MIDDLETOWN - Golf carts will be able to drive off the greens and onto Middletown streets this summer after the Town Council agreed to allow the vehicles in town.
With a vote of four in favor and one abstaining, the Middletown Town Council approved adopting a similar golf cart ordinance to the one from Lapel, which council members have been reviewing for the past month.
Lapel's ordinance, which has been in place for five years, follows state guidelines regarding the safety requirements of golf carts and prohibits the use of carts on state highways and interstates.
Council President Betty Riley said she had looked at a few ordinances from other communities, but found Lapel's to be the most comprehensive.
Council member Norm Purdue made the motion to approve the creation of an ordinance, but added that he didn't think it necessary for the town to create a separate safety entity to enforce the golf cart ordinance. The police will take on that responsibility.
"I'll second it," said Bill Harrison, council member. "We can talk about it all we want, but if we're going to do it let's get it done."
The new ordinance will be presented for first reading at an upcoming meeting.