Public Hearing-Golf Cart Ordinance May 9 at 6:30 pm

Draft Copy




The Village of Lawrence ordains:


An ordinance adopted to regulate the use and operation of golf carts in the Village of Lawrence.


  1. A. “Village” means the Village of Lawrence, County of Van Buren, State of Michigan
  1. B. “Driver’s License” means an operator’s or chauffeur’s license issued to an individual by the Secretary of State under Chapter III of the Michigan Vehicle Code, 1949 PA 300, MCL 257.301 to MCL 257.329,as amended, for that individual to operate a vehicle, whether or not conditions are attached to the license or permit.
  1. C. “Golf Cart” means a vehicle that is designed and manufactured for operation on a golf course for sporting or recreational purposes. All golf carts operated within the city shall have no increased power, wheelbase or tire modifications for a standard manufactured gas or electric gold cart without prior approval from the city.
  1. D. “Maintained Portion” for this ordinance means that portion of a road improved, designated or ordinarily used for vehicular traffic, that also includes the gravel shoulder/paved shoulder.
  1. E. “Operate” means to ride in or on, or be in actual physical control of the operation of the golf cart.
  1. F. “Operator” means a person who operates or is in actual physical control of the operation of a golf cart.
  1. G. “Registration” means the process through which every person intending to operate a motorized golf cart on roads or streets within the Village must follow.
  1. H. “Registration Sticker” A person operating a motorized golf cart by permit in the Village shall have a current registration sticker displayed on the driver’s rear fender of the cart. Registration stickers are obtained by completing and submitting the proper registration form to the city, along with a $10.00 fee. A registration sticker will be valid for a period of three (3) years and must be renewed.
  1. I. “Street” means a road, roadway, street or right-of-way” within the corporate boundaries of the Village of Lawrence, County of Van Buren State of Michigan, excluding State or Federal Highways. The terms road, roadway, street and right-of-way are interchangeable.


A person may operate a golf cart on city streets, subject to the following restrictions:

  1. A. A person shall not operate a golf cart on any street unless he or she is at least sixteen (16) years old and is licensed to operate a motor vehicle.


  1. B. The operator of a golf cart shall comply with the signal requirements of MCL 257.648, as amended, that apply to the operation of a vehicle.
  1. C. All golf carts are required to have a red reflector on the rear of the golf cart that shall be visible from all distances up to five hundred (500’) feet when in front of lawful low beams of headlamps on a motor vehicle.
  1. D. The operator of a golf cart shall obey by all sections pertaining to traffic in the Michigan Vehicle Code and the Uniform Traffic Code.
  1. E. A person operating a golf cart may operate on the far right maintained portion of a street, roadway or public right-of-way and shall ride as near to the far right side of the maintained portion as practicable.
  1. F. No motorized golf carts shall be operated in the Village at any time on state or federal highways except to cross highways where crosswalks have been designated or by using the most direct line of crossing.
  1. G. A golf cart shall not be operated on a public sidewalk constructed for the use of pedestrians.
  1. H. The maximum speed at which a golf cart may be operated is 15 mph or less.
  1. I. Golf carts may only be operated on designated roadways and shall not be operated on Village streets during the time period from one half hour before sunset to one half hour after sunrise.
  1. J. A person who is a passenger in a golf cart, six (6) years of age or under, is required to wear a crash or bicycle helmet.
  1. K. A golf cart shall not be used to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it is designed and equipped.
  1. L. A golf cart shall not be operated in inclement weather or when visibility is impaired by weather or when roads are snow and/or ice covered.
  1. M. Golf carts shall not be operated on a road or street in a negligent manner so as to endanger any person or property, or to obstruct, hinder, or impede the lawful course of travel of any motor vehicle or the lawful use by any pedestrian of public streets, sidewalks, paths, trails, walkways, or parks.
  1. N. Off-road vehicles, such as Gators, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), a multitrack or multi-wheel drive vehicle, dune buggy, or like-vehicles are not considered golf carts.


