VILLAGE OF HOMER

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, ILLINOIS

 

 

 

 

 

 

ORDINANCE NO. 080811

 

 

 

 

 

AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING

THE OPERATION OF GOLF CARTS AND

NEIGHBORHOOD VEHICLES

ON THE VILLAGE OF HOMER PUBLIC STREETS

 

 

 

 

 

Passed by the Board of Trustees and

Approved by the President

of

Village of Homer, Illinois

On August 8, 2011

 

 

 

 

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Published in pamphlet form by authority of the President and Board of Trustees of the Village of Homer, Champaign County, Illinois, this 9th day of
August, 2011.

 

 

 

VILLAGE OF HOMER

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, ILLINOIS

 

 

Ordinance No. 080811                                                                                August 8, 2011

 

 

AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING

THE OPERATION OF GOLF CARTS AND

NEIGHBORHOOD VEHICLES

ON THE VILLAGE OF HOMER PUBLIC STREETS

 

 

              WHEREAS, residents of the Village of Homer have requested that the Village permit the use of golf carts and neighborhood vehicles for travel on Village Streets; and

 

              WHEREAS, the Board of Trustees of the Village of Homer has considered the volume, speed and character of traffic on the Village streets, and has determined that the usage authorized by this ordinance will not jeopardize the public safety; and

 

              WHEREAS, Illinois law, 625 ILCS 5/11-1426.1 and 2,, authorizes Illinois municipalities to regulate and allow golf cart and neighborhood vehicles usage on municipal street under certain circumstances and conditions; and

 

              WHEREAS, it is the intent of this Ordinance to regulate the use of motorized golf carts within the corporate limits of the Village of Homer as authorized by state statute, 625 ILCS 5/11-1426.1 and 2.

 

              NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE PRESIDENT AND BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE VILLAGE OF HOMER, ILLINOIS AS FOLLOWS:

 

 

 

“Golf Cart” – means a vehicle specifically designed and intended for the purposes of transporting one or more persons and their golf clubs or maintenance equipment while engaged in the playing of golf, supervising the play of golf, or maintaining the condition of the grounds on a public or private golf course. 

 

“Neighborhood Vehicle” – Self-propelled, electronically powered fourth-wheeled motor vehicle (or a self-propelled, gasoline powered four-wheeled motor vehicle with an engine displacement under 1,200 cubic centimeters) which is capable of attaining in one mile a speed of more than 20 miles per hour, but not more than 25 miles per hour, and which conforms to federal regulations under Title 49 C.R.F. Part  571.500.

 

“Village Streets” – Any of the streets within the boundaries of the Village of Homer, Illinois, except for state and county roads.

 

 

 

 

This Ordinance is adopted in the interest of public safety.  Golf carts and neighborhood vehicles are not designed or manufactured to be used on public streets and roads, hereinafter “streets(s),” and the Village of Homer in no way advocates or endorses their operation on streets.  The Village, by regulating such operation is merely addressing safety issues.  This Ordinance is not to be relied upon as determination that operation on streets is safe or advisable even if done in accordance with this Ordinance.  All persons operating golf carts and neighborhood vehicles must be observant of, and attentive to the safety of themselves and others, including their passengers, other motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.  All persons who operate or ride golf carts and neighborhood vehicles on streets inside the Village of Homer do so at their own risk and peril.  The Village of Homer has no liability under any theory of liability for permitting golf carts to be operated on Village streets.

 

 

Golf carts and neighborhood vehicles may only be operated on streets within the Village of Homer in accordance with the following rules and regulations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

- State Route 49

- County Road 15

- Second Street from Church Street east to Village limits

- First Street from Josephine Street west to Village limits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                           

 

5.           ENFORCEMENT.

 

(1) Any violation of this Ordinance shall be punishable by a fine of not less then $150.00 nor more than $750.00 for each violation.

 

(2) A second violation of this Ordinance shall, in addition to being subject to time, be grounds for the revocation of the vehicle’s permit issued for a period up to one (1) year.

 

(3) Upon investigation by and the recommendation of the Village of Homer, the Village Board may suspend or revoke a permit granted hereunder upon a finding that there is evidence that the permittee cannot safely operate the motorized golf cart or neighborhood vehicles on the designated streets.

 

(4) The Board of Trustees of the Village of Homer reserves the right to amend or repeal this Ordinance at any time, and if such amendment or repeal affects the rights of permit holders, all permit holders will be notified thereof by the Village by certified mail.

 

(5) No person receiving a permit pursuant to the terms of this ordinance shall have any legal right to the continuation of said ordinance regardless of the cost of rendering a golf cart or neighborhood vehicle in compliance with this ordinance for the purpose of its operation in the Village of Homer pursuant to this ordinance.

 

(6) The Village of Homer shall not under any circumstances be liable for any expenses incurred by, an applicant or licensee for that applicant or licensees cost for the acquisition and/or modification of such golf cart or neighborhood vehicle to comply with the requirements of this ordinance.

 

6.           GENERAL

 

This Ordinance shall be published in pamphlet form and become effective upon its passage and publication as required by law.

 

 

                 PRESENTED, PASSED, APPROVED, AND ADOPTED by the President and Trustees of the Village of Homer, Illinois, at a duly conducted regular meeting thereof this 8th day of August, 2011.