ATV/UTV Ordinance Approved in Manchester

ATVs and UTVs will be allowed on Manchester’s city streets starting next week.

The Manchester City Council approved the third and final reading of the proposed ATV/UTV Ordinance at their meeting last night.

Chuck Hutchinson and Rick Seeley are two members of the local Roads to Trails Club, which approached the City with this request last year. They’re both ecstatic that the Council is giving it a chance.

Not everyone on the Manchester City Council was thrilled with the idea of allowing ATVs on city streets – council member Mary Ann Poynor was the lone one to vote against it, noting safety concerns. And initially, the council was worried about allowing those types of small vehicles in Manchester’s high traffic areas for safety reasons as well. But, as City Manager Tim Vick points out, they’ve decided to keep the ATVs and UTVs away from the downtown area and Highway 13.

Vick says Manchester’s ATV/UTV Ordinance will follow guidelines similar to Delaware County’s ordinance.

And if you’re not following those guidelines, you could be issued a citation. Manchester Police Chief Jim Hauschild says they’ll enforce the new ATV/UTV ordinance just like any other motor vehicle laws.

But Chief Hauschild says he really doesn’t foresee any major problems, anticipating that it will be similar to allowing snowmobiles in town.

Manchester was one of the last cities in Delaware County to pass an ATV/UTV ordinance, with Earlville the only remaining city yet to make a decision. So, while they wait for the weather to get a little nicer to do some riding, Seeley says it’s onto the next goal.

The new ordinance officially goes into effect next Wednesday, January 18th. You can find the official ATV/UTV Ordinance – with all the rules and regulations – on the City of Manchester’s website or by clicking this link: http://www.boarddocs.com/ia/manchester/Board.nsf/files/AHCT57648854/$file/005-2016%20ATV%20Ordinance.pdf.

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