County board approves ATV/golf cart ordinance

The Le Sueur County Board of Commissioners held a public hearing Tuesday, Aug. 22, to determine the regulations and operation of ATVs, golf carts, and mini trucks on county highways.

A number of cities in the county have already addressed this issues including Waterville and Elysian.

In Elysian, they approved the use of only golf carts within the city limits.

City Administrator Lorri Kopischke spoke with the commissioners about the county ordinance.

"I'm in favor of it," Kopischke said. "It makes sense for us."

One issue Elysian has is residents on the north side of Lake Francis are unable to legally drive their golf carts to the city because they were only approved for city streets.

With the county ordinance, they would be able to come into the cityy which has two county roads (Main Street and County Road 11) running through the downtown area.

The commissioners unanimously approved the ordinance which would allow ATVS, golf carts, or mini trucks to be operated on county highways inside of city's which have already adopted an ordinance.

The ordinance does not include driving vehicles outside of city limits or in cities that have not adopted an ordinance.

County attorney Brent Christian said cities would have to change their ordinances in order to designate which roads the vehicles could drive on, if they currently do not allow them on certain roadways.

Or they could adopt the county ordinance, which would be over and above their current ordinance.

The purpose of the ordinance is to....

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