The El Dorado City Commission discussed allowing golf carts, utility vehicles and micro utility trucks on city streets during their meeting Monday evening.
The request had come from the Prairie Trails Advisory Committee, which wanted to allow golf carts to be driven to the golf course.
Jared Cobb, assistant finance director, brought back more information for the commission.
He had talked to other communities with similar ordinances, although all of those in Kansas were much smaller.
“The benefits we found was it would allow large organizations such as the community college, school district and city to utilize these vehicles on city streets to carry out their daily tasks,” he said.
It offered a lower cost alternative form of transportation and in a lot of communities, he found those who are disabled or senior citizens preferred such transportation over other motorized devices.
There is some increased burden on the police department with this.
They would be restricted by daylight hours for golf carts and daylight hours for utility vehicles and micro trucks unless they had the same lights as required of motorcycles. A person would need a drivers license, insurance and pay a $25 registration fee.
The proposed regulations limited use on those streets that are 30 miles per hour or less, specifically listing some on which such travel would not be allowed.
“A lot of streets are listed over 30 miles per hour and I think if we shut those down you are really going to close off a lot of people,” Commissioner Bill Young said.
Among the streets of concern was McCollum and Country Club, two streets needed for people to get to the golf course, which was the original reason this was brought to the commission.
“My concern was when we have 30 miles per hour, then anybody who lives basically west of the golf course would have trouble getting there because you have to get onto Country Club to get into the golf course,” Mayor Tom McKibban said.
They also were concerned it would limit travel in several other neighborhoods.
The commission discussed if they could change it to say no street over 35 miles per hour and list those they didn’t want to allow them on such as Sixth, Haverhill, the Southwest Trafficway, and Main and Central, which are not allowed because they are state highways. But Jim Murfin, city attorney, said they could not be driven on any street with a speed limit greater than 30 by state statute.
“It is a dead issue unless we look at how fast we allow driving in residential neighborhoods,” McKibban said.
Page 2 of 2 - Llewellyn said he has heard from people who live on Country Club that they think people drive too fast on that street.
“I am concerned with taking those two streets and doing something for a select portion of the community,” McKibban said. “I don’t believe in making rules for select groups. I don’t see any reason to adopt an ordinance if we have rules that prohibit it.”
Herb Llewellyn, city manager, said city staff could go back and ask the other cities how they are doing it.
McKibban also asked to see a list of streets that are 35 miles an hour and possible ways to address that if they passed this ordinance.
Information will be brought back to a later commission meeting.