to discuss Washington Boulevard paving plans.

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