CONNEAUT — City Council voted to allow golf carts on certain roads in the city, provided that the carts and drivers meet certain criteria.
An ordinance to allow golf carts and similar vehicles on roads was introduced in mid-July, but was tabled before being voted on due to concerns about carts on roads with speed limits of 35 miles per hour.
On Monday night, the ordinance was amended so that golf carts would only be allowed on roads with speed limits of 25 miles per hour or less, then it was passed.
“This was directly related to public safety,” said Thomas Kozesky, 4th Ward Councilperson and chair of the public safety committee.
Golf carts must be inspected by the Conneaut Police Department before they can be driven on the road, must have current tags, Law Director Kyle Smith said when the ordinance was introduced. Drivers must have valid drivers licenses and insurance, he said.
• Council approved two ordinances allowing City Manager Jim Hockaday to apply for Ohio Public Works Commission funds for a pair of projects. The first ordinance allows Hockaday to apply for an OPWC grant for the resurfacing of Gateway Avenue, from Route 7 to Dorman Road. “There are a couple of areas where that road that was constructed for the schools has started to destabilize,” Hockaday said. Soil conditions in the area are poor, he said.
The second application is for the city’s water treatment facility. The city is seeking $300,000 in grant funds, and up to $500,000 in zero percent loan funds. The estimated cost of the entire project, including engineering, is just under $1.5 million, Hockaday said.
The project install new filters, new filter media, and new pumps in the city’s water treatment plant, Hockaday said. The project would allow the plant to more efficiently process drinking water, and save on electricity, Hockaday said.
• Hockaday met with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources about establishing a water trail designation for Conneaut Creek, he said.
“I think it’s something we should do,” Hockaday said. “I think we see a lot of recreational use of our creek, our river, here, whether it’s Steelhead fishing, whether it’s kayaking or canoeing. This would be a program that would allow us to make it safer for those people who are already recreationally using the river.”
• The ribbon-cutting for Truck World will be held on Sept. 24, Hockaday said.
Current and past council members have been invited to the ribbon cutting.
The event will start at 3 p.m., with the actual ribbon cutting scheduled to take place at 3:30 p.m., Hockaday said.