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April 14, 2012

Town board may limit use of skateboards

Saturday, April 14, 2012 — The town of Badin held its first public hearing for Ordinance 12-3, which would regulate the use of non-motorized recreation vehicles and skateboards in the town, during Tuesday night’s council meeting.

The proposed ordinance stemmed from concerns brought before the council during the December meeting.

Councilwoman Anne Harwood had informed the board that she was concerned about the number of skateboarders she had seen who neglected to wear safety gear, especially during the evening hours.

The safety of pedestrians who may be hit by an oncoming non-motorized recreation vehicle, particularly on sidewalks and outside of businesses, were also discussed.

The proposed ordinance would prohibit utilizing non-motorized recreation vehicles on streets from dusk to dawn without reflective safety equipment and would require the use of a helmet, elbow and knee pads, when participating in a hazardous recreation activity when operating these vehicles in a town park.

In addition, the ordinance would prohibit non-motorized recreation vehicles from operation on streets and sidewalks in selected areas of the General Business District, Central Business District and Light Industrial District within the town.

The Central Business District would include:

N.C. 740;

Nantahala Street from N.C. 740 to Maple Street;

Boyden Street from Nantahala Street to Falls Road;

Falls Road from N.C. 740 to Maple Street;

Pine Street from Falls Road to Field Lane;

Walnut Street from Falls Road to the end of the library property;

Yadkin Court from Falls Road to Pine Street;

Maple Street to Spruce Street from Nantahala Street.

Sections in the General Business District would include:

Roosevelt Street from Lee Street to Washington Street;

Dewey Street from Washington Street to Sumpter Street;

Sumpter Street from Sherman Street to Marion Street.

Falls Road from N.C. 740 to Boyden Street would be included in the Light Industrial District.

In addition, the use of non-motorized recreation vehicles would be prohibited from town owned real property and parcels including, but not limited to: town hall, the police department, the library and gazebo, Badin Military Memorial Park and museum properties.

Anyone found to be in violation of the ordinance will be subject to a civil penalty of $50, plus any court costs and attorney fees incurred by the town. Additional fines may be issued to offenders who fail to pay the penalty within 10 days of receiving a final written notice of violation. In the event that the offender is younger than 18 years of age, parents or legal guardians will be responsible for any fines.

A second public hearing for Ordinance 12-3 is scheduled for the May 8 council meeting.

Also during the meeting:

The first public hearing regarding the town budget was set for May 8;

Badin’s Semi-Annual Town Clean Up will be April 23-26. Appliances, old furniture and separated tires and rims will be picked up. Household trash and brush will not be accepted;

Town council voted to renew a contract with Maxton McDowell, CPA, to perform the town’s audit.

The next meeting of Badin Town Council will be 6:30 p.m. May 8 at Badin Town Hall, 36 Falls Road.

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