Council Discusses ATV Ordinance

NEW SHARON – Wednesday was a busy night of discussion for members of the New Sharon City Council. Among the discussion items was whether to establish routes for all-terrain vehicles and utility vehicles within the city limits.

Councilor Terry Hudson brought the item to the council, as his family owns one and would like to be able to utilize it. Mahaska County and the state of Iowa each have specific laws regarding the usage of ATVs and where they may travel. For instance, they may not operate on state-controlled highways. That would include U.S. 63, Iowa 146 and Iowa 102 (West Market). Iowa 102 turns into a county road at the west city limits, at which point the county ordinance kicks in that allows them on the shoulder.

Mahaska County Sheriff Russ VanRenterghem was on hand and gave Hudson a copy of the county ordinance. VanRenterghem explained that current law, state and local, allows the vehicle to cross state-controlled highways to reach another road or street that would be legal to travel.

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