HIGH SPRINGS ‒ Golf carts will soon be a familiar sight in High Springs as the City Commission on May 25 authorized the operation of golf carts on streets owned by the City. Designated streets that golf carts can operate on include all city streets with a posted speed limit of 30 miles per hour or less. Golf carts are not authorized on Northwest 174th Avenue, U.S. Highway 441, US Highway 27, US Highway 27 Alt, Northwest 186th Avenue, Northwest 182nd Street, Northwest 190th Avenue and Northwest 202nd Street.

Regulations on Ordinance 2023-03, which governs the use of golf carts in High Springs, specify that golf cart operators must be 15 years of age or older. Golf carts may not exceed a speed of 20 miles per hour and must be equipped with efficient brakes, reliable steering apparatus, safe tires, a rearview mirror and red reflector warning devices in both the front and rear. Golf carts operated between sunset and sunrise must be equipped with headlights, brake lights, turn signals and a windshield.

In other business, the Commission awarded a bid to Florida Homes for $375,745 in renovations at Catherine Taylor Park, 18100 Southeast Douglas Street. The park’s old daycare building is planned to be used as a Community Center in the future.

The interior work to be performed includes the removal of equipment, fixtures and lead paint. Items to be replaced include the kitchen, restrooms, mechanical room, air conditioning unit and duct work, ceiling and flooring, lighting and paint. Exterior work to be performed includes a new roof, windows, doors, lights, sidewalk and paint job.

Breanna Rolling, owner of Tight Seal, submitted a request for review of a minor site plan for construction of a pole barn to be located at 17414 N.W. U.S. Highway 441. The project, which received approval, is on 0.89 +/- acres. The 30-ft. x 30-ft. pole barn will be located behind their existing building. According to the submitted plan, the pole barn will not be visible from the road and meets the needed separation between the main building, as well as the setbacks from the parcel line.

The applicant plans to remove an accessory structure already on site in order to be compliant with the limit on accessory structures.

The Commission also surplused a lawn mower and four passenger vans that the City no longer needs. All of these items were purchased using Wild Spaces Public Places funds. They were all declared surplus so they can be sold by competitive bid on Govdeals.com. Revenue from the sale of these items will be returned to the Wild Spaces Public Places Fund for other uses.

The Commission voted to surplus a 2018 Toro Groundsmaster mower as well as four passenger vans, a 2000 GMC, 2007 Chevy, 2004 Ford and 2000 Ford. The vans were part of the Canoe Outpost purchase, but are not useable due to age and condition.

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