COLUMBIA CITY â€” An amendment was passed on first reading in regards to city golf cart permits at the Columbia City Common Council meeting Tuesday. It will be moved to a second reading at the next meeting Sept. 11.
With the county recently adopting an ordinance, Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh said the cityâ€™s regulations state that those who operate golf carts in the city must have a city permit.
â€śI thought the golf carts could have some kind of a placard or decal that the permit holders could attach to the golf cart,â€ť said Longenbaugh.
â€śOfficers would be able to, without stopping the golf cart, check for a permit and be able to see if that person has had a permit issued.â€ť
Mayor Ryan Daniel said he thought the change would assist the officers as they determined if citizens had permits or not.
Longenbaugh said it was also brought up in a previous Board of Works meeting that the city would also charge $5 per golf cart permit, non-transferable.
â€śFor the people who have already been issued golf cart permits â€” we would have to mail them their permits along with the regulations,â€ť said Longenbaugh.
Daniel said the Board of Works also suggested to Longenbaugh that there should be a free period, and the charge for permits should not begin until Jan. 1 of 2013.