The Paddock Lake Village Board has decided to put the question of whether to ban golf carts on village streets to a referendum.
Trustee Barbara Brenner made the motion calling for the referendum. Brenner is on record as opposing golf carts use.
Golf carts have received some occasional discussion among village officials for years. But things got more serious last month, when President Terry Burns proposed developing an ordinance regulating the carts and requiring things such as registration with the village, following traffic rules and having a driver’s license. But Brenner lead a change of heart on the matter at this month’s committee of the whole meeting and five members of the board expressed a preference for an outright ban of golf carts on village streets. After that, citizens who own carts and those that support their use sprang into action organizing an online petition and making plans to pack the next board meeting.
About 60 people turned out at Wednesday’s Village Board meeting. About 10 people spoke, all in favor of allowing carts. The audience members said carts were a convenient way to get around the village, especially to get to the beach and back. Some said they were open to more regulation, in exchange for golf carts to still be allowed.
Brenner said the board discussed other avenues after the opposition to a ban developed and came up with the idea of a referendum.
“We think the voting would be more proper than seven people making the decision,” Brenner said.
Village Clerk Emily Uhlenhake said the referendum would have to be held in conjunction with a general election. The next available date is the Nov. 4 election, that will include elections for governor and Congress.
In the meantime, the status of golf carts is unchanged, Burns said.
“Enjoy the summer with your golf cart,” Burns said to the audience.