Lookout Mountain, Ga., To Ticket Anyone Illegally Driving A Golf Cart On City Streets

Friday, June 20, 2014 - by Matthew Smisson

Lookout Mountain, Ga., officials said they will begin ticketing anyone driving a golf cart or other low-speed vehicles illegally on city streets.

At a council meeting on Thursday night, Mayor Sandy Gothard and the council spoke to the issue.  Due to some recent instances the council has requested that the city’s police department ticket anyone operating one of these vehicles illegally.  The council stated that these types of vehicles and their operators must adhere to city ordinances and be operated by a licensed driver only.  Children are not allowed to operate these vehicles on city streets and parents will be cited.
The council reported that the new SPLOST funds will begin soon.  Don Oliver, county attorney for Walker County, was present and stated that there were some delays in getting the funds transferred due to state regulations.  The city has its account for SPLOST funds set up with all routing information provided to county officials.  The council approved the acceptance of these funds. 
The new joint website for Lookout Mountain, Ga., and Lookout Mountain, Tn., is now live.  The council approved an annual contribution of $4,000. The new website can be seen at www.livingonlookout.com.  It contains information about the community as well as event and social calendars.  The website is a great way to advertise community events as well as providing opportunities for new residents, officials said. 

City Manager, Brad Haven gave a report to the council of recent service calls with sewer systems at  homes in the community.  He also stated that the Georgia Environmental Protection Division has approved the city’s annual data reports and new area topography.  He is currently revising ordinances that deal with development procedures. 

Mayor Gothard stated that the city manager’s responsibilities will include quarterly budget reports to the council along with handling internal and external affairs.  The mayor stated that presently the city does not have a proper job description for the city manager so one will be drafted to better define the responsibilities.  The mayor will be looking at other municipalities' descriptions for guidance. 

Prior to the meeting the council held a public hearing to adopt the 2014-2015 budget.  Mayor Sandy Gothard explained a few changes within the budget to the council.  Copies of the budget are available by request at city hall. 

The next regular council meeting will be Thursday, July, 17, at 5:30 p.m.

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