Walnut City Council considers golf cart ordinance


August 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The City Council in Walnut met during a regular session Thursday evening. During the session, they discussed, but took no action the adoption of an Ordinance controlling the use of golf carts on City streets. City Clerk Terry Abel says authorities inPottawattamieCountyhave been stopping people who were driving golf carts on the streets. She said there’s a “glitch” in the law that requires communities to have an ordinance that allows the machines to operate on the streets. The Council is considering the adoption of a law that would allow that to happen.

Abel said the Walnut City Council also heard from representatives with the volunteer fire department, with regard to the Walnut Fireman’s Funfest, which runs today (Friday), Saturday and Sunday. The event kick’s off tonight at 7, with an Alumni versus High School slow pitch game, and a free ice cream social by the Walnut Youth Advisory Board. She says there’s a barbeque Saturday night for your free-will donation, a parade Saturday afternoon at 4:30, and kid’s games in the park all day, Saturday, from 11am-3-pm. Saturday’s activities also include a Coed slow pitch softball tournament at 9-a.m., a watermelon feed from 1-3pm, and the Annual Fireman’s Dinner at the Legion Hall, following the parade. Terry says the “Antique City Car Show” will also be held this weekend, as part of the “Funfest, on Sunday.

The Walnut City Council Thursday also discussed a possible Downtown Beautification Project, which Abel says includes a Streetscape, and restoration of business facades. The City has, over the years made other, various improvements, including trees along the sidewalks and old fashioned street lights. Able says the latest discussion seeks to further along those types of improvements.

And, the Council discussed consulting with the City Attorney about residents who have gone beyond the Ordinance stipulations, where Time limitations on building projects are concerned. She said there are projects that were started but never finished, or are still in progress. Discussion with the City Attorney may result in those property owners being prodded to get their projects done in a timely fashion.