Wayland to create snowmobile route for citizens
WAYLAND — The Wayland City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance that would create a snowmobile route for citizens to use.
“Next time we could have the second reading and waive the third,” said Mayor Brad Roth. The next city council meeting will be Nov. 6.
According to the ordinance, operators of snowmobiles shall comply with the following restrictions in the Wayland City limits: snowmobiles may be operated upon streets which have not been plowed during the snow season; the operation of a snowmobile in the city is prohibited except on the designated snowmobile route; operation shall only be permitted when snowmobile route markings have been placed by the city or its designees.
The ordinance does allow for some exceptions. Snowmobiles may be used on any street in an emergency when snow on the roadways renders travel by conventional motor vehicle impractical.
The ordinance also allows for snowmobiles to make a direct crossing of a prohibited street when the crossing is made in an angle of 90 degrees to the direction of the street and at a place where no obstruction prevents a quick and safe crossing, the snowmobile is brought to a complete stop before the crossing, the driver of the snowmobile yields to the right of way and when crossing a divided street the crossing shall be made only at an intersection of such a street with another street.
According to the ordinance, snowmobiles shall not be operated in any park, playground or other city owned property without the express permission of the city. The ordinance also states that in order to operate on any city land, there must be snow cover of at least one tenth of an inch.
The owner and operator of any snowmobile shall be liable for any injury or damage occasioned by the negligent operation of the snowmobile, according to the ordinance.
The council also:
• discussed the stop sign in the alley between the 100 block of West Third Street and West Fourth Street.
• considered increasing the natural gas rate.
The next city council meeting will be on Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m. at Wayland City Hall.