Poplarville Golf Cart Ordinance in Training – Picayune Item

During Tuesday’s Poplarville Council of Aldermen meeting, council members received a proposed golf cart ordinance.

The proposed Ordinance is expected to be reviewed and finalized by the next meeting where Council will consider adopting it.

City Attorney Gregory P. Holcomb led the discussion, touching on specific topics.

Some of the regulations outlined in the proposed order include that carts will only be allowed on public roads with speed limits of 25 miles per hour or less. Trolleys will not be allowed to be used on sidewalks and may not cross any public road or street that the mayor or council deems unsafe. If necessary, or if certain streets become too congested, the Régie reserves the right to remove specific streets from the ordinance, even streets with an allowable speed limit. Council will adopt a map with the assistance of City Engineer Jason Lamb for the information of Council and the public.

Hours of golf cart use are still under review, but the board is open to any use of the time.

An exception involves in school zones one hour before opening and one hour before students exit Poplarville schools. Restricting use near school district campuses will prevent golf carts from interfering with school traffic.

There was also talk of trying to keep golf carts off Main Street during peak hours Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. The section of Main Street contemplated in this regard is from the intersection of West Larkin I Smith Drive and North Main Street to the intersection of West Church Street and South Main Street.

Golf cart operators may cross Main Street in these areas, but will not be permitted to drive on Main Street. Where there are multiple lanes, golf carts and low-speed vehicles should be driven in the rightmost lane.

Golf cart operators can receive a DUI citation or be arrested if the operator is determined to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Golf cat owners will need to register it with the city of Poplarville if they want to use it on city streets.

The Commission is still working out the registration fees and timeframes for having this vehicle inspected. Each vehicle must be equipped with lighting and/or reflective material on the right and left sides of the vehicle to increase its visibility at night.

“I think these are good amendments that you all have put forward,” Holcomb said.

The proposed orders are on file for public review ahead of a hearing within the next two weeks. If necessary, further changes will be made before or at the next board meeting on June 21 at 5:00 p.m.