Knox Council to Consider Various Ordinances Tonight

City_of_Knox_LogoThe Knox City Council could vote tonight to establish a golf cart ordinance for city residents. It mirrors the county’s policy for the operation of battery-operated vehicles on public roads. Headlights and taillights are required for nighttime operation, as are rearview mirrors and slow-moving vehicle signs on the back of golf carts. Knox City Police Chief Harold Smith says the city will honor the county’s permits. He adds operators will be given copies of the city ordinance when they register their golf carts.

Operation of golf carts on sidewalks and walking trails is not allowed. Neither is the operation of a golf cart on U.S. 35 or State Road 8.

All golf carts must carry liability insurance and be operated by a licensed driver unless the city council approves a waiver of that provision on a case-by-case basis. Operators seeking waivers must come before the council to request them.

The ordinance limits golf cart seating to the manufacturer’s capacity.

The council will also consider an ordinance to establish a local option income tax special distribution fund. It’s necessary to receipt one-time money from the state earmarked for road repairs.

A third ordinance on tonight’s agenda establishes internal controls for audits and financial matters.

The council will also discuss recycling container options offered by Waste Management. A recent survey of customers found a preference for a larger wheeled tote with service every other week rather than the open bins that are currently picked up weekly.

Tonight’s Knox City Council meeting starts at 7 p.m. at city hall.