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Bike ordinance awaits Elkhart city council

Council members meet tonight; Budget hearings announced.

Posted on Aug. 4, 2014 at 10:19 a.m.

Elkhart City council could tackle the bike buffer ordinance Monday night, Aug. 4.

This is the first council meeting since a public safety committee unanimously recommended passage of the ordinance that would require motorists to provide a three-foot buffer when passing bicyclists on city streets.

Support for the measure seems to be strong. If approved, Elkhart would join a handful of other Hoosier communities to take that step.

If adopted, it would establish a $25 fine for a violation.

The proposal sat in committee for weeks while council member Brian Dickerson sought information about the subject from the city.

In other related issues:

■ Council has announced dates for when it will review Mayor Dick Moore’s proposed budget for 2015. Those will happen Sept. 16, 17 and 18. All three meetings start at 6 p.m.

■ Council President Ron Troyer is still seeking people to get involved in two committees that will look into rental registration and code enforcement. Anyone interested can contact Troyer at 370-8647.

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