Golf carts authorized on Corbin streets

By Dean Manning

The Corbin City Commission made it official Friday, approving the second reading of an ordinance authorizing the use of golf carts on some city streets.

The ordinance contains multiple restrictions on when, where, how and by whom the golf carts may be operated.

The golf carts must have a rear view mirror and lights.

They may only be driven on city maintained streets where the speed limit is 35 mph or less and they may only cross streets where the speed limit is 35 mph is less.

“That is a state law, said Corbin City Manager Marlon Sams said when asked for the reason for the limits on what streets may be crossed.

Under the wording of the ordinance, the golf carts may cross Main Street, Kentucky Ave. and portions of Falls Hwy, but they cannot be driven on any of those streets as they are part of U.S. 25W, which is maintained by the state.

The golf carts cannot be on the street after sunset and can only be driven by a licensed driver.

Golf carts must be inspected by the sheriff’s office and must have an inspection sticker along with a city permit sticker. The inspection is $5 if the golf cart is taken to the sheriff’s office in Williamsburg, or $10 if the inspector comes to you.

The city sticker is $25 per year.

Violations of the ordinance may result in a fine of $100 to $250 for the first offense and $250 to $500 for subsequent offenses.

Sams said the ordinance was developed following several requests from city residents.

In other business on the agenda the commissioners:

• Approved a motion to promote Tom Weber from part time to full time status in the maintenance department.