Grottoes approves UTV use

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GROTTOES — Council last week unanimously approved the second reading of an ordinance that will allow Utility Terrain Vehicles to be driven on town streets.

A UTV is a 2- to 6-person vehicle such as a John Deere Gator.

One will have to pay a $10 registration fee, pass an inspection, have a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance in order to legally drive a UTV on town streets, Town Manager Jeff Nicely said.

The council’s action follows a citizen’s request to include UTVs in the town’s golf cart ordinance. The town has allowed golf carts on its streets since Dec. 11, 2013.

The ordinance change gives the town’s police chief the authority to prohibit driving golf carts or UTVs during unsafe conditions, although UTVs can be used to plow a driveway, for example.

In other news, council approved $2,400 to purchase two defibrillators, one for Grand Caverns and one for Mountain View Park. If funds are available, town staff may also purchase one that would be placed at town hall, Nicely said. The defibrillators could be used by the public to revive someone whose heart has stopped.

Council also approved a $1 discount for daily passes at Grand Caverns Pool for town residents. The daily pass is $4 for non-residents. Town residents already receive discounts on annual passes, which are $100 for non-residents and $75 for residents. Annual passes for a family of four are $225 and $150, respectively.

Council candidates
As of Monday, Nicely said two candidates are circulating petitions to run for mayor: Councilwoman Emily Holloway and Carl Phillips.

Councilman John Funk has already submitted signatures for his open seat, and Councilman Mark Keeler is collecting signatures.

No one is currently collecting signatures to run for Holloway’s open council seat.

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