HUBBARD — Because of continual complaints about golf carts, city council has taken the first step to prohibit such vehicles from being used on public thoroughfares.
Council gave the initial reading to banning golf carts on public roads, rights-of-way and sidewalks during the meeting on Monday.
Mayor Ben Kyle said it is a safety concern.
“People have seen young children on golf carts as they are being driven up and down the roads. There is concern for their safety being on the golf carts as they are being driven on streets with other traffic,” Kyle said.
The police department will handle any golf-cart issues, Kyle said, including giving out warnings. He said police officials are working on what violators will face.
Kyle said the carts are permitted only on private property, such as local golf courses.
In other business, Kyle said plans are to name the bridge on East Liberty Street (state Route 304) near the former Stiver Chevrolet as the “Purple Hearts Veterans Memorial Bridge.” Officials said an official dedication is being planned for sometime in 2022.
Kyle said this will be the second bridge in the city to be named to honor veterans and their service to the community.
Last May, the city, along with Trumbull County commissioners, renamed the newly replaced Myron Street Bridge as the Hubbard Veterans Bridge. A ceremony was held over Memorial Day weekend.
In other business, council:
• Announced the Hubbard holiday parade will be 5 p.m. Dec. 11 followed by a time for children to meet with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Santa house at Tylee Park. A Shop Small Business winter market also will be from 4 to 8 p.m.
• Heard from Kyle the firefighters and paramedics with the Eagle Joint Fire District are responding alongside Lane Life Trans to emergency situations in both the city and township. Officials said the two groups are working together to respond to calls;
• Will seek bids to repair and rehab of the water tank on Christian Avenue;
• Entered into an agreement with Trumbull County Combined Health District for five years as a continuation of the current contract for health-related services for the city;
• Will begin sidewalk improvements on Myron Street as part of a Ohio Department of Transportation bridge project.
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