Golf cart/UTV ordinance subject


Golf cart/UTV ordinance subject

of special hearing in City of Atalissa

A proposal to create a golf cart/UTV ordinance for the city of Atalissa will be the subject of a public hearing on Monday, Sept. 14, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Atalissa City Hall.

Anyone is welcome to attend the hearing on the ordinance, first brought to the attention of the Atalissa City Council in April and later approved by an initial 4-1 vote. City clerk Samantha Parry says the ordinance is similar to other UTV/Golf cart ordinances in surrounding communities and said the ordinance will be officially read at the public hearing, with residents providing input.

Mayor Bob Schmidt said the ordinance is patterned after an ordinance in Wilton and another local community and said the ordinance has been a topic of discussion as well in the past, resurrected earlier this year when council member Tim Dewar brought the question to light.

He said there are residents who use such vehicles in the community already and said adopting the ordinance would make their ride legal. “It’s kind of been an unwritten rule,” the mayor said, noting the city has never been strict on enforcing the law.

He said making golf carts and utility vehicles legal in the community is a step in the right direction on improving the face of Atalissa, which he said needs a shot in the arm to help attract new residents and business to the community. He said the public hearing is just another step toward the possibility of adoping the ordinance, noting the city is following procedure before the vehicles are considered legal in the community.