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Wyanet OKs ATV ordinance

WYANET — The Wyanet Village Board approved an ATV ordinance that will go into effect next month. Wyanet Police Chief Todd Marquez explained the ordinance outlines the ATV registration requirements and also the rules that have been established.

All ATVs, including golf carts; side-by-sides; two, three or tracked vehicles; must be registered by filling out a registration form and paying the $15 per unit per year fee. Permits must be displayed on each vehicle.

Drivers must be at least 16 years old and have a valid driver’s license. No child under the age of 16 shall ride in front of the driver. Drivers must follow all traffic laws and traffic signs, plus obey a 20 mile per hour speed limit at all times. Only two riders are allowed on a four-wheeler. All vehicles must have a head light and/or tail/brake lights. No ATVs are allowed on sidewalks except in certain circumstances.

The first offense if a rule is broken is a warning and/or $20 citation. The second offense is a $50 citation, and the third offense results in the loss of the ATV permit.

In other business:

• Wyanet Village President Bruce Hand apologized to residents for any inconveniences they may have encountered while water lines were recently being jetted.

• Residents are reminded the dumping of trash is not permitted at the cemetery. The board decided to order signs that will be posted. Trustee Joe Law informed the board two new trees were planted at the cemetery, and he also suggested creating an ice skating rink at the tennis courts. The board approved purchasing the materials needed and also advised Trustee Tom Odell to check on liability with the insurance company.

• There are five village board seats up for election as well as the president. Anyone interested in obtaining a petition can contact Shelly Teske at the Village Hall. Petitions are due by 5 p.m. on Dec. 26.

• Residents should receive a notification from Integrys Energy after Dec. 19 which will give the opportunity to opt out of energy aggregation. The card must be returned by Jan. 2, 2013, to opt out. Odell explained that by choosing Integrys, there will be a 22 percent savings now and closer to a 30 percent savings during the summer months.

• The village’s health insurance premiums are going to be raised my 13 percent in 2013. After a lengthy discussion, the board voted unanimously to keep the health insurance the same as it currently is with no loss of benefits or price increase for employees.

• The board approved purchasing new portable radios for the police department. All radios must be narrow band compliant by the first of the new year.

The next meeting of the Wyanet Village Board is Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Village Hall.

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