Lynne Hermansen
Special to The Gardner News
Edgerton City Council discussed the details of writing a city ordinance for all-terrain vehicles, golf carts, low-speed vehicles, micro-utility trucks and work-site utility vehicles.
The ordinance would be voted on at a future council meeting.
In September 2020, the Edgerton City Council held a work session to discuss possible regulations to allow various types of vehicles on city streets.
These regulations included allowing these vehicles to be operated 24/7 with proper equipment such as seat belts, allowing all-types of ATVs and requiring the driver to be at least 17 years old with a valid driver’s license.
City staff recommended to follow guidance from the sheriff’s office. These recommendations include not following the city’s noise ordinances and only allowing the operation of vehicles from sunrise to sunset, prohibiting ATVs having a seat to be straddled by the operator, and removing the age restriction to only needing a valid driver’s license.
Ron Cronus, council member, said he didn’t agree with the hours of sunrise to sunset because daylight hours in the winter are shorter.
“There is less activity in the Winter,” Don Roberts, mayor, said. “I’m more concerned about how vehicles are operated than noise.”
Beth Linn, city administrator, said it was a safety aspect between daylight and nighttime.
Josh Lewis said UTV and ATV vehicles have headlights and taillights.
“It’s not different than a car at night,” he said.
Bradley Johnson, deputy, said the issue with letting people use these vehicles at midnight is safety and allowing more opportunity to put more people on the road than should be and a driver can still get a DUI.
“No other city has strayed from sunset to sunrise,” he said. “Do we really want a ten year old on an UTV at midnight.”
Lewis said there are certain city held events where people are going to want to ride home after the event.
Linn verified the city noise ordinance is 10 p.m.
A few council members said they would like to see a slow roll out of the ordinance.
Clay Longanecker, council member, said he would like to follow the sheriff’s department’s recommendations.
Johnson said it is a lot harder to take away than give and people need to prove they are more responsible.
“We need to give people a choice to act responsible and be adults,” Lewis said. “I’m not a big fan of government and starting restrictive and then opening up.”
Joshua Beem, councilmember, said he agreed with Lewis and Johnson.
“I know we are supposed to be responsible adults, but most of the time they won’t,” he said.
Katee Smith, council member, said she agreed with both sides.
“I worry about kids getting hit, especially at night,” she said.
Council members discussed the safety and proper equipment requirements, definition of all-terrain vehicle and age requirements.
Johnson, Roberts and council members came to a agreement to classify ATVs as a C Class vehicle with motorcycles and require a test and class, require seatbelts on vehicles that can have them, require mirrors and lights and the driver to be 16 years old with a valid driver’s license.
The Edgerton city council also discussed the citywide residential solid waste collection and disposal services contract with Gardner Disposal.
On Feb. 25, 2019, the council approved the current contract. The contract expires on Dec. 31, 2021.
Gardner Disposal has been the city’s provider since Jan. 1, 2015.
City staff was seeking direction from the council regarding any changes to the contract for the city to begin preparing the bid specifications and bidding calendar.
The current contract allows one 95 gallon container for trash and a 65 gallon container for recyclables. Residents that need more can purchase a second container at five dollars per month. The contract is for curbside collection once a week including grass, plant clippings, leaves and limbs. Residents are also allowed one furniture item for pickup per week at no additional charge.
The contract also provides other services: Complaint Process, Holiday Interruptions to service, Service at City facilities, Sludge removal at BBCWWTP, Citywide Clean Up – curbside collection, and Disposal services for city events.
Mayor Don Roberts said he really likes the Citywide Cleanup.
“The biggest we ever had was last year,” he said.
Council members discussed how to handle concrete disposal.
“I don’t want to pick up your whole driveway,” Roberts said. “But u and Kate’s time is different to me.”
Roberts said it would be to the city’s benefit to spell the concrete disposal section out more.
Longanecker said he wanted to know if there were trash bags that fit the 95 gallon containers. He said he worried about trash blowing around the street on windy days.
Cronus said he would like to see a local outlet for hazardous waste outside the disposal contract.