PLATTSMOUTH – There may be some new types of vehicles coming down the road in Plattsmouth.
The City Council on Monday evening gave its official approval to allow UTV and golf carts usage on city streets under certain restrictions.
The vote, which was 7 to 1, came on the third and final reading of an ordinance that will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2019. The passage was similar to earlier votes on the matter.
According to the ordinance, UTV means any motorized off-highway vehicle that is 74 inches in width or less, not more than 180 inches, including the bumper, in length, has a dry weight of 2,000 pounds or less and travels on four or more non-highway tires.
Restrictions include the prohibitive use between sunset and sunrise, and can only travel on streets with a speed limit of 30 mph or less. The driver must be 18 years old or older, and the vehicle must be equipped with operable headlights and taillights, which must be on at all times and there must also be a bicycle safety flag attached to the rear.
The vehicle must be registered with the city and the owner must have proof of liability insurance. Other restrictions apply.
The use of golf carts is also prohibited between sunset and sunrise, and can only be driven at 20 mph or the posted speed limit, whichever is less.
The operator must also be 18 years old or older and have a bicycle safety flag attached to the rear. The vehicle must also be registered with the city and the owner must have proof of liability insurance. Other restrictions apply.
All council members were in favor, except Cheryl Grimshaw who has been in opposition from the start.
Safety concerns have been her issue.
“I almost think there’s going to be an accident,” Grimshaw said after the meeting. “There are things we haven’t looked at fully.”
This ordinance was crafted through the cooperative efforts of many city officials, including the city administrator, city attorney, as well as the police, said Capt. Ryan Crick.
“We worked with them on how it was worded,” he said. “We all worked together on drafting this.”