  1. A. Golf cart owners operating within the city shall register each golf cart on a triennial basis by making application to the office of the Village clerk. A list of registered carts shall be maintained by the Village clerk.


  1. B. The charge to obtain a registration sticker will be $10.00. The golf cart owner shall affix the registration sticker issued by the Village to the driver’s rear fender of the golf cart. The registration sticker will be valid for a period of three (3) years.
  1. C. Failure to register a golf cart or renew an existing registration shall constitute as a violation of this ordinance.


  1. A. Any person violating any provisions of this ordinance shall be responsible for a civil infraction. The penalty for the first offense shall be Fifty ($50.00) Dollars, and One Hundred ($100.00.) Dollars for the first repeat offense. Repeat offense shall be defined as a violation of said ordinance which has been ticketed for within the past 30 days. For any second or subsequent repeat offense, the fine shall be no more than Two Hundred Fifty ($250.00) Dollars. It shall be the duty of the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department to enforce the provisions of this ordinance. If, after investigation, an officer determines that a violation of the ordinance exists, the officer shall be authorized to issue a municipal civil infraction citation to any person, firm, or corporation that is responsible for violating the provisions of this ordinance. Service of said civil infraction citation or civil infraction notice shall be made in accordance with MCL 600.8707, Public Act 12 of 1994.
  1. B. A court may order a person who causes damage to the environment, a road, or other property as a result of the operation of a golf cart to pay full restitution for that damage above and beyond the penalties paid for civil infractions.


If any section, sub-section, paragraph, sentence, clause or phrase of this ordinance shall

be declared invalid for any reason whatsoever, such decision shall not affect the

remaining portion of this ordinance which shall remain in force and effect, and to this end

the provisions of this ordinance are hereby declared to be severable.


This ordinance shall become effective on the date of its publication.



Motion by Council Member , seconded by Council Member , to adopt the ordinance.

Ayes: Council Member, , , ,

Nays: None

Absent: Council Member ,

The Lawrence Community Closet

The Lawrence Community Closet

A Community Donations Event Hosted by LHS Student Council

In honor of Lucy Rose’s Light Project



What: The Lawrence Community Closet is a FREE event in which Lawrence community members can come to obtain gently used, clean clothing and other necessities donated by local families and individuals. Donations to the event may include shoes, toys, small household items, and men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing of various sizes.

Where: The Lawrence High School Cafeteria

When: Saturday, April 29, 2017 8 am to 12 noon


Donors: This is an opportunity to organize those closets at home and do something great for the Lawrence community! The LHS Student Council needs your help! We challenge you to go through your closets and find your gently used items that still have life in them that can be passed on to someone who could truly use them.

Bring your donations to the LHS main office April 10 to April 24th

If you have any questions, or would like to assist with this event,

please contact LHS Student Council at (269) 674-8232 x1020 or



Everyone is welcome to come have a look and simply take what they need.



Large household items such as furniture need prior arrangements for delivery to the school.


27 Truck brigade to assist those in need due to the wildfires

To All,


This afternoon, I received notice from Kyle Conklin that there will be a 27 truck brigade that will begin in Decatur and roll down Red Arrow Hwy. before getting on the highway in Lawrence.  This brigade begins their journey to the southwest to assist those in need due to the wildfires.   Although school dismisses at 11:35 that day, organizers are asking community members to rally downtown with American flags in support of this charitable mission.  The estimated time of arrival is noon.


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With Tiger Pride!


Michigan Farmers Send Help to Southwest


Mich. farmers send cattle feed to farms destroyed by wildfires in Kansas, other states

LAWRENCE, Mich. — When massive wildfires destroyed thousands of acres of Kansas farmland in March, Jerry Pilch said his heart went out to the farmers.

“Kansas and Oklahoma they get fires all the times,” said Pilch. “It was dry, low humidity. They had the winds we had a couple of weeks ago but they had them for three days.”

