EARLVILLE — Aldermen will begin studying the feasibility of allowing golf carts and certain all-terrain vehicles on city streets after a discussion during the Earlville City Council’s police committee meeting Wednesday night in Earlville.
“(Residents are) talking about possibly having a local license for like quads and golf carts but they have to be street-legal,” said alderman Larry Burd. “They have to have a driver’s license, they have to be inspected, they have to have brake lights, turn signals, seat belts.”
Neighboring Leland also is considering allowing the vehicles to use city streets and Mayor Mike Hall suggested aldermen research the proposal before deciding whether they would bring it before the full council.
Hall said any street-legal golf carts would not be permitted at Earlville Golf Club due to course rules. The vehicles also would not be permitted on state highways, which includes U.S. 34 on the south side of the city.
Hall reminded aldermen and city officials that all seats will be up for election in the consolidated April 2013 election due to resignations and appointments over the past two years.
The mayor, elected clerk John Stevens and appointed treasurer Dave Waldron will have to decide if they will seek the four-year terms. Aldermen with expiring terms include Larry Burd in Ward 1, Steve Osborne in Ward 2 and Brock Harp in Ward 3.
Appointed aldermen who serve until the April election are Max Ambler in Ward 2, Rose Stockley in Ward 3 and an as-yet appointed alderman in Ward 1. Hall anticipates appointing someone to that seat during the regular council meeting next week.
Petitions for the consolidated elections are available beginning Sept. 25, Hall said. None of the officials present at the committee meeting have declared if they would seek another term.
Before the April 2013 election, residents will have a different decision to make on the November ballot, Hall said. The city will include a letter regarding the proposed electrical aggregation question that would offer residents a lower electric rate if approved. The city also plans to host two public information meetings prior to the November election.
Aldermen were asked to consider a donation to the city’s 150th Anniversary celebration. Hall and finance committee chairman Brock Harp both agreed the city could make a donation which would be separate from the loan the city already gave the committee.
Harp was not ready to commit to a specific dollar amount. He will look into previous donations made to nonprofit organizations before discussing it again in October.
During the public health and safety meeting, Burd asked aldermen to remind residents of a leaf burning ban on Halloween. Leaves may not be falling yet, but Burd said residents are not allowed to burn leaves on the street. Both activities are violations of city ordinances.
Hall then noted high school students will be trick-or-treating for Sharing Hearts, a local organization that supports Mendota Area Christian Food Pantry. The students will collect canned goods and monetary donations for the pantry. Earlville police officers will assist the students by shuttling collections to a local church that night.
The full city council will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 12.
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