Idle Butler Golf Cart Order | Butler’s Bulletin

BUTLER — A vote on allowing golf carts and all-terrain vehicles on the streets of Butler will wait at least two more weeks after the city council voted unanimously on Monday to file the ordinance for revisions additional, leaving the question open.

City Attorney Cedric Hollabaugh read the ordinance in full for the first time on Monday, but after discussion – and at the suggestion of Mayor Mike Hartman – District 3 Councilman Darren Alloway offered to table it to allow Hartman, Hollabaugh and Police Chief Mark Heffelfinger to review it further. The first vote is now expected to take place at the council meeting on October 17.

Golf carts and ORVs are not currently permitted on any Butler Street.

Heffelfinger said that, as written, golf cart or ORV users could only use Federal Street — which turns into CR 65 outside the city limits — to enter or exit Butler without traveling on a state highway. or federal.

“The only way to cross US 6 is Ash, Canal, Beech and Pearl,” Heffelfinger added. “These are the only roads where you can cross US 6 directly.” He noted that Oak Street is the only street that crosses the city from east to west.

He said the Butler City Court had requested that the court costs be added to the fines section and that any violations be paid only through the court. The ordinance, as currently written, also lists the municipal office of the town of Butler as the place of payment for tickets.

As Hollabaugh read, the ordinance states that all-terrain vehicles and golf carts would be allowed on public roads within the city limits, but not on US 6 or SR 1, which is also prohibited by Indiana law. Users should cross SR 1 or US 6 at 90 degree angles, but not drive on these roads.

The ordinance states that golf carts must have two headlights, turn signals and at least one tail light. The operator of a golf cart or ORV must be at least 18 years old and hold a valid Indiana operator’s license. Any passenger under the age of 18 must wear a safety helmet.

If adopted, golf carts and ORVs will need to be registered annually with the city, with a fee set at $35 for each golf cart or ORV. Owners of these vehicles must purchase insurance and these vehicles must be inspected by the police department. Golf carts and ORVs would not be allowed to operate between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.

ORVs are also subject to guidelines set by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Hollabaugh noted.

Failure to comply with any of the rules could result in a $100 fine for any first violation; a $250 fine and a 60-day suspension from the use of a golf cart or ORV for a second offence; and a $500 fine and lifetime ban from the use of a golf cart or ORV to Butler on a third violation. Violating the 60-day or lifetime suspension is punishable by a $1,000 fine.

In addition, the proposed order states that any criminal trespassing conviction involving either a golf cart or ORV will result in a lifetime suspension.

Resident Kyle Knapp questioned the hours of operation and the seat belt requirement for golf carts.

“I would definitely drive it to work and follow DeKalb County law in being able to leave and turn on side roads,” Knapp said. “My shift starts at 4 a.m. and I come home at 2 or 3 p.m. Knapp added that his swinging shift means he doesn’t come home until after midnight.

Hollabaugh said Butler’s prescription was created from those used in other communities and also from a safety perspective.

“I personally have never seen a golf cart with seat belts,” Knapp said. “I have a side by side. I have seat belts and can get a five point harness.

Resident Josh Fuentes asked if ORVs owned by the city and school districts would be exempt from the ordinance. “There’s no specific provision exempting them,” Hollabaugh said.

Later, Eastside student Ethan Kerr asked the city council to consider changing an ordinance that prohibits the housing of chickens within city limits. District 2 council member Mark Cline recommended a review of the ordinance.

As Hartman recommended elected officials not accept increases in 2023, the board once again cast a vote.

Council members asked Clerk-Treasurer Angela Eck to revise the salary ordinance to exclude raises for the mayor and council members. They agreed by consensus to keep increases of 4% for the positions of clerk-treasurer and judge.

“I do it because I love it,” District 1 council member Tracey Hawkins said of her service. “I’m not doing this for the money.

“If we take the hit (no raise), it shows we’re more concerned about our people than the money,” Cline said.

Alloway thinks money will be tight in the near future. District 4 council member Eric Johnson also spoke out in favor of no raise for council members or the mayor.

Five nominations have been approved to the City’s Redevelopment Commission. They are Eric Dohner and Mary Rowe, appointed by the city council, and Elizabeth Chrisman, Jay Jacobs and Justin Smith, appointed by Hartman.