Eighteen people responded to the Question of the Week posed last Wednesday on the Herald’s Web site, oskaloosaherald.com.

The question was: “Does the NCAA need to change the officiating staffs for football bowl games? Yes or No?”

Of the 18 voters, 17 — 94.44 percent — said “Yes,” and 1 — 5.56 percent said “No.”

The Question of the Week poll is not scientific and only reflects the opinions of those Internet users who have chosen to participate. The Question of the Week is just another way the Herald’s readers can voice their opinions about issues that affect them.

This week’s Question of the Week deals with the proposed ordinance for the Oskaloosa recreation trail.

The Oskaloosa City Council voted 5-2 Tuesday night to table the second reading of an ordinance that would ban the use of motorized vehicles, including golf carts, on the recreation trail.

Two City Council members were concerned about a provision in the proposed ordinance that deals with special permits for motorized transport on the trail.

The provision — Section F under General Regulations — states: “Special permits may be issued by the city manager, police chief or their designee on specific dates utilizing motorized transportation upon the trail for elderly and/or handicapped persons.”

Oskaloosa City Manager Don Sandor told the council at the Jan. 3 meeting that Section F pertains to elderly users of the trail.

At that meeting, Mahaska Community Recreation Foundation Director Marie Ware said that groups such as CROP Walk would use motorized vehicles to ensure all participants passed through checkpoints on the trail. She believed that the proviso covers such purposes.

Council member Pam Blomgren was concerned about discussing the elimination of entire sections of the ordinance without City Attorney Randy DeGeest present to provide legal guidance.

However, Council member Mike Stout wanted to pass the ordinance as is.

Mayor David Dixon and Council member Eric Palmer, local attorneys, were concerned about the scope of the proposed changes to the ordinance being too much for passage through a second and third reading.

Blomgren favored tabling the ordinance to take it to the council’s Public Safety Committee, and she wanted to ensure that DeGeest would be present.

What do you think?

This week’s Question of the Week: “Should the Osky City Council ban motorized transport on the recreation trail? Yes or No.”

People can vote on The Herald’s Web site, oskaloosaherald.com, from Monday through noon on Friday. Then, votes are tallied and published the following Monday.

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