Manchester Passes Second Reading of ATV/UTV Ordinance

The City of Manchester is one step closer to allowing ATVs and UTVs on city streets.

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

The ordinance would mimic the city’s snowmobile ordinance – the vehicles would not be allowed downtown or on Highway 13. And riders must take the most direct route in and out of town.

The ordinance would also be similar to Delaware County’s ATV/UTV Ordinance – operators must be at least 18, equip their vehicle with an orange safety flag, lights and other equipment, and ride during daylight hours only.

There was one correction to Manchester’s proposed ordinance Monday night – ATVs and UTVs would be allowed to travel as fast as 35 miles per hour instead of 25 miles per hour (or whichever the speed limit is in that specific area of town).

Manchester’s ATV/UTV Ordinance must pass three readings before it can go into effect. The third and final reading will be held in January.

You can find a link to the proposed ordinance here: http://www.boarddocs.com/ia/manchester/Board.nsf/files/AGGUGT778BF1/$file/ATV%20Ordinance.pdfon.