LEESBURG – A golf cart ordinance will soon be in place for the town of Leesburg.

The town board on Monday reviewed an ordinance drafted by town attorney Vern Landis and suggested a few tweaks before they would pass it. Indiana law does not permit golf carts on city streets, but towns may pass an ordinance permitting golf carts and guidelines for their use.

Board member Doug Jones said there have been several complaints of underage drivers using golf carts on town streets, though over the past month he said the only violators were the same two people. He later mentioned seeing a person well below the age of 16 driving a golf cart while texting.

Having an ordinance requiring all golf cart drivers to have a driver’s license would solve the underage issue, but Board President Christina Archer was concerned for older people who use the carts because of physical limitations but might not have a driver’s license.

Jones and Archer agreed the ordinance could stipulate driving a golf cart was permissible for anyone over the age of 16.

Street superintendent Craig Charlton also felt the ordinance needed to clarify who would be cited in the case of underage drivers, saying, “We have to be careful.”

Jones said when underage drivers are spotted, they will be asked their address and then the town will deal with their parents.

The ordinance will be revised to reflect these changes and the board will approve it next month.

In other business:

• The board adopted the 2020 budget of $273,269, with a tax rate of .6263 per $100 of assessed valuation. The budget includes $135,115 in the general fund, $8,000 for the local road and street fund, $122,396 for the motor vehicle highway fund, $3,000 for cumulative capital improvements and $4,758 for the rainy day fund.

The board voted not to hire KEDCo to work with the town on economic development. “I really don’t feel the necessity,” said Archer. “… The Kosciusko County Community Foundation can do as much or more for us without charging anything.”

Charlton said four warning tags were placed on vehicles for parking on town streets between 3 and 5 a.m. Warning signs noting the hours parking is prohibited are posted throughout town.

Jones said he wanted to mention the passing of former Kosciusko County Sheriff Al Rovenstine. “He was an outstanding man, a very honorable man,” he said.

Trick or treat hours are from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31.

The annual candelaria will be Dec. 7.

The next meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 11 in the board room.