Chatfield City Council approves city administrator’s amendment, rejects ATV and golf cart ordinance motion – Reuters

CHATFIELD – At its Monday evening meeting, Chatfield City Council passed an ordinance amending the city’s charter and rejected a motion to write an ordinance regulating the use of ATVs, UTVs and golf carts on the streets from the city.

The second vote on the city charter amendment was unanimous, as was the council’s first vote at the September 26 meeting. The amendment, which will come into effect from mid-January to the end of January, clarifies the role of the city administrator, a position that has long been called city clerk. For nearly 23 years, City Clerk Joel Young practically acted as a city administrator, but his title did not reflect that.

“The person who appointed the city clerk has performed duties beyond the paleness of a city clerk for years,” Mayor Russ Smith said at the Sept. 26 meeting. “It’s, for me and for other board members, it’s more of an housekeeping item. Let’s bring this job description into the 21st century.”

The change will come into effect from mid-January to the end of January, 90 days after the change is published in Chatfield News.

Later in the meeting, three council members voted against a motion allowing City Attorney Fred Suhler Jr. to write an ordinance regulating the use of ATVs, UTVs and golf carts in the city.

“I think we need an ordinance, and I totally agree that we need a golf cart ordinance,” Councilman Paul Novotny said. “I don’t like this one.”

The draft ordinance introduced by Chatfield Police Chief Shane Fox would have established licenses for those wishing to drive ATVs and golf carts on city streets, lasting for one year and costing $10 per permit. Council members discussed the practicality of passing an ordinance restricting certain actions, such as the conduct of minors, when state law already covers those concerns.

“If you have any comments, if there are things you would like to see removed or added or removed, I know Shane has been working on this for quite a while,” Smith said. “But we need something in town. Sometimes there’s going to be an accident…and when it does, there’s going to be a lot of questions being asked, ‘Why did this happen?’ you know, if we don’t have something.”

The board agreed to revisit the issue when it meets again on October 24.