Manchester Takes First Official Step Towards ATV/UTV Ordinance

atv-1The City of Manchester has taken the first official step towards allowing ATVs and UTVs on city streets.

The first reading of the proposed ATV/UTV Ordinance was passed on a 4-1 vote at the City Council meeting Monday night.

The ordinance would mimic the city’s snowmobile ordinance – not allowed downtown or on State Highway 13, and riders must take the most direct route in and out of town. It would also be similar to Delaware County’s ordinance – operators must be at least 18 years old and equip their ATV or UTV with an orange safety flag, lights and other necessary equipment. The ATVs and UTVs would be allowed during daylight hours only and they cannot travel faster than 25 miles per hour.

Some city council members still have safety concerns with allowing these off-road vehicles on city streets – including Mary Ann Poynor, who was the lone one to vote against it. Manchester Police Chief Jim Hauschild says he was “dead-set against it” at first too, but points out if snowmobiles are allowed, ATVs and UTVs should be too. Hauschild and most of the council members are willing to try it for a year.

Several members of the local Roads to Trails Club, who requested the ordinance, say they’ll help “police” it to make sure riders are following the law.

Manchester’s ATV/UTV Ordinance must pass three readings before it can go into effect. The second reading is scheduled for December 12th, with the third and final reading in January.

Want to check out the proposed ordinance? Click on the link here: http://www.boarddocs.com/ia/manchester/Board.nsf/files/AG35EL0FE640/$file/ATV%20Ordinance.pdf