Those few days of destruction left 650,000 acres barren . Pilch is a farmer himself. He owns and operates the Southwestern Michigan Feed Inc. and was recently talking with local farmers about how they could help their comrades in Kansas get through this difficult time. Hay was already being shipped to them but as a farmer he knew more was needed.

“So we reached out to some big distributors and they kinda didn’t want anything to do with it,” said Pilch during an interview at his mill. “Their excuse was ‘we don’t sell feed in Kansas.’”

They carried on, he said, and launched a campaign to help the farmers by requesting people donate $8 for a 50-pound bag of cattle feed that’ll be shipped to farmers not only in Kansas but in Oklahoma, Colorado and Texas too. They posted it on Facebook and immediately hundreds of people responded.

“I never in a million years thought it would escalate this much,” said Pilch. “We got more than enough feed going down there than we can even make. So we’re having another mill, we reached out to, make us some feed.”

Pilch said 4-H groups were knocking on doors asking people to donate. Local churches and community organizations have donated. The Future Farmers of America gave them in $4,800.

“We’ve had people call from all over the state, all over this area, people from other states wanting to help out,” said Dain Webster of Riverbed Cattle. “It just became ‘Ok lets get another semi. Let’s get another truck.’”

Webster and his brother Dan were some of the first farmers wanting to help their comrades miles away. They were in the middle of filling one semi a few weeks ago. Now there’s going to be 27 heading southwest on Friday. And there’s more than just cattle feed going too.

“Anything from hay to grain, fence posts to hygiene products for the people who’ve lost their homes,” said Webster during an interview at the farm in Lawrence. “Gloves for the volunteer workers that are going to be down there. We’re dropping stuff off to them. It’s a little bit of everything that we’re taking down there.”

Like Pilch, Webster’s heart went out to the farmers when he saw the devastation. He said people not only lost pasture but barns and homes too.

“I know they would do it for us. Southern Hospitality is huge,” said Webster whose roots stem from Missouri.  “Our family is from the South. So it’s how we were raised. You take care of the farmers.”

Pilch said the campaign ends on Friday and by then they’ll have at least 500 bags to ship away. The trucks are scheduled to depart at noon to make the 800-mile trip to Kansas and elsewhere.  And Richardson Oil Company donated 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel to get the trucks there. When Pilch spoke with a mill down there and told them what they were doing, the woman got emotional.

“When I talked to her on the phone she sounded like she was going to cry, like ‘why would you guys care?’” said Pilch. “It’s just farmers helping farmers. Basically somebody’s gotta do something. Farmers always help each other out.”

Notice of Public Hearing 112 N. Paw Paw

Zoning Board of Appeals

Please take notice: The Village of Lawrence Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) shall convene on March 29, 2017 at 6:30 P.M. at the Lawrence Village Hall, 157 N. Paw Paw Street, Lawrence Michigan for the purpose of hearing Krista Goens regarding a varience to current requirements of the Village of Lawrence Zoning Ordinance concerning the mixed use requirements at this address, 112 N. Paw Paw Street, Lawrence, Michigan, indentified as Van Buren County Tax Parcel number 80-44-107-008-10.

If granted, a variance would allow residential space in a commercial space.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, but would like to comment on this public hearing, comments must be submitted to the Village Hall by 5:00 pm on March 29, 2017.


Village of Lawrence

Zoning Board of Appeals

Posted on March 21, 2017

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Mark your calendars for Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser on Thursday, March 30th

All proceeds will be used to send Lawrence Elementary students to summer camp. Cost:  Donation When: Thursday, March 30th @ 4-6:30p

Where: Lawrence Legion Hall

Safe Routes to School Survey

Dear parent or caregiver,

Your child’s school would like to learn your thoughts about children walking and biking to school. This survey will take about 5 – 10 minutes to complete. We ask that each family complete only one survey per school your children attend. If more than one child attends the same school, please fill out the survey for the child with the next birthday from today’s date.

Your responses will be kept confidential and neither your name nor your child’s name will be associated with any results.

Thank you for participating in this survey!

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