Lansing City Council considers details of ordinance for ATV/UTV usage within city limits

by Macie Hill

The regular session of the Lansing City Council was held Monday, July 3. The following items were discussed: the Lansing Fire Department liquor license, a half hour parking sign in front of Kerndt Brothers Bank, hiring someone to paint the eagle signs in town, and discussing an ATV/UTV ordinance.

The meeting opened with a public hearing on a Proposal to Enter into a General Obligation Bridge Improvement Loan Agreement. No comments were heard or read, and the public hearing was closed and a resolution to enter into the loan agreement was approved.

The Lansing Fire Department received approval on a liquor license for RAGBRAI® and will not need to apply for a new one for Lansing Fish Days. A liquor license was also approved for the Lansing RAGBRAI Committee.

Amanda Hess presented the council with a proposal to have a half-marathon relay finish line located within the Lansing Sports Complex next fall. The Driftless Half Marathon and Relay is being planned for October 13, 2018 and will be run from Harpers Ferry to Lansing.

The council approved the placement of one half-hour parking sign on Main Street in front of the Kerndt Brothers Saving Bank in Lansing. The bank has been experiencing problems with people parking all day at that Main Street location, making access difficult for the bank's customers.

The council also approved hiring Don Larson to paint the welcome signs that are placed at each entrance into town for $300 per sign, plus materials. Mayor Mike Brennan suggested Larson painting the signs in prioritized order of visibility, so the one on the south end of town will be done first so that it can hopefully be done in time for RAGBRAI at the end of July.

The council also discussed the type of ordinance needed for ATV/UTV usage within the city limits. Mayor Brennan suggested that there be a strict designated trail that people will have to ride on and that they will not be allowed to drive their ATV/UTV from their residence to the trail if they are in city limits.

They would be expected to trailer their ATV/UTV to the nearest trail access point and proceed from there. Also included in the ordinance consideration was the speed limit of 15 mph within all city limit areas and the age to be able to drive an ATV/UTV in town being set at 18 years or older.

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