Town of Havana council members met last week to address several budget and annual certification issues. Board members also held a required final reading of two ordinances.
Ordinance #358 allows the use of golf carts on city-owned streets within city limits. ‘The town council has determined that there is growing public interest in using golf carts to make short trips for shopping, social and recreational purposes,’ states the ordinance that also says golf carts are currently an accepted mode of limited destination travel under specified conditions.
Golf carts must not operate in excess of 20 m.p.h. They must be equipped with brakes, steering apparatus, safe tires, rearview mirror and reflectorized warning devices on the front and rear. They may operate on town streets except US 27, 5th Avenue East (CR 12) 9th Avenue East (CR 12-A) or 9th Avenue West (SR 12). Crossings of those streets will be designated by the Town of Havana.
Drivers may use the carts only between sunrise and sunset during daylight hours, and drivers must be at least 16 years old and hold a current state driver’s license. They must comply with all traffic laws and vehicle registrations, and assume all liability for operating the vehicle within town limits.
The ordinance passed unanimously at last week’s meeting and becomes effective immediately. Those wishing to take advantage of the new certification may register at the Havana Police Department. Havana will now be known as a Golf Cart Community.
The council also unanimously approved Ordinance #360 which restricts locations of licensed alcoholic beverage sellers within prescribed distances of city hall or another licensee selling alcohol and limits such sales to along commercial transportation corridors. Exceptions are made in the ordinance for restaurants and special events.
Alcohol sales are prohibited within 1,000 feet of an established church, school or publicly-owned playground and within 500 feet of City Hall. No alcohol sales will be allowed within 1,500 feet of another business already licensed as a package store.
Town Resolution 13-06 re-designating a state-defined Enterprise Zone and extending the expiration date to December 31, 2015 was given approval at the meeting. Town manager Howard McKinnon said the Enterprise Zone basically runs along US 27 from the south end of town up to and including Coastal Plywood.
“There are certain economic benefits for business developments and sales tax breaks from the state for job creation. The legislature is reviewing Enterprise Zones this year, and we need approval to extend our designation to December 31, 2015,” said McKinnon.
Council members gave approval for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday celebration and parade to be held on January 20, 2014. They also changed the date of the town’s December meeting to December 17th.