Delaware County Receives Feedback on Proposed ATV/UTV Ordinance

Delaware County officials received quite a bit of feedback on the county’s proposed ATV/UTV ordinance on Monday.

The proposed ordinance would allow registered all-terrain vehicles and off-road utility vehicles to be operated on secondary roads, including Class A gravel roads, in Delaware County from sunrise to sunset at no more than 35 miles per hour. The ATVs and UTVs would not be allowed to travel into towns unless the city already allows it. Drivers would have to be at least 16 years old with a valid driver’s license, and anyone under 18 must pass an Iowa DNR-approved ATV Education Course and carry the valid safety certificate as proof.

The County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing on the ordinance’s first reading. Nearly forty local residents attended, with about half of them giving some kind of input.

The majority of the feedback was supportive and centered around questions or suggestions about equipment requirements. The proposed ordinance says the ATVs and UTVs should have lit headlights and taillights; rearview mirror; a slow-moving vehicle emblem; and functioning turn signals, brake lights, brakes, speedometer and horn. A couple residents thought a flag or flashing lights would work better than a slow-moving sign. Another resident suggested having the registration tag in clear view on the vehicle to help deputies easily enforce the law. And another resident wondered how easily it would be attach turn signals and lights for those vehicles who didn’t have them (there reportedly are do-it-yourself kits available for about 75 bucks).

Delaware County Supervisor Jeff Madlom says it was all good feedback.

The County approved the first reading Monday. They’ll likely make some changes to the proposed ATV/UTV ordinance and hold two more public hearings, which are scheduled next Monday, May 16th and the following Monday, May 23rd. If the ordinance is approved, you could see ATVs and UTVs on Delaware County roads as early as June.

You can find Delaware County’s proposed ATV/UTV ordinance on Delaware County’s website or by following this link: http://co.delaware.ia.us/Ordinances/Ordinance_39_ATV_Ordinance_Draft_IV.pdf.