Golf carts heading to Galva streets

Carol Townsend

Galva streets will soon get a new look and residents will be able to take rides around town in their “neighborhood vehicle.”

The Galva City Council passed an ordinance July 28 which will allow residents to drive electric golf carts in town, as long as they pass a test from the Galva Police and get a $75 license annually. The license only allows driving in the city of Galva.

The driver must have a valid drivers license and liability insurance.

The vehicles will flow the same way as regular traffic and will follow all traffic rules, or be ticketed.

It was reported Monday night that these vehicles can be inexpensive to operate -? about one cent a mile. They run 20 to 37 hours before needing to be plugged in for re-charging.

In other business:

?The council rejected eight bids for dirt work at Courtyard Estates Subdivision. The bids came in $140,000 more than estimated for the 10-lot subdivision, which is immediately northeast of Galva Courtyard Estates residential center at the far north end of Northwest Third Avenue.

The city now plans to re-bid the work, and have city employees do some of the work.

?The council approved amending the liquor ordinance to allow a liquor license on Wallace Avenue for the new American Legion building.

?The council approved any real estate person who sells one of the lots in Court Yard Estates or the Northpoint subdivision will receive $1,000 per lot.

?Residents who own a cat, dog or both are required to buy a $2 tag annually. If the cat goes outside at all, a rabies tag is needed; all dogs are required by law to have a current rabies tag.

?By a 3-2 vote, the council passed an ordinance that more strongly addresses vicious dogs. Randy “Pup” Dennison and Norm Boston cast the no votes. Bev Everett, Doug Anderson and Mayor Tom Hartman voted in favor.

Both Dennison and Boston said after the meeting they felt the ordinance was too “confusing.”

?In a public hearing on possibly extending Galva’s TIF 2 district, the only spokesperson was Tina Hutchison, who lives on Northeast Third Street.

Hutchison said that she was disappointed that some things that she had been told were not true. She said that only one grain train was supposed to come in per month, but said now there are three per week.

She also had questions about the berm which is to help east-side residents not have to see the new ethanol plant.

Hartman said he would try to get some answers and get back to her.

?Hartman asked residents to not put any trash on the curb until Sunday, regardless whether they live on the north or south side of town.

?Residents with swimming pools at least 36 inches tall must have a 6-foot high fence.

?Resident Bob Leemans was present to discuss the city’s past agreements with homeowners along the north end of Northwest Fifth Avenue. The agreements were made when that portion of the street was annexed into the city a few years ago.

Leemans said the city had offered to pay part of the Galva portion of homeowners’ property taxes for three years when they annexed and the sewer was completed. The sewer was completed in July 2007, which was later than expected, Leemans said.

He said he wants to be sure that the paperwork is changed so that the city pays 100 percent of 2007 taxes, 60 percent of 2008 taxes, 40 percent of 2009 taxes and 20 percent of 2010 taxes.

The council agreed that whatever was agreed upon will be honored.