Beaver Dam Officials Drafting Ordinance To Allow ATV’s On City Streets

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam city attorney is drafting an ordinance that would allow all-terrain vehicles on local streets. Operations Committee Chair Jack Yuds asked the full council for direction before having a draft ordinance assembled. 

“This may not even get out of the operations committee was the thought,” Yuds says, “before we make an ordinance and gets to the council and is voted down, we want a viewpoint from the city council telling us ‘Do we want and ATV-UTV ordinance in the city of Beaver Dam or not’.” 

The council voted nine-to-one in favor of drafting an ATV-UTV ordinance at their most recent council meeting, even though every alderperson who spoke about the ordinance expressed apprehension about allowing ATV’s and UTV’s to operate in city limits. Council President Mike Wissell made the motion to direct staff to assemble an ordinance with restrictions requiring licensing, insurance, seatbelts, turn signals and taillights.  

“This has always been a sore spot for me because we already have enough noise with these motorcycles ripping down the streets,” Wissell says, “do we really need another set of vehicles like that? So I’ve never been very fond of this whole idea.” 

City Attorney Rick Manthe anticipates that even after the ordinance is refined it will likely go before the Operations Committee several times before it goes to the council for a vote.  

Several communities in Dodge County have adopted ordinances that allow ATV’s and UTV’s on municipal streets; there are exceptions in statute for state highways. That includes the cities of Mayville, Waupun and Fox Lake. Voters in Columbus have a referendum on ATV’s on the November ballot.  

The Beaver Dam Common Council was slated to meet for a regular meeting tonight (Monday) but postponed the meeting to next Monday.