A few changes to the way golf carts may be used on the streets of Culver were considered by the Culver Town Council, Tuesday night.
Golf carts are a common method of transportation during the warmer months in the lake community. The Town already has an ordinance in place regulating their use, but proposed changes to the ordinance prompted a public hearing.
Reading from the language, Town Council President Ginny Bess Munroe says traffic violations are ticketed similarly to cars.
“Anyone violating any of the provisions of this ordinance shall be subject to a fine of $100 for a first violation, $150 for a second violation, and $200 for a third violation,” says Munroe.
Among the changes in the ordinance is the fee charged to register the vehicles with the Town – which will increase from $25 to $40 annually.
The ordinance also specifies how many passengers the vehicle may have an how old one must be when driving. According to Culver Town Manager Jonathan Leist, the vehicles are not allowed on Town sidewalks.
Munroe says the way the funds are used may also undergo a change after the New Year.
“When there’s a new council on in January, I’m going to propose that we possibly use that revenue to fund the Visitor’s Center, but also have the Visitor’s Center handle the permits as well,” says Munroe
Culver currently has about 300 golf cart vehicles registered with the Town. Funds collected from their registration are used to supplement the Town’s General Fund.
Any resident planning to utilize a golf cart for use on Culver’s roadways is required to possess a valid driver’s license.
The ordinance changes were approved unanimously on first reading. They will come back for a second and third reading at the next Culver Town Council meeting.