Village President Terry Burns introduced the issue at Tuesday’s Committee of the Whole meeting.
The use of golf carts in the village and how it should be regulated has been an on and off issue in the village for years, Burns said.
Many people do own golf carts and use them to travel to the lake and other in-village destinations, Burns said.
Burns presented the issue as having two options — decide how carts should be used and create an enforceable ordinance or ban them outright.
Burns said he favored regulation.
“I think we can work with something and allow them (carts),” Burns said. “Without any instruction, it’s a free for all now.”
Some of the possible requirements and restrictions found in other municipal ordinances cited by Burns included:
- Requiring head and taillights.
- Restricting when golf carts can be used.
- Obeying all traffic signs and signals.
- Requiring a valid driver’s license to operate a golf cart.
- Requiring registration with the village.
- Requiring insurance.
Having a specific golf cart ordinance will allow the sheriff’s department to enforce regulations, which is problematic now under state statutes, Burns said.
Some board members were reluctant to see an ordinance possibly spur more golf cart use.
“We’re not a golf community so I don’t see the need for golf carts,” said Trustee Barbara Brenner, adding that she felt the roads are too narrow and that carts are unsafe due to a lack of seatbelts.
Trustee Gary Kaddatz said he owns a golf cart that he uses, for example, to travel to Sentry instead of using a full-sized vehicle. He said he felt that cart owners would welcome regulation so those who misuse them can be ticketed.
Village administrator Tim Popanda said he would like to see headlights and tailights required so the vehicles were fully visible.
Burns suggested that staff develop an ordinance and bring it back to the board for further discussion before a vote is taken.