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Voters To Decide Whether Handicapped Can Drive Golf Carts

February 25, 1986

PAW PAW, Mich. (AP) _ Voters in this southwestern Michigan village will be asked to decide whether handicapped people may legally operate golf carts and other off-road vehicles on village streets.

The Village Council voted Monday to place the question on the March 10 ballot.

The move is good news for Eugene Shipley, who has been battling for such an ordinance. Shipley wants his handicapped children, David, 23, and Margaret, 21, to be able to ride a golf cart in Paw Paw.

The council also unanimously passed a resolution opposing the ordinance.

″We do not believe there is any further legislation needed in this matter,″ said council member Claude Willsea. ″However, we do feel this matter must be resolved, so we are asking the people to speak on their own behalf by voting on March 10.″

State lawmakers, prompted by Shipley’s case, last year enacted a law allowing local governments to pass ordinances allowing handicapped people to use off-road vehicles. The Paw Paw council, however, has resisted adopting the ordinance.

The council’s resolution is not binding, but the March 10 vote would be binding. The council has opposed an ordinance because of liability costs and complaints from other village residents.

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