The Sandwich City Council discussed a proposed golf cart ordinance at Monday's Committee of the Whole meeting, and aldermen voted five to two in a straw poll to move the discussion to the ordinance phase.
Third Ward alderman Brent Holcomb introduced the idea of allowing golf carts and side-by-sides on city streets at the last Committee of the Whole meeting on Oct. 4. Holcomb wants to make Sandwich a "golf cart community."
Voting "yes" on Monday to move the proposal forward to the ordinance phase were Bill Fritsch, Holcomb, Rebecca Johnson, Bill Littlebrant and Rick Whitecotton.
Voting "no" were Cara Killey and Fred Kreinbrink. Rich Robinson was absent.
Alderman Littlebrant worried about golf carts and side-by-sides crossing Rt. 34. Littlebrant had this exchange with alderman Holcomb.
Citizens who spoke to the council on Oct. 11, cited Lake Holiday as a example of a successful "golf cart community." However, Lake Holiday Chief of Security Matt Clifford said on Oct.12 that he didn't think golf carts or side-by-sides would work in Sandwich.
Sandwich Police Chief Jim Bianchi spoke about Lake Holiday and how it compares to Sandwich.
The examples of golf cart communities that Holcomb gave to the council were from Maple Park, Shabbona and Creston.
Alderman Fred Kreinbrink worried about the cost of registering the golf carts and side-by-sides.
Chief Clifford said there are approximately 400 golf carts registered at Lake Holiday.
The Sandwich City Council will continue ordinance discussions of making the town a "golf cart community" at future meetings.
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