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New state law will allow 16-year-olds to drive golf carts with only Indiana ID

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Under current ordinance, persons in the Town of Chesterton are permitted to operate golf carts on public roadways, if they are at least 16 and possess a valid State of Indiana driver’s license.

But that minimum standard is going to change on Jan. 1, Police Chief Dave Cincoski announced at the Police Commission’s meeting Thursday evening, and Town Code will need to be amended.

Effective on New Year’s Day, following legislation in the General Assembly, 16-year-olds need only be in possession of a valid Indiana identification card in order to be permitted to operate golf carts. And Town Code needs to be changed to reflect the new law.

All of which seems very strange to Member Mike Orlich. Why would the General Assembly actually lower the minimum standard and make the golf-cart law more permissive? he asked Cincoski. “It strikes me as a little funny,” he said.

Cincoski promised Orlich that he would endeavor to get an answer to that question.

Hiring Update

In other business, Cincoski reported that the deadline for accepting applications for a lateral transfer hire is 4 p.m. today. To date, he said, the CPD has received around half a dozen applications from experienced police officers, under an emergency hire initiative approved earlier this fall.

Cincoski is looking to offer a lateral transfer position to a sworn officer from another department who has at least three years of experience and who has already graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. Upon successfully completing a six-month probationary period, that officer would immediately be promoted to 1st Class officer and receive the salary and benefits that go with it.

Fleet Purchase

Meanwhile, members voted unanimously to authorize Cincoski to approach the Town Council with his annual fleet purchase request.

Next year Cincoski is looking to purchase three new vehicles, as always with moneys from Cumulative Capital Development, a fund with a dedicated property-tax rate used exclusively for the acquisition of emergency vehicles.

With Thanks

The commission also took receipt of a thank-you note from 1st Source Bank, expressing staff’s appreciation everything the CPD does for the community.


Posted 12/15/2017




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