Wayland closer to enacting UTV ordinance
BY KARYN SPORY
Mt. Pleasant News
WAYLAND – The Wayland City Council approved the first reading of a proposed ordinance outlining residential use of UTV (road utility vehicles) Wednesday night.
The proposed ordinance, which the city has been working on since this summer, would allow the use of certain UTVs on city streets; streets that are not designated snowmobile routes during the months of December, January and February.
Operators of the UTV would have to be over the age of 21 and have a valid license.
Like most vehicles, the UTV cannot be parked or driven on sidewalks or in public parks.
One provision did cause some discussion Wednesday night. According to the proposed ordinance, the UTVs will not be allowed to tow any items. Mayor Brad Roth questioned the item, as the original purpose of the UTV ordinance would be to allow residents to haul yard waste to the lagoon.
“This was suppose to be for a little bit of yard waste,” countered Councilwoman Melinda Ullery. “If you have more either load it in your truck or make more trips.”
Roth said he saw her point and added if they removed the provision he would be concerned with operators attaching sleds to the back of the vehicle once the snow comes.
The council unanimously approved the first reading of the ordinance.
During the meeting, the council also approved the resignation of City Attorney Mike Vance. Vance will be retiring and due to IPERS will not be eligible to contract work with the city for approximately one month. Following the month reprieve, the council agreed to hire Vance back.
The council also discussed health insurance for city workers.
Lastly, the council approved building permits for the following residents:
• Parkview Home, move a 10’X10’ frame storage shed at 102 North Jackson St.
• William Larkin, patio and parking slab at 206B West 3rd St.
• Royden Boshart, replace 10 windows at 205 North Jackson St.
• Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, reroof half of the home’s roof at 211 North Madison St.
The Wayland City Council will meet next on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m., at City Hall.