Memo-12-13-2016-Item-11

December 13, 2016

MEMO TO:              Mayor Barber and Board of Commissioners

FROM:                  Frank A. Rush, Jr., Town Manager

SUBJECT:           Ordinance Amending Chapter 11 – Transportation - of the Code of Ordinances Regarding Golf Cart Permit Requirements - (Summary & Suggested Motions)

The Board of Commissioners is scheduled to consider the attached ordinance amendment that clarifies the Town’s requirements for the placement of golf cart license plates and adds a new requirement for “safety regulations decals”.  The ordinance amendment is requested by the Police Department, and is intended to make it easier to identify golf carts registered in the program and to remind golf cart operators of important safety regulations.

The Town’s current ordinance simply requires the display of the golf cart license plate and annual registration decal, and the attached ordinance amendment specifies that it must be mounted on the rear of the golf cart in a visible location.  This clarification will make it easier for the Police Department (and concerned citizens) to identify golf carts operating in the Town. 

In an effort to enhance awareness of the most important golf cart safety regulations, the Police Department has developed a new “safety regulations decal” to be affixed on the windshield of each golf cart registered in the program, facing the golf cart operator.  A copy of the new decal is attached, and the decal will be affixed to the windshield by the Police Officer conducting the annual golf cart inspection.  We are hopeful that this reminder will increase awareness of the most important golf cart safety regulations and also reduce the number of golf cart violations in the future. 

Interim Police Chief Tony Reese will present this item to the Board, and will be available to answer any questions at the December 13 meeting.