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Hallsville aldermen discuss changes to ATV/UTV ordinance

Posted on Friday, May 22, 2020 at 6:20 am

Members of Hallsville’s Board of Aldermen recently discussed proposed updates in their city’s ordinance regulating the use of all-terrain, utility, golf cart and recreation vehicles on city streets and property.


Some of the suggestions, taken from the draft minutes of the aldermen’s May 11 minutes are: “properly adjusted and fastened safety belt provided the golf cart is equipped with such” should be required not equipped with such. All-terrain defined as a four-wheeler which the City will not be permitting.

According to the minutes, Hallsville Mayor Logan Carter said, “The end goal was to not allow All-Terrain vehicles on roadways except for agriculture purposes, requiring safety belts on utility vehicles and golf carts, and changing the permitting fee to $15 yearly with an inspection by the chief of police.”

They took at least one vote during the meeting could be helping some Hallsville pocketbooks. The aldermen voted unanimously to extend the suspension of the $35 nonpayment of utilities penalty though May 31.

They also agreed to continue the sales-tax holiday for school supplies. Carter said the decision would “assist families with back to school expenses.”

In other business, the aldermen also heard from Bryan Schultz, chief of the Hallsville Police Department.

Schultz said during April there were 238 total calls and activities. The department issued 13 summons and worked one accident. Schultz said they also responded to a burglary in progress and a domestic disturbance and felony stealing and harassment.

On the financial side of things, City Administrator Ridgway-Sample her April administrative report. April sales tax collected was $7,703.68. Compared to April of 2019, which was $7,237.61, it was $466.07 higher. Capital Improvement sales tax collected was $3,822.31 and Park/Storm water sales tax collected was $955.38.

She also sis she had received a request for installing speed bumps on Ruth Ann Avenue.

Carter said the issue had been reviewed and one concern was drilling into concrete streets to install them would cause damage through the freezing and expansion of moisture.

Public Works Superintendent Dan McCaleb said the city could install asphalt speed bumps, which if needed to be removed, would not cause much damage to the street. Carter asked McCaleb to prepare a coast estimate for asphalt speed bumps. The aldermen unanimously approved a motion to issue a request for qualifications for street repairs on Mason Court and the installation of speed bumps.

That led to Carter and Schultz discussing speeders.

Schultz said his department has recently received more complaints on speeders in the Douglas Pointe area and are starting a citation campaign.

For the complete article, see next week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.