06/20/12 The Marshall County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on July 2nd for the “Golf Cart” ordinance.

At a meeting earlier this month the commissioners approved the ordinance on first reading to allow golf carts on specific county roads around the lake communities within the county.  The ordinance spells-out exactly which roadways golf carts will be permitted on around Lake Maxinkuckee and Culver Military Academy, Pretty Lake, Koontz Lake, Lake of the Woods, Lawrence Lake, Myers Lake, Cook/Holm Lakes, and Kreighbaum/Millpond Lakes.

Under the ordinance operators of the golf carts are required to be licensed drivers, and have proof of insurance in the cart at all times during operation.  Carts must display a red or amber flashing light at times when headlights are necessary for other motor vehicles and the light must be visible from a distance of not less than 500 feet.  Golf carts on county roadways must also have working headlamps and taillights.

There are a few other obvious regulations such as adhering to state traffic laws, not carrying more passengers than the cart is equipped for, and having all riders seated at all times.

The County ordinance includes a provision for violations too.  Anyone violating the ordinance shall be subject to a fine of $25 for the first violation, $50 for the second and $100 for the third violation.

Commissioner Jack Roose said during Monday’s meeting that he has been contacted by several citizens who feel it not fair to all citizens in the county.  The recommendation was made to allow golf carts on all county roadways.

County Attorney Jim Clevenger said he forward the ordinance to the Sheriff but hasn’t received any feedback yet.