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September 17, 2019

8/16/2019 2:16:00 PM
City of Mineral Point makes change to ATV/UTV Ordinance
With two meetings discussing the option to change the city of Mineral Point's ordinance pertaining to ATV/UTV usage, a decision has potentially been made.
Several community members spoke either for or against the change Wednesday night, with council members Mike Wagner, Dan Clark, David McCoy and Leslie Reger who make up the ordinance committee. After hearing the concerns, and learning that there are 411 registered ATV/UTVs registered via the Mineral Point 53565 code, there has been a proposed update to the ordinance.
The motion was made by Alderperson Mike Wagner to allow ATV/UTV access to all city streets with posted speed limits at 35 mph or lower, with the exception of High Street, from Commerce Street to North Wisconsin Street, as well as Commerce Street from Doty Street to Fountain Street.
The motion, with a contingency of restriction agreements by committee members carried, thanks to a second by Alderperson Clark, and a roll call vote with Wager, Clark and McCoy voting in favor. Alderperson Reger was the sole nay-sayer.
Restrictions were also considered in the discussion, and how they will be written in the ordinance. The following restrictions were unanimously agreed upon:
-Operation shall be only allowed on paved surfaces within all city parks, with no ATV/UTV usage on any designated pedestrian trails.
-Riders of ATV/UTVs must abide by all posted speed limits in the city. They must also be required to have a valid driver's license, must not have any open intoxicants, must show proof of insurance, and operate within the hours of 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Any additional restrictions will be worked out between City Attorney Eileen Brownlee and Mineral Point's Chief of Police Bob Weier. A draft will be brought back for further review.
The restrictions were approved unanimously and will be considered by the Mineral Point City Council.
The ordinance committee members thanked the public for providing their input and adjourned after business was conducted.

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