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Published February 7, 2024

City may allow golf carts, UTVs on streets

OSAGE BEACH – The Board of Aldermen has approved the first reading of an ordinance allowing golf carts and UTVs on city streets.

The subject was discussed at the January 4 Board of Aldermen meeting.

The change to the city ordinance would allow Recreational Off-Highway and Utility Vehicles to be operated on roadways within the city with a posted speed limit of 45 mph or less.

Golf Carts would still be limited to roadways with a speed limit of 30 mph or less.

Golf Carts, Recreational Off-Highway and Utility vehicles will all be prohibited from Highway 54.

Seatbelts will be required for Recreational Off-Highway and Utility Vehicles.

One of the topics discussed was age limit for those driving such vehicles. The city attorney reminded the board that the city requires a driver’s license to operate anything with a motor on it – even a motorized skateboard.

So anyone driving a golf cart or UTV – anything with a motor – would have to be at least 16-years-old and have a valid driver’s license.

If the vehicle has headlights and tail lights it can be driven at night. If it doesn’t then it has to operate only in the daytime.

Those that do not have headlights or tail lights can operate in the daytime but hand signals must be used to indicate turning or stopping.

The actual wording of the ordinance requirements is below.

Recreation Off-Highway Vehicles operated on City streets shall conform to the following safety standards:
   a. Headlamps when operating between sunset and sunrise.
   b. Taillamps when operating between sunset and sunrise.
   c. Reflex reflectors: one red on each side as far to the rear as practicable, and one red on the rear.
   d. An exterior mirror mounted on the driver’s side of the vehicle or an interior mirror.
   e. Seat belts for all occupants.
   f. A parking brake.
   g. A horn or alert sound mechanism.
   h. A bicycle safety flag, which extends not less than seven feet above the ground, attached to the rear of the vehicle. The bicycle safety flag shall be triangular in shape with an area of not less than thirty square inches and shall be dayglow in color.

Utility Vehicles
Utility vehicles operated on City streets shall conform to the following safety standards:
   a. Headlamps when operating between sunset and sunrise.
   b. Taillamps when operating between sunset and sunrise.
   c. Reflex reflectors: one red on each side as far to the rear as practicable, and one (1)
red on the rear.
   d. An exterior mirror mounted on the driver’s side of the vehicle or an interior mirror.
   e. Seatbelts for all occupants.
   f. A parking brake.
   g. A horn or alert sound mechanism.
   h. A bicycle safety flag, which extends not less than seven feet above the ground, attached to the rear of the vehicle. The bicycle safety flag shall be triangular in shape with an area of not less than thirty square inches and shall be dayglow in color.

As stated above, these vehicles cannot be driven on any street with a speed limit of more than 45 miles per hour and golf carts are limited to streets with a speed limit of no more than 30 miles per hour.

The second reading of the bill is expected at the next Board of Aldermen meeting.

In other business at last week’s Board of Aldermen meeting:

“This is a five year agreement with Omnigo Software, LLC for RMS (Record Management System) and CAD (Computer Aided Dispatching) services for the Police Department,” Police Chief Todd Davis told the board in his report. “Omnigo is the Police Department’s current provider for these services, and we currently pay on a year-to-year basis. With paying on a year-to-year basis we see an annual cost increase of 10%. If we enter into this agreement with Omnigo, we will see an immediate savings of $6,056.52 from what we paid in 2023.”

Airport Manager Ty Dinsdale requested this pre-approval for the negotiation and purchase of a replacement Avgas fuel truck.

Due to the specialized market for aviation fuel trucks, a majority of companies require a down payment before purchase.

“We are asking for approval now, so we are in a position to act fast when a truck meeting our requirements is available,” Dinsdale said.

The $115,000 was included in the 2024 budget.

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