Stratford’s Traffic Authority will have to decide whether to allow golf carts on the town’s roads, freshman town councilman Craig Budnick said in a phone interview Wednesday.
At a public hearing before the Town Council early this month, about a half dozen residents — most from of the Lordship section of town –requested an ordinance allowing residents to drive golf carts on town roads marked with a 25 mph speed limit or lower.
Residents who spoke at the hearing said golf carts are a convenient mode of travel for short trips to the beach and around the neighborhood. Driving a golf cart is better for the environment than driving a car, one resident pointed out.
“The Town Council as a body does not have the right to regulate golf carts,” Budnick said. “The residents who may be concerned or want to have golf carts allowed in the Lordship section of town can submit a Traffic Authority request online on the town website.”
Budnick, a republican representing the seventh district, said residents who would like the town to draw up a golf cart ordinance can request that the Traffic Authority take up the issue by filling out this online request form. Residents may also contact the Traffic Authority via fax (203-381-1234) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
“At the end of the day, it’s really up to the citizens concerned about the golf cart issue to contact the town’s Traffic Authority,” he said.