Butler Council hears concerns over golf carts | The star

BUTLER – While Butler City Council has not commented or taken action on a proposed ordinance regarding the use of golf carts and all-terrain vehicles within city limits, one person has taken the speak at Tuesday’s meeting.

Robert Beck said he was neither for nor against the issue, but raised several questions.

“I find it hard to see the purpose of it,” he said. “There are a lot of people in the community who are not in favor of this, who will not come forward to talk about it.”

He expressed concern about truck traffic on US 6 and golf carts attempting to cross or use that road with these large vehicles, as well as the possible use of golf carts by minors or the use of these vehicles in the parks.

“I just don’t see the need for it,” Beck said. “I don’t see the need for any additional burden on our law enforcement or the community

“We don’t live next to a golf course. We are not a retirement community. We don’t live next to a campground or an RV park that supports these things,” he continued. “I find it difficult to see the future. Convince me there’s a purpose in the community for this.

City Attorney Cedric Hollabaugh asked council members and department heads to review the draft and recommend changes before considering it for a vote.

Mayor Mike Hartman reminded residents that the use of golf carts and ORVs is not permitted within city limits.

“Since this discussion was introduced, everyone at this table can say they’ve seen an increase in ORVs and golf carts on the streets,” Hartman said. “They must have felt that since we are talking about it, it gives them the green light to put them on the street.

“It’s not a green light for them. It’s probably going to hurt them in the long run,” he said.

Council holds two public hearings

Jessie Johnson of Wessler Engineering submitted an engineering report for the North Broadway Water Main, Storm, and Sanitary Replacement, required for the city’s application for a state revolving fund loan.

Johnson said the project is approximately 90% designed and is expected to begin in April 2023, to be completed by April 2024. The project will replace the existing water main from the US 6 and SR 1 intersection and the mains from service and sewer lines and diversions from Rue Verte. Both projects would end at Monroe Street.

In his review, Johnson said the existing water main is an aging ductile iron pipe with lead branch lines. Over the past five years, there have been eight water main breaks, including one that drained the city’s water tower.

The sewer lines and laterals are nearly 100 years old, and failure could lead to costly emergency repairs or sinkholes.

The plan would include a new 10-inch water main across the street with new house connections and fire hydrants. The new main sewer would have diameters of 10, 12 and 15 inches, with new branches at the property right-of-way.

The project will include complete road resurfacing, new sidewalks on both sides and new streetlights.

In response to a question from District 2 Council Member Mark Cline, Johnson said the existing water main would be abandoned in place. The new mainline will be installed along the west side of North Broadway.

After the second public hearing – for an ordinance that will eliminate the utility receipt tax and reduce water rates by about 56 cents for a 4,000 gallon per month user – the city council passed it to unanimously in two readings, with a third reading to follow at the September 19 meeting.

The code enforcement officer gives his report

Code Enforcement Officer Mike Fry submitted his August activity report.

There were 17 tall grass complaints, all addressed and city crews mowed three. There were 10 tall weed complaints, and all issues have been resolved. There was a brush complaint as the brush was removed.

There were eight reports of curbside litter released early, with all eight removed. Fry said there were six notices of vehicles with expired plates. Of these, five have been removed and one review is still open.

Fry received a complaint for camping in tents longer than expected. This problem has been solved. There was a complaint about a sign blocking the view of traffic as the sign was removed.

There were two animal-related complaints: one with more dogs than allowed by the ordinance, which was resolved; and the other raises chickens in a non-agricultural area, which is not allowed by ordinance. Fry said the matter is open for consideration by city council.

other business

In other business, Hartman said he had a meeting today with officials from the Indiana Department of Transportation to discuss the railroad situation and issues with recent crossing closures.

City Council has approved the trick or treat to take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 29.

The works committee has approved a Hometown Heroes event this Saturday. The 100 and 200 blocks of South Broadway and 100 blocks of East and West Oak Streets will be closed during the event.