Calhoun's city council approved the city's 2019-20 budget on Tuesday. The budget has a total of $1,191,550 appropriations, and water leaks are still a focus of the city to reduce costs. Mayor Ron Coleman said in last month's meeting that they have made some progress on water issues, but they're still looking for and repairing leaks.
Council members also had a first reading of an amendment to their golf cart ordinance. Council members said that some members of the community aren't following the rules, and so the amendment should be updated.
Calhoun passed its golf cart ordinance in July of 2011. Golf carts have to be inspected at the sheriff's office, a $10 permit must be purchased, proof of insurance must be provided and a slow-moving vehicle emblem must be attached. The amendment would make these requirements be renewed annually. Coleman said he'd also like to send a letter out to permit holders.
"I want to send them a letter with the rules, and I would modify that ordinance to say if you don't obey the rules, we'll pull your permit."
The council will hear the second reading of the proposed amendment at next month's council meeting.
A citizen in attendance also proposed the idea of angle parking to the council. This would provide more spaces in the downtown area while still allowing for two-way traffic. It would also be easier for residence to angle park rather than parallel park.
"Off the top of my head, I don't know what would prevent us from doing that," said Coleman. "It makes a lot of sense to me."
No action was taken, but Coleman said that he would investigate the subject more thoroughly.