City Council discusses the use of golf carts in the city again at Tuesday’s meeting

Effingham, IL-(Radio Effingham)- Effingham Town Council has deepened discussions regarding the use of golf carts in town.

Most Council members agree with the idea in a limited way, keeping golf carts off major highways and only allowing them on roads with a speed limit of 30 mph or less. Members Merv Gillenwater and Hank Stephens expressed reservations about the move, saying those who already use golf carts around town will no longer follow the limited street access rules. Mayor Mike Schutzbach said the trends point to the move, saying other local communities have implemented golf cart use and it has gone well. There were also concerns about enforcement and whether the police would have the manpower to undertake this change. The discussion ended when Council deferred discussion to the next meeting.

Council members also discussed whether to carry out engineering work with Civil Design of Effingham for the reconstruction of part of Merchant Street. Council also approved funding for a $700,000 contract with Effingham Asphalt for Phase II surface work on the Rollin Hills Subdivision. A special use permit for the recycling of Type 2 and Type 5 plastics in the light industrial and non-urban sectors for a specific project at a 1200th Street property was also approved. The Council also finalized the sale of land in the City Business Park to Fritz Krampe. His plan is to build a 50,000 square foot warehouse along South Raney Street.

The Board also heard from the President of the Effingham Regional Growth Alliance, Courtney Yockey, requesting funding for the Alliance for another year. Council heard all the good the Alliance has done for the City over the past year, and Council members expressed their approval for the Alliance, stating that it is very impressive what they have been able to accomplish in such a short time. There was no vote on this at the meeting.