The Madison County Board of Supervisors are at a crossroads as to how to control the use of golf carts on county roads. After declaring to draft an ordinance modeled after the city of Madison’s, Madison County Supervisors are unsure whether to draft legislation to address underage golf carting.
Representative Jill Ford attended the meeting January 19 to discuss the model ordinance.
At the prior December meeting, the supervisors were unsure if an ordinance would be effective. Though they voted to create a model ordinance and discuss it at their next meanings they had concerns about the practical application of the ordinance. Their concerns stemmed from the Madison County Sheriff’s department’s claim that an ordinance cannot supersede state law.
If the state’s laws requirements for golf carts are different—less restrictive—than the ordinance passed, it will be difficult for communities to enforce rules for golf carts because the problems are still legal at the state level.
Ford brought a mockup bill that would deal with golf carts and presented it to the board. The mockup bill would allow Madison County to create an ordinance to govern golf cart usage on county roads in neighborhoods with speed limits of 20 m.p.h. or less. However, the supervisors were unsure of how the ordinance would determine which neighborhoods were included in it and which ones were not.
Mike Espy also explained that the bill was approved by the county’s insurance company.
Another concern was that the model ordinance would not be able to supersede the ordinance on golf carts in Madison the city.
Supervisor Paul Griffin claimed he was hesitant to act because his ward, has not had issues with golf carts.
Chief Deputy Jeremy Williams also presented convincing evidence that an ordinance may be unnecessary.
“Ordinance or no ordinance, it’s illegal for anyone to drive a golf cart on a street — adult or child.”
District two supervisor Trey Baxter, whose ward accounts for many of the affected subdivisions, said he wanted more time to look at the drafted legislature before there was a vote on the bill.
No action was taken by the county.