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GOLF ORDINANCE: Changes ahead for city

August 16, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — With the county adopting a golf cart ordinance,Columbia City is in the process of reviewing and making changes to its ordinance governing the alternative vehicles.
“The rules and regulations, as far as the way the ordinance reads, are very similar to the county as far as the equipment and regulations over the passing years,” said Police Chief Timothy Longenbaugh at the Columbia City Board of Works and Safety meeting Tuesday.
Longenbaugh said the department has received several calls about people asking questions on the city and county permits.
“Our ordinance reads to operate a golf cart in the city limits, you must have a city golf cart permit,” said Longenbaugh. “So it’s kind of raised the question that maybe we should have some way for our officers to identify the people who have city golf cart permits, and the thought has crossed my mind that maybe we could have some kind of sticker or placard or something that officers could easily identify.”
Board of Works members Mayor Ryan Daniel, Daniel Weigold and Walt Crowder all agreed if the sticker or placard could help police officers, it would be a good change to make to the ordinance in the future.
Longenbaugh said it would be fairly simple to mail it to people who have already been issued a permit.
Since the city goes down a checklist when the golf carts are inspected, including proof of ownership, insurance and equipment, Longenbaugh suggested a $5 fee be charged for the officer’s time.
“If we decided to go the route of charging the fee for standard things that we do, I think that something we would do is basically give a grace period between now and this date,” said the mayor. “If you want to get your golf cart approved by the city, you can still do it for free up to this date,” he said.

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