Montevallo ordinance could allow golf carts on streets

The Montevallo City Council is considering an ordinance allowing for the use of golf carts on public streets.

If approved, carts would be permitted on city thoroughfares except Alabama State Highways 119 and 25, said Mayor Ben McCrory.

However, carts may be driven on state highways at marked crossings. For example, “If you want to drive from the University of Montevallo to Orr Park, you can cross 119 to get there,” McCrory said.

“This is something we found out other cities are doing, and with the gasoline expense like it is, we’re excited about the possibility of being able to do it,” McCrory said.

A copy of the ordinance is available on the city’s Web site, cityofmontevallo.com. Under the ordinance, any person who operates a cart must be at least 16 or older, and take responsibility for all liabilities associated with the cart. In addition, all carts must have a valid permit sticker from the Montevallo Police Department, and drivers must complete a registration form. Permit stickers must be renewed annually at a fee of $20.

The ordinance also states carts may be driven only from dawn to dusk, unless the cart is equipped with manufactured headlights, turn signals and brake lights approved by the police department. All carts must be equipped with a rear-view mirror and at least two rear reflectors.

McCrory said Police Chief Steve Holt and the city’s Public Safety Committee are researching additional rules and regulations. Holt and the committee are expected to present their findings at the June 8 council meeting.

“There is a good chance we’ll pass it,” McCrory said. “We just need to get all the rules and regulations and get as much safety into the program as possible.”

The city is now seeking public comment on the ordinance. Residents are encouraged to mail comments to City Clerk Herman Lehman, 545 Main St., Montevallo, Ala. 35115.