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Council halts golf carts

The Stanly News & Press, Albemarle, N.C. — Shannon Beamon The Stanly News & Press, Albemarle, N.C.

Nov. 09--Anyone polishing up a golf cart for a ride around Albemarle will have to put those plans back in the garage.

At its meeting Monday night, the Albemarle City Council turned down an ordinance intended to allow the use of golf carts on city streets.

This was a major shift from the previous month, when a motion to draft such an ordinance was approved by the council 4-3.

However, when the draft was presented to council for final approval Monday, two council members changed their positions on it, thus turning the tide on the alternative vehicles.

"I have been underwhelmed by the response to this," said Councilman Chris Whitley, one of those who changed his vote.

He and several other council members had only a handful of residents speak to them directly on the issue. And most of those were increasingly against it, Whitley added of his experience.

"While I don't see a problem with them, it doesn't matter what I think... I have to have something to base my decision on other than my personal opinion," Whitley said.

Martha Sue Hall, who originally proposed the ordinance and was one of its most vocal supporters, also changed her position and voted against it for reasons very similar to Whitley's.

"I, too, in all my years... tried to listen to my constituents," Hall said, noting that she originally proposed the golf cart ordinance at the urging of someone in her district.

However, while she originally had several constituents speak in favor of the ordinance, none came forward to support the ordinance publically.

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