Local News: Golf Cart and UTV Ordinances Pass First Reading at City Council Meeting (10/21/22)

Michelle Wigge (joined by husband Dakota and children) addresses the Nevada City Council in a public hearing during this week’s regular session. The Wigges requested that 417.04 feet of Memorial Street in Lakewood be released so they could build their family home.

Photo by Sarah Haney | Daily Mail Editor

The Nevada City Council considered a long list of new items during a lengthy regular session this week.

First, council held a public hearing regarding the request to vacate 417.04 feet of Memorial Street in Lakewood Addition. Council members heard from community member Michelle Wigge during the hearing. Wigge, along with her husband Dakota, applied to leave Memorial Street to build their new family home on their land. “You work for citizens so that our voices are heard,” Wigge said, addressing the council. “This is a great opportunity to show the citizens and residents of this city that you work and care about us.”

Landowner Kevin Fox also spoke at the public hearing, which spoke against the proposed ordinance to clear the street.

Once the public hearing closed, the council studied the draft law n° 2022-077. This is a special ordinance that would refuse to “overrule the Planning Commission’s recommendation that Memorial Street vacation enforcement between Blocks 1 and 2 of Lakewood Addition”. The bill received one motion and a second. After considerable confusion over the wording of the ordinance, council voted “no”, except for council member Kendall Vickers’ “yes” vote. Therefore, the motion to refuse to overturn the decision of the Planning Commission failed and will be brought before the council again on November 1. The bill will need to be approved by a 4-1 council vote.

The next new case was the study of bill n° 2022-078. This special order would authorize the signing of an agreement with the Rural Hospital Group, of Gladstone, Mo., to provide consulting services related to the Nevada Regional Medical Center. With one motion, a second, and a unanimous roll-call vote, the bill was placed at first reading.

The third element to consider was Bill No. 2022-079. This blanket ordinance would amend Chapter 19 of the Nevada, Missouri City Code and allow commercial utility vehicles (UTVs) and recreational off-road vehicles (RoHVs) on city streets under certain conditions and requires registration with of the Nevada Police Department. Additional requirements would include drivers aged 18 or over; have seat belts for the driver and occupants; a lighted headlight and rear light to operate from half an hour after sunset to half an hour before sunrise; insurance cover; and have a valid operator’s or driver’s license. With one motion, a second, and council members Carol Gallagher, Bill Miles, Lyndon Eberhard and Mayor George Knox voting “yes”, the bill was placed on first reading. Council Member Kendall Vickers voted “no” to the ordinance, citing public safety concerns.

Then, the council examined draft law n° 2022-080. This blanket ordinance would amend Chapter 19 of the city code and allow golf carts on city streets, under certain conditions and requires registration with the Nevada Police Department. As with the UTV ordinance, insurance coverage is required, along with a working headlight and taillight, and drivers must be 18 or older. Additionally, the golf cart must have a bicycle safety flag that extends at least seven feet above the ground, attached to the rear of the vehicle; the golf cart must not operate at speeds greater than 20 miles per hour; must not be used on a city street with a posted speed limit greater than 35 miles per hour; must not be used on a state or federal highway at any time, but may be used on a freeway in order to cross a portion of the state highway that intersects a municipal street; and must not cross a road at an intersection where the road being crossed has a posted speed limit of more than 45 miles per hour. With one motion, a second, and council members Carol Gallagher, Bill Miles, Lyndon Eberhard and Mayor George Knox voting “yes”, the bill was placed on first reading. Council Member Kendall Vickers voted “no” to the ordinance, again citing public safety concerns.

The board then considered a pair of resolutions. First, they discussed Resolution #1668, which would approve a travel portion of the right-of-way permit for the Wind Riders Motorcycle Organization. This resolution would allow the charity to solicit donations at the intersection of Osage and Austin Boulevards from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., November 12, 2022. Proceeds from the collection will be used for local families in need for Christmas. With one motion, one second and one vote from the board, the resolution passed unanimously.

The final resolution considered by the council was Resolution No. 1669. This resolution would declare the caboose at Earp Park as surplus property. The park board has expressed an interest in removing the caboose from Earp Park, as outlined in its five-year plan. However, the tail car must first be declared surplus to accept bids. With one motion, one second, and a 4-1 council vote, the resolution passed. Council member Eberhard voted “no” on the resolution, with the other council members voting “yes”.

With one motion, one second and a unanimous roll-call vote, the board adjourned the meeting.

Council will hold its next regular meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 1, in the council chambers.