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Tama City Council split 4-1- on utility task vehicle ordinance

July 20, 2019
By Allison Graham - The News-Herald (agraham@tamatoledonews.com) , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

The City of Tama is one step closer to allowing the use of UTVs (utility task vehicles) on city streets. A split vote of 4-1 will move forward an ordinance to allow the UTVs access to city streets. Kenny McAdoo voted against the ordinance while Emily Babinat, Robert Tyynismaa, Doug Ray and Aaron Haughey all voted in favor.

The request for the ordinance was originally brought before the council by Aaron Haughey in March. Mike Haughey was present at Monday's meeting and was able to answer questions raised by the council.

"These were intents that were expressed by this group of people. Everybody wanted it to be safe. One of the things just in general everybody thought we have this ATV Park, maybe some business could be generated from the people from that ATV Park to restaurants and filling stations," said Mike Haughey.

McAdoo shared why he's not in favor of the ordinance saying, "Personally I don't like it because of the speed of them. I'm just being honest. I think it's going to be a big liability to the city."

Babinat shared she's had a lot of people speak to her in favor of the ordinance. "I think it's kind of like the fireworks. We should give it a try and see how it goes and if there is too much abuse or too much complaining we can repeal it."

The council decided have a second reading of the ordinance to allow for some time for feedback from the community.

Fact Box

Some UTV requirements and restrictions

UTV must be registered with the DNR

drivers must have liability coverage

drivers must possess a valid drivers license

UTVs are not allowed in highways

headlights if equipped must be on at all times when using city streets

UTVs can only carry as many passengers as factory seats

UTVs must be equipped with headlights, taillights, running lights, turn signals and Iowa DOT approved reflective tape may be operated 24 hours a day.

UTVs not containing all of the above listed requirements and unable to travel at 25 mph plus can operated from dusk to dawn

"This is a small community. A lot of people have these so it's not a new fangled thing it's something people are going towards. My opinion is to allow it for that reason is that it is another form of transportation that people enjoy," said Aaron Haughey.

Tyynsimaa added that they have some work purposes as well while Babinat shared she has seen people hauling lawn mowers with them.

"Absolutely," said Haughey.

 
 
 

 

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