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Belpre Council passes golf cart amendment

BELPRE — Belpre City Council approved the third reading of an amendment to its ordinance permitting the use of golf carts on some city streets at Monday’s meeting.

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.

The amendment approved Monday to the golf cart ordinance primarily involved adding penalty information to the ordinance, stating “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.”

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

Council also approved the second reading of an ordinance approving the edition and inclusion of certain ordinance as parts of the various component codes of the codified ordinances of Belpre passed, an ordinance authorizing all actions necessary to formally accept a Southeast Ohio Public Energy Council (SOPEC) grant issued to the city, and an ordinance to amend the Belpre code of ordinances section no. 1313.12(B) 1,2, and 3.

A ordinance to amend Belpre code of ordinances section no. 939.03, Exhibit A, also passed second reading. This ordinance will increase the water rates for Belpre.

Council also approved the first readings of ordinances approving rates set by the county auditor’s office and to remove restrictive covenants property west of Farson Street where the medical center has been developed and continues to grow.

Prior to the next council meeting on Oct. 25, the Economic Development Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. and the Streets, Sidewalks and Storm Sewer Committee will meet at 7 p.m.

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