City Council Discusses Allowing UTVs on City Streets

BROKEN BOW—Community members spoke to the city council on Tuesday about the possibility of allowing side-by-side vehicles (UTVs or OHVs) to be operated on city streets. Terry Jensen spoke on behalf of himself, Dave Anderson, and Bob Kahnk who are all in favor of allowing side-by-sides with at least a 50” wheel base to be driven on city streets (the men said they are not representing four-wheelers or golf carts).

Jensen, Anderson, and Kahnk are asking the council to consider this proposal because comparable cities in Nebraska and other states allow UTVs and they said UTVs are more fuel efficient and convenient for delivering small loads through town.

The three gentlemen and city council discussed implementing age requirements for licensed drivers and requiring liability insurance, head lights, tail/brake lights, turn signals, and mirrors. Jensen also said UTVs are safe due to seat belts and roll bars.

Police Chief Steve Scott said he is not opposed and would be interested in discussing further. The council members did not take any official vote but indicated they wish to move forward with drafting an ordinance.

Ordinance 1182 Tree Trimming and Ordinance 1183—2018 Comprehensive Plan were both approved by the city council. Tuesday’s meeting included public hearings and the third and final readings for both ordinances.

The council approved the reappointment of Gene Chapin to the Board of Public Works until June 2021 and appointment of Chad Schall until June 2020.

The council also approved City Administrator Brent Clark to attend the International City/County Management Association Conference in Baltimore this September.

A payment of $6,138 was approved to JEO for work completed on the Broken Bow Flood Risk Reduction and the council voted to host its budget workshop on Tuesday, August 14 after the regular city council meeting.

Council member Chris Myers and Library Director Joan Birnie discussed increased attendance at the library and high numbers of library card issuances and renewals.

The next city council meeting is scheduled for July 24 at 12 p.m.