Starke County’s lack of a golf cart ordinance is causing problems for residents of its two lake communities. Members of the Bass Lake Property Owners Association have asked the commissioners to look into setting a policy. Many people use golf carts to get around at both Bass and Koontz Lakes, often with no regard for motorized vehicles or low-light conditions when they are difficult to see. The commissioners discussed the matter but did not take any formal action. Several communities have adopted ordinances that allow golf carts equipped with slow moving vehicle signs and headlights to be operated on public roads if the owner obtains a permit to do so, and the state has a law on the books that sets regulations that must be followed.
Written by Mary Perren
WKVI News Director Mary Perren is glad to be back home in northern Indiana and on the radio. She’s a North Judson native with more than 20 years of news experience. She’s worked in print and radio news in Indianapolis, Hopkinsville, Ky., Nashville, Tenn. and most recently in Winamac before taking over as news director for Kankakee Valley Broadcasting in February of 2013. Her work has been honored by the Associated Press, StateNets News Association, Curb Foundation, Hoosier State Press Association and IBA. When she’s not sitting in the anchor chair or chasing down news, Mary enjoys shopping for antiques, attending concerts and taking long walks and rides in her vintage Saab convertible, weather permitting. She’s also a hopelessly devoted Chicago Cubs fanatic who still cringes at the mention of Steve Garvey and Josh Beckett and maintains it wasn’t Steve Bartman’s fault.