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home : local news : local news July 25, 2017

7/13/2017 10:42:00 AM
Council OKs belt ordinance for golf carts
Also: New $100 city permit fee approved for the vehicles.
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Golf-cart owners in Robinson will have to abide by some new rules approved by Robinson City Council Tuesday night.

Under new rules announced by Police Committee Chairman Gene Sinclair, seat-belt use is now mandatory.

"Each golf cart must be equipped with seat belts for all occupants, and all occupants must be wearing their seat belts at all times," Sinclair said.

Sinclair also asked for the council's permission to charge a $100 permit fee for carts. There is also a $25 fee for the Robinson Police Department to inspect a cart to see if it is up to code.

The permit fee is good for one year. Renewals are only $30 rather than $100.

Because of the timeliness of the ordinance, Sinclair had one final request for it.

"For those who have paid for the $100 registration between Jan. 1 of this year and the passing of this ordinance, they will not have to re-register their carts for two years until 2020," Sinclair said.

There are other changes, as well. For instance, permits are no longer transferable. Anyone who buys a used cart will have to buy a new permit.

Also, anyone who replaces a cart with a new one is required to have the new vehicle inspected and registered.

The council approved all the cart ordinances following Sinclair's motion.

In other business, the council accepted the resignation of one member from the Robinson Planning Commission and approved the appointment and re-appointment of four others.

After accepting Brent Battershell's resignation from the commission, aldermen agreed to Mayor Roger Pethtel's request to appoint Marathon employee Seth Teter in his place. L. Bruce Knight, John Arabatgis and Dan McDonald were re-appointed to the commission.

Another request was made regarding an Eagle Scout's quest to earn an award for service.

The council was informed that Anthony Connor is interested in painting permanent numbers on parking spaces for the Heath Harvest Festival and other festivals the city has in the next few months.

Pethtel was all for the idea but asked that Connor be accompanied by someone while working in order to prevent traffic accidents from occurring. The council approved the motion for Connor to paint 3-inch stenciled letters in those spaces.

Superintendent of Public Works Lawrence Quick also made a request on behalf of Habitat for Humanity.

"They would like for us to waive the street bond because they are going to be digging at 601 S. Jefferson," Quick said.

Quick's request for a free sewer tap for the organization was also approved. Habitat for Humanity has historically received free taps.

Repairs for the air conditioner in department's 2010 Dodge pickup were approved. Quick said the cost is well within range at $1,128.38.

Quick's request for a retrofit of the perform flow meter also was approved. The recalibration and installation of the new software will cost $3,000 and is a budgeted item.

Large equipment inspections are needed for two units, a backhoe and a loader. Quick asked the council's permission to send them Birkey's in Mattoon for cost of $2,548. Birkey's will change the fluids and make sure the equipment is working properly during the inspection. The council approved the motion.

Permission to seek bids for lights and fencing at the Washington Park tennis courts were approved. The parks department received permission to advertise for bids by 10 a.m. July 28.

In other business the council approved a change order of $128,950.26 to Ambraw Asphalt for street resurfacing.

Aldermen also accepted a $2,250 bid for the financing of a street sweeper from Casey State Bank.

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