Williamstown talks golf cart ordinance

WILLIAMSTOWN — At the last Williamstown City Council meeting on July, 5, Councilmember Jim Stage proposed an ordinance to add restrictions on using golf carts and ATV’s on city streets. Council discussed this issue in more depth during Tuesday’s meeting.

“I think ATV’s and golf carts are out of control,” he said. “There’s kids running around on those things, there are people going to the gas station on Highland Avenue and have no license (plate) on them.”

Stage said he has even seen little kids driving golf carts around Williamstown.

“I for one don’t want to see us have to ban it,” said Mayor Paul Jordan. “But I do feel that we need to come up with some kind of guidelines.”

Marty Seufer, finance chair, said he has seen a second grader driving a golf cart, while accompanied by his mother and brothers and sisters, riding around the city streets for 45 minutes.

“I’m seeing kids all over the place on these things,” said Seufer.

Seufer asked Chief of Police Shawn Graham if police had the power to enforce the laws dealing with golf carts and ATV’s, so council wouldn’t have to pass an ordinance.

Graham said those without a driver’s license cannot legally drive. He said to contact the police if someone underage is seen driving around Williamstown.

“When we see kids driving we deal with it,” said Graham.

Jordan said he would like an ordinance of the rules to help make people aware of the rules. He said that they would discuss this topic more in the future and no action were taken. Jordan and Graham said they would post a memo on their respective Facebook pages to try to help ease the situation.

Stage proposed to spend $40,000 in American Rescue Plan funds for an LED sign in Tomlinson Park and a sign at the old Williamstown Elementary School. Seufer said the signs could be used to provide information and would most likely fall under the guidelines to be able to use the ARP funds to pay for it.

Seufer moved to dedicate the ARP funds and bid the Tomlinson Park sign, which will be at Fifth Street and Highland Avenue. Council unanimously passed Seufer’s motion.

Councilmember Randy Dick said the asbestos abatement notice for the old Williamstown Elementary School ran in the newspaper on Tuesday and the bids must be in by 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 16.

Dick also commented on how nice Tomlinson Park looked for the Williamstown Volunteer Fire Company Ice Cream Social last Friday.

“It was probably one of our largest socials we have ever had,” said Jordan.

Dick said the pool season will end in four weeks. He encouraged everyone to come out to the pool and enjoy it before its closed.

James Dobbs can be reached at jdobbs@newsandsentinel.com.


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