Jody Otto Tara Frieders Children in Golf Carts Side by Side

Jody Otto and Tara Frieders (right photo) spoke in favor of making Sandwich a "Golf Cart Community" at Monday's Sandwich City Council.  Otto lives at Lake Holiday and contended golf carts have not been a problem there. (Top left photo): Children in golf carts. (Bottom right photo):  Lake Holiday also allows side-by-sides on the subdivision. (Right photo for WSPY News by James Wyman; left photos provided)

Sandwich Alderman Brent Holcomb's idea of making the city a "Golf Cart Community" got the support of two citizens at Monday's regular city council meeting.

Tara Frieders of Sandwich and Jody Otto of Lake Holiday spoke to aldermen about the city allowing golf carts, side-by-sides on city streets.

The Lake Holiday subdivision, located south west of Sandwich in LaSalle County has such an ordinance in place.

Frieders said she has 543 signatures on a petition in favor of allowing the off-road vehicles.

Otto said he had spoken to Lake Holiday Public Safety Chief Matt Clifford about the vehicles.

Alderman Rich Robinson said that if the golf cart ordinance passes, he wants to see state tickets written and not tickets for violating a local ordinance.  Robinson added that if someone violates the ordinance, the ticket should go on the violator's driving record.

In other business, City Attorney Jessica Herrill told the aldermen that the city has completed the settlement with Old Second National Bank by purchasing the vacant lot at 3550 Drew Ave from the bank.

The City of Sandwich paid $42,500 plus closing costs for the lot, which Old Second claimed was flood prone. The case was in court for 2 1/2 years and cost the city over $50,000 in legal fees.

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