golf cart sign

A sign shows a parking spot for golf carts and bikes in downtown Woodstock.

Woodstock leaders want to only allow their residents to drive golf carts on city streets and on public property within the city.

The Woodstock City Council gave unanimous preliminary approval for the move. They are scheduled to hold a final vote at their meeting April 12.

Based on council feedback, city staff recommended changes to the city’s ordinance, Dakota Carruthers, a planner for the city, told the council at a meeting last week. To drive personal transportation vehicles, or modified golf carts, people apply to the city for a decal.

“We’ve got it in place for a while now and issued several decals. We’ve got several golf carts out driving in the city, driving downtown, so we just wanted to reevaluate, make sure there was nothing that we needed to revise or resolve and if there was, we get that taken care of,” Carruthers said.

The updated ordinance specifies that only residents of the City of Woodstock are allowed to apply for registration to operate the vehicles on public property within the city. Carruthers said one reason for this proposed change was the city had some people who did not live in Woodstock coming in to register their vehicles, then bring a cart into downtown on a trailer and drive it around.

“That was a bit of a gray area. It wasn’t specifically addressed in our ordinance that we were limiting this to just residents,” Carruthers said.

Language restricting the use of the carts to areas where the speed limit is 25 mph or less was removed, as the city had essentially duplicated state law. City officials also updated the reference map for people who register the carts, which show which public streets they can be driven on.

Also at the meeting, the council approved:

An alcohol license request for the Woodstock Beer Market.

• The surplus and disposal of a 1996 Ford Ranger used by the parks and recreation department.

• An intergovernmental agreement with Cherokee County to have the county conduct city elections.

• A contract with Calco Engineering to construct roadway and pedestrian improvements along Arnold Mill Road.

• The second reading of amendments to the city code as they relate to car wash standards.

• The Woodstock City Council will meet 7 p.m. April 12 at the Chambers at City Center, 8534 Main St. in Woodstock.

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