The Senoia City Council lifted its moratorium on golf cart registrations and lowered the fees for violations of the city's golf cart ordinance at its Monday night meeting.
The moratorium on registrations was approved in January so the city's police department could review and update Senoia's ordinance on golf carts – technically known as "motorized carts" – as well as "low speed motor vehicles."
Senoia's motorized cart ordinance was first approved in 2007, and requires that carts used on city paths and streets be registered and meet minimum safety standards. For many years, registration was done at city hall. That responsibility was transferred to the Senoia Police Department in 2021.
As a result of the review, Police Chief Jason Edens said a "cheat sheet" for residents was written and will be given out to residents so that they are "crystal clear on the laws of the ordinance and enforced by the police department."
Additionally, the ordinance amendment changes the fees residents will pay for registration violations and operations violations.
First-time violations are reduced from $278 to $162. Second-time violations are reduced from $548 to $390. Third-time violations are reduced from $1,058 to $675.
Edens said registration fees did not change.
It is $45, plus a $15 administration fee, to register a golf cart in the city of Senoia. Registration is valid for three years.
The council also:
- Approved Ted Meeker as Senoia's new City Attorney.
- Appointed Carlotta Ungaro to the Development Authority.
- Announced that letter of intent to join the city's Building and Construction Authority will be accepted. The new authority will oversee new municipal complexes or buildings for the purposes of local government. Mayor Dub Pearman and one member of the council will sit on the committee. Letters of intent or interest can be sent to Pearman at email@example.com .
- Discussed changes to the city's website.
- Discussed regulations for reviving the city's Tree Commission. The commission will potentially have a maximum of six volunteers appointed by the council, with one from the planning and zoning committee. Three original volunteers for the commission would serve three-year terms and three would serve two-year terms.