Drive golf carts to Starr’s Mill H.S.? Tell commission Thurs.

County may change cart restrictions to allow more young drivers outside PTC

Fayette County officials may soon consider a change to its restrictions on golf cart drivers, with the idea of allowing students to drive golf carts to the campus of Starr’s Mill High School.

In Peachtree City, students can drive a golf cart on their own if they have a learner’s permit. But in the unincorporated county, students can only drive a cart if they have a full-fledged driver’s license, county officials said.

The public is invited to attend Thursday night’s Fayette County Commission meeting to hear a briefing that will be presented on the matter from high school intern Jason Girolami. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the county’s Stonewall government complex in downtown Fayetteville.

In a news release, county officials note that McIntosh High School sophomores and some juniors are able to drive themselves to school and back home on a golf cart.

There is another complication in the mix beyond the county’s current license restrictions for cart drivers. There is no golf cart path leading from the end of the Redwine Road path to the Starr’s Mill campus. School system officials don’t want the carts to mix on the road with regular automobile traffic.

While County Commission Chairman Steve Brown and school system officials have discussed the need for such a path, no funding has yet been devised.

Parents in a number of subdivisions in the county along the Redwine path have asked the county to create better golf cart access for Starr’s Mill students, county officials have said.

g8trgrl
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Cart path along Redwine Road

Where is there no path on Redwine Road? There is a path from Jefferson Woods, past Mountbrook to the school. Chimneys can get to school. Wilshire goes through Foreston Place.....

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Yes, Chimney's can get to school, but...

That was only allowed by the school because the Homeowners in Millpond and Chimney's agreed to approach the school as a united front. Chimney's is not the last community on the other (oft forgotten) side of SMHS. Millpond is the only community that didn't even get a sidewalk to the schools.

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Millpond can get to school though on golf carts- can't they?

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Yes, but...

Millpond can get to the school on carts, but that is subject to the whim of Chimney's. A recreation path cuts through property the Millpond developers deeded to the county many, many years ago, but that path connects to Chimney's HOA property. Millpond asked the county to pave the recreation path which goes through county property and Chimney's threatened to block Millpond completely if any improvements were sought for Millpond's access to the school triplex. Millpond was looking for a way to get kids paved access to the schools (for whatever the reason, the sidewalk along 74 stopped in front of Chimney's).

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