Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors

On Tuesday, the Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors reviewed crucial changes related to speed, fees and safety from a previous golf cart ordinance.

Nearly seven years after Cerro Gordo officials established regulations for the use of golf carts in unincorporated county areas, the ordinance is heading toward a change.

The county board of supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved, on first reading, Ordinance 55A, which would make changes to seating, fees and flag requirements. 

Where previous language stated that "no more than two persons shall ride in or on a golf cart while it is being operated on a county road," Cerro Gordo County Director of Administrative Services Tom Meyer suggested that the wording be adjusted to say that there could not be more than two people per seat in a golf cart. 

Meyer added that the permitting fee, due Jan. 1 of each year, would be raised from $10 to $25.

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As for a flag, one of the three pieces of required equipment spelled out in the 2012 amendment, drivers would now need to have a flag on a pole at least 6-feet tall. Golf carts would also still need a slow-moving vehicle sign and adequate brakes.

Meyer also confirmed that golf carts would be able to operate on any road in unincorporated areas that does not have a posted speed of 55 mph. Ordinance 55 initially said that "Golf carts shall not be operated on any county road which has a posted speed limit greater than 45 mph."

In addition to still needing a slow-moving sign and adequate brakes, Meyer said that approval would continue to go through the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff's office and applicants would need a valid driver's license and valid insurance.

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