Utility-terrain vehicles may be allowed on town streets

The Valley Banner

GROTTOES – Utility-terrain vehicles could soon be allowed on the streets of Grottoes.

On Monday, Feb. 8, the Grottoes Town Council voted to proceed with amending the town’s golf cart ordinance to include UTVs. The action follows a citizen’s request.

The town has allowed golf carts on its streets since Dec. 11, 2013.

The planning commission recently recommended adding UTVs.

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

One would 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.

Council still needs to approve a first and second reading of changes to the golf cart ordinance, he said.

Those will likely come during council meetings in March and April.

Rezoning for ‘old silk mill’
Council voted to hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. on March 15, to rezone 2 acres on the back portion of the 2.6-acre property at 8th Street and Dogwood Avenue from B1 to R3.

The action follows a request by members of the Thomas Mauzy Sr. estate, Nicely said. The family is trying to the sell the property, including the “old silk mill” building.

“The family has seen no interest in many years from anyone wanting to purchase the property and remodel the (brick) building,” Nicely said in the staff report.

The planning commission recommended that the building be removed when any portion of the property is sold.

The portion of the property that fronts Dogwood Avenue would remain commercially zoned. The property in question runs from Dogwood to Cherry avenues and from 8th to 9th streets.

New swim team
In other news, council voted to allow a local swim team to use the Grand Caverns pool. The group has previously been a part of the Waynesboro YMCA team. The new team would use the Grand Caverns pool for practice and compete at other locations.

For more information about the swim team, contact Ada Hale at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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