Andrews council passes golf cart ordinance

The Andrews Town Council passed an ordinance legalizing the use of golf carts on town roadways, with some regulations, at its meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 7.

Ordinance 2009-11 allows citizens to operate golf carts on any town street not designated as a state highway (except to cross highways), areas where the speed limit is not greater than 30 mph and areas that were intended for motor vehicles.

Golf carts must be registered at the town marshal's office for $25, and will receive a registration certificate valid for one year. Andrews will also offer temporary permits for $5 for five days, and temporary permits at no charge for the annual street fair and similar events.

Operators must have a valid driver's license, must have financial responsibility for the cart and must not operate the golf cart one-half hour after sunset or one-half hour before sunrise unless the cart is equipped with headlights, taillights, turn signals and brake lights, all of which must be visible from at least 500 feet. In addition, a "Slow Moving Vehicle" reflective sign must be attached to the rear of the cart.

If the operator is under 18, no more than two other people under 18 can be in the cart; and the cart's maximum capacity cannot be exceeded regardless of the operator's age.

No one under the age of 2 can ride in golf carts and no golf cart can be used to tow anything.
Exceptions to the ordinance are at the town marshal's discretion. In addition, carts operated in parts of town where a festival is taking place are exempt from the ordinance.

The council passed Ordinance 2009-11 unanimously.
In other business, Councilman Ray Tackett reported that a concrete slab at the Andrews Park was to be removed, but workers encountered large footers set deep into the ground that have temporarily halted the project. Tackett says that work will resume once a solution has been found.

Trick-or-treat hours for Halloween were also set at Wednesday's meeting. Trick-or-treating will take place in Andrews from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31. The Andrews Lions Club will be at the Andrews Municipal Building to provide hot cider to resi-dents.