By Conrad Dudderar
The City of Yukon is getting two new gas golf carts to shuttle people during special events like Freedom Fest and Rock the Route.
The Yukon City Council, at its Dec. 7th meeting voted 4-1 to spend $25,734 to buy two Cushman 2022 Shuttle 8 gas golf cart shuttles from the EZ-GO Division of Textron.
Part of the cost will be offset by the surplus and sale of the City of Yukon’s current electric golf cart shuttles.
City Council Member Jeff Wootton opposed the purchase, noting this $25,000 could be used to help stripe Yukon city streets.
“Is this the best way the spend money when we’re looking for money?” Wootton said.
Yukon Public Works Director Arnold Adams, during a work session before Tuesday night’s meeting, reviewed a proposed four-phase street striping plan through fiscal year 2024-25.
The new gas golf carts will replace electric carts that have fallen into disrepair, Yukon City Manager Tammy Kretchmar told council members.
“We have had problems with them ever since we bought them,” she said. “They have broken down during events.”
The current electric shuttles must be fixed before they are sold, Kretchmar added.
“If we fix them to sell them, can we fix them to use them?” Wootton asked.
The electric units are in poor condition and “break down every time we use them,” Kretchmar replied.
The new gas models will be easier to maintain and repair by mechanics in the city’s fleet department, she advised.
DEMANDS NOT BEING MET
In a Dec. 7th memo, Assistant to the City Manager Jason Beal wrote that the current electric golf carts are expensive and difficult to maintain.
“In addition, the shuttles are unable to meet demands of the event,” Beal noted. “Whether it be Freedom Fest, Czech Fest, Rock the Route, or other events, they are unable to make it through the events on a single charge.”
At Freedom Fest, for example, golf cart shuttles are used to carry attendees from the parking lot to the gazebo at Chisholm Trail Park, so they don’t have to walk.
The normal “lead time” to receive these new gas carts is 30 weeks, but Beal pointed out that will “mostly likely fluctuate” due to current supply chain issues.