Golf Cart and ATV Ordinances Up for Final Public Reading

DelawarePut-in-Bay Village Council will conduct final readings of ordinances 1181-18 and 1182-18 on Wednesday, 11 April 2018, at a 9am meeting.

Ordinance 1181-18 pertains to “under-speed/low-speed vehicles, according to Kelly Niese, Village of Put-in-Bay Fiscal Officer/Clerk.  Ms. Niese explained, “The State of Ohio passed a new law which now recognizes ‘golf carts’ may be considered a slow or under-speed vehicle and those will be required to have an inspection.  Because the State of Ohio passed a new law, the Village needs to adopt it as well.”

Ordinance 1182-18 concerns snowmobiles, ATV’s, and off-road motorcycles.

 

The public can still voice concerns at the Council workshop meeting on Wednesday, April 4th at 9:00am.

ORD 1181-18 NEW – Under-Speed Vehicles (with low-speed) CLEAN 1-23 (02516040x9EF3B)

1182-18 ORD amend Ch 476 Snowmobiles Off-Highway Motorcycles


Village and Township Move Toward Alcohol Restrictions

Put in Bay alcoholPut-in-Bay, Ohio–Village and Township are considering new ordinances placing limits on alcohol consumption, according to sources involved in winter meetings with Village and Township representatives and a political action group called Citizens Against Substance Abuse (CASA).  Citing scientific reviews which have concluded that “restricting the hours when alcohol may be sold is an effective strategy for reducing excessive alcohol consumption and related harms,” the public study group has presented a plan of action for the Village and Township governing bodies. Specific types of alcohol-related harms mentioned were “alcohol-related diseases (e.g., liver cirrhosis), alcohol-impaired driving, alcohol-related crashes, unintentional or intentional injuries, and violent crime.”  According to CASA spokesperson, there was sufficient evidence in ten qualifying studies to conclude “extended hours of alcohol sales increased alcohol-related harms.”

Actual ordinance and resolution content has not been finalized; however, committee considerations based on studies of outlet density, which is high at Put-in-Bay, suggest alcohol consumption and related harms can be controlled via halting alcohol sales at midnight, limiting individual alcohol purchases, and increasing taxes on alcoholic beverages.

Local business owners with establishments selling alcohol have refused to comment for the record, but the general consensus is that pre-emption laws at higher levels of government (a state law that takes precedence over and allows what a local law is trying to restrict) and opposition by groups whose commercial interests may be affected will loom large in the forthcoming process.

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Note: Government action described above exists in a parallel universe known as April Fool’s!

Alcohol Awareness

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Joking aside, alcoholism remains a massive social problem and should be recognized as a serious threat to community well-being.  The Center for Disease Control reports “excessive alcohol use is responsible for approximately 88,000 deaths in the United States each year and $249 billion in economic costs in 2010.  Excessive alcohol use includes

  • Binge drinking (defined as consuming 4 or more alcoholic beverages per occasion for women or 5 or more drinks per occasion for men).
  • Heavy drinking (defined as consuming 8 or more alcoholic beverages per week for women or 15 or more alcoholic beverages per week for men).
  • Any drinking by pregnant women or those younger than age 21.

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Put-in-Bay Village New Ordinances Up for Final Public Reading

Golf Carts on Miller Boat LinePut-in-Bay Village Council will conduct final readings of ordinances 1181-18 and 1182-18 on Wednesday, 11 April 2018, at a 9am meeting.

Ordinance 1181-18 pertains to “under-speed/low-speed vehicles, according to Kelly Niese, Village of Put-in-Bay Fiscal Officer/Clerk.  Ms. Niese explained, “The State of Ohio passed a new law which now recognizes ‘golf carts’ may be considered a slow or under-speed vehicle and those will be required to have an inspection.  Because the State of Ohio passed a new law, the Village needs to adopt it as well.”  It should be noted, the Village has had an ordinance in place for years requiring “golf-cart” inspections.

Ordinance 1182-18 concerns snowmobiles, ATV’s, and off-road motorcycles.  “These two issues have been very confusing to many people.  The ordinances are just slightly different, but are equally important,” said Ms. Niese.

The following clarification of ordinance 1182-18 was included in Put-in-Bay Daily’s conversation with the Fiscal Officer:

ATV Put in Bay“When you review ordinance 1182-18, please keep in mind that all types of ATVs were never allowed on the roadways like a regular motor vehicle. The Village always looked the other way with use of these all-terrain vehicles in the past.  The Village and the Township worked together by hiring lobbyists to fight for the right to uses these here, on the Lake Erie Islands, mainly for ice-fishing economy during the winter months.  The bill passed this past summer allows ATV’s from November 1 – April 30 each year for limited access on the island roadways.  This was a big win for us all.  So, in accordance with the Ohio Revised Code, the Village has to adopt it into law and amend our current legislation regarding the use of snowmobiles, off-highway motorcycles, ATVs, and the like.  ATVs were never allowed to be on the island roads, the Village only permitted safe crossing of road to get from one property to another, or along the side of a roadway.  For the State to recognize and permit these vehicles during the winter months is a great victory.  We have to remember State Highway 357 runs a long route on our island–through the Bayview downtown area out to East Point.  Those using ATV’s were subject to State Highway Patrol rules (and they still will be during summer months).”

The public can still voice concerns at the Council workshop meeting on Wednesday, April 4th at 9:00am.

ORD 1181-18 NEW – Under-Speed Vehicles (with low-speed) CLEAN 1-23 (02516040x9EF3B)

1182-18 ORD amend Ch 476 Snowmobiles Off-Highway Motorcycles

Codified Ordinances of Put-in-Bay are made available on the Web by the American Legal Publishing Corporation; however, they are updated only to 12 October 2015.


Slip, Slide, and Away at Put-in-Bay

Put in Bay Nor'EasterPut-in-Bay has received the brunt of a winter storm with flooding caused by an accumulated 1.5″ of rain today and strong NNW winds.  At roughly 4:30pm, sleet and rain mixed with an already sloppy mess around South Bass Island.  It was definitely a “hunker down” day, as Captain Billy Market warned!  The following images reveal the sights from a road-trip from the middle of the island, along the West Shore, and around the harbor to Perry’s Monument. Click an image for the enlarged view.

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