Golf carts and intersection discussed at City Council

MO0ORE HAVEN — A discussion of a dangerous intersection and the use of golf carts in the city of Moore Haven by minors highlighted the Moore Haven City Council meeting held March 7.

A citizen complained about the red light at 10th Street and US 27 and numerous car crashes recently that included a fatality involving a man on a motorized wheel chair.

“I get calls all the time that it doesn’t stay green long enough,” Public Services Director Jerri Lynn Schlueter said. “We can get it to be a full time functioning light. Then you’ll have people complain that people stop when no one is crossing.”

Mayor Whidden said it took six years to get the red light installed. “It took them a long time to put in a red light on US 27 and 29 and it took fatalities, they count fatalities,” he said.

Mrs. Lucas said she felt it was important at least to call the Florida Department of Transportation and let them know about the issues, “We are here to take care of the city. If there is anything that we can at least try to do, we should do it,” she said.

Mr. Eighner ran down a list of city property with code enforcement issues. He visited Avenue C and D and wanted the city to try and work on these properties.

Mrs. Lucas said she doesn’t want to stop golf carts from using city streets but does get concerned about kids riding the golf cars.

“They are also going across the highway. We have got to get word out that you can’t let your children ride a golf cart. How many people are going to come up here and read an ordinance?”

Whidden said the Sheriff’s Office is more than happy to help enforce the law.

“They’re just not around town that much,” Lucas added. “They are not doing their job because kids do it all the time.”

In other actions

• The council agreed to spend $2,650 for a light tower from Herk rentals.
Councilman Jake Eighner said the city normally borrows light towers for events in the park. He said the item is budgeted. It costs $80 to rent a tower per day from Kelly Tractor in Clewiston.

“There isn’t one of these in the county. I feel like we could use it for more things, even traffic accidents if the sheriff needs it,” he noted.

Council member Pat Lucas said she felt it would be nice to have the equipment on hand, “If something happens and we need it, we take time to borrow or go find one. It’s better if we have one on hand.”

She called it a safety issue.

Mayor Brett Whidden said Christmas on the Caloosahatchee and the Food Truck Invasion are events that could use temporary lighting.

The City spent $13,860 to purchase 36 LED lights for lights the city maintains on US 27.

• Glades County Youth Athletics requested assistance in the purchase of a commercial fryer for the concession stands at the ball fields. The estimated cost is $1,600.

“We have had some nightmares with that organization (in the past). Some people just wouldn’t do right. The people involved now are good and I’m not afraid to support them,” Whidden added.

The council voted unanimously to purchase the fryer.

• Sewer work was ongoing on Fourth Street and Avenue R. A sewer line was cracked under State Route 78.

• The county had a few issues with the permit on the demolition of the Lundy Building but the project was still expected this month.

• Councilman Marcus Decker suggested the city increase the salary of two city employees who are contemplating taking a commercial driver’s license test.

• The city attorney continues to work on the deed for the Anne Tique building the city wants to own and tear down.

• A new security system was expected to be installed in the water plant by the middle of March.

• The Christian Motorcycle Association will hold a rally in the downtown park on Saturday, May 6.

• Some drainage work was done on Sixth Street during spring break at Moore Haven schools.

Special to Glades County Democrat

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