City Code: 725:0

Section 725:00

Section 725 - Snowmobiles

Section 725:00. Definitions.
Subd. 1. Unless the context clearly indicates otherwise, the words, combinations of words, terms and phrases, as used in Section 725:00 et. seq., shall have the meanings set forth in the sections which follow:

a. Person" includes an individual, partnership, corporation, the State and its agencies and subdivisions, and any body of person, whether incorporated or not.

b. 'Snowmobile" means a self-propelled vehicle designed for travel on snow or ice or a natural terrain steered by wheels, skis or runners.

c. 'Owner" means a person other than a lien holder, having the property in or title to a snowmobile entitled to the use or possession thereof.

d. 'Operate" means to ride in or on and control the operation of a snowmobile.

e. 'Operator" means every person who operates or is in actual physical control of a snowmobile.

f. 'Public Street or Highway" means that portion of a street or highway improved, designed, or ordinarily used for vehicular travel, including the shoulder.

Section 725:05. Application of Other Laws. The City Ordinance provisions relating to vehicular traffic shall apply to the operation of snowmobiles upon the streets and highways in addition to all other snowmobile regulations herein enumerated; and Minnesota Statutes, Section 84.81 through 84.91 and Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 169 are hereby adopted by reference except those provisions which, by their nature, have no application.

Section 725:10. Regulation of Snowmobile Use.

Subd. 1. It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a snowmobile under the circumstances set forth in the sections which follow:

a. A snowmobile may be operated on City streets only for the purpose of going to and from the City limits on the most direct route from the point of origin to the City limits or returning therefrom.

b. On private property of another without the express permission to do so by the owner or occupant of said property. Said permission must be in writing from the owner or occupant of the property.

c. On public school grounds, park property, playgrounds, recreational areas and golf courses without express provision or permission to do so by the proper public authority. Said permission must be in writing from the proper public authority.

d. In a manner so as to create loud, unnecessary or unusual noise so as to disturb or interfere with the peace and quiet of other persons. It is a presumptive public nuisance for the operator of a snowmobile to discharge into the open air the exhaust from the snowmobile's engine except through a properly working muffler or other device that is in constant operation and effectively prevents loud or explosive engine noises, blends exhaust noise into the overall vehicle noise to prevent excessive or unusual noise such as sharp popping or crackling sounds, or other sounds likely to annoy, disturb, injure, or endanger the comfort, repose, health, peace, or safety of a reasonable person or ordinary sensibilities in its vicinity.

e. In a careless, reckless or negligent manner so as to endanger, or be likely to endanger, the safety of any person or the property of any other person.

f. Without having such snowmobile registered as provided for in Minnesota Statutes, Section 84.82.

g. No snowmobile shall be operated on any public street or highways within the downtown area designated as an area bounded on the south by Mill Street, by Oak Street on the west, by Rose Street on the north and Grove Street on the east.

h. The absolute maximum speed limit for the operation of snowmobiles within the corporate limits of this municipality is 15 miles per hour. All snowmobiles must come to a complete stop at each street intersection before proceeding into and through the intersection.

i. All snowmobiles shall be operated in single file as close to the right hand curb of all public roads and streets of this municipality as possible. On public roads and streets not having curbs, snowmobiles will be operated in single file as close to the right hand edge of the traveled portion of roadways as possible.

j. No snowmobile shall be operated within the corporate limits of this municipality between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. the following morning. Snowmobiles may only be operated on the streets or highways within city limits between November 15th and March 31st.

k. No trailers shall be pulled by snowmobiles unless a solid type hitch is used connecting the trailer with the snowmobile, and any such trailer pulled shall likewise be equipped with a red tail light in working order on the rear most portion of said trailer. For purposes of this subdivision, a trailer shall be defined to include any sled, toboggan or other device used for carrying persons or property, which does not contain its own course of motivation.

l. No person under fourteen (14) years of age shall operate a snowmobile upon a street or highway within the City of Owatonna. A person fourteen (14) years of age or older, but less than eighteen (18) years of age, may operate a snowmobile in the City of Owatonna only if he/she has in his/her immediate possession a valid snowmobile safety certificate issued by the Commissioner of Natural Resources.

m. It is a misdemeanor to intentionally drive, chase, run over, or kill any animal, wild or domestic, with a snowmobile within the city limits of this municipality.

n. It is unlawful for the owner of a snowmobile to permit the snowmobile to be operated contrary to the provisions of this Ordinance or the laws of the State of Minnesota.

o. It is unlawful for any person to operate a snowmobile in the City after having received a visual or audible signal from any law enforcement officer to come to a stop or to operate a snowmobile in a willful and wanton disregard for such signal or to interfere with or endanger the law enforcement officer or any other person or vehicle or to increase speed or attempt to flee or elude the officer.

Section 725:15. Park and Recreation Programs. Notwithstanding the prohibitions of this ordinance, the Director of Parks, Recreation and Streets shall have authority to supervise and regulate events or programs in connection with events conducted by the Owatonna Park and Recreation Department in which snowmobiles are used. The Director of Parks, Recreation and Streets shall have the authority to designate City parks that are deemed available for the use of snowmobiles.

Section 725:20. Equipment Required.

Subd. 1. All snowmobiles operated within the corporate limits of this municipality shall have the equipment set forth in the sections which follow.

a. Mufflers which are properly attached and which reduce the noise of operation of the vehicle to the minimum noise necessary for operating the vehicle, and no person shall use a muffler cut-out, by-pass, or similar device on said vehicles.

b. A safety or so-called 'dead man" throttle in operating condition; a safety or 'dead man" throttle is defined as a device, which, when pressure is removed from the accelerator or throttle, causes the motor to be disengaged from the driving track.

c. Each snowmobile must have at least one (1) operable headlamp and tail lamp, reflector material of sixteen (16) square inches mounted on each side forward of the handlebar, and brakes conforming to the standards of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

d. Each snowmobile must have brakes adequate to control the movement of, and to stop and hold the snowmobile, under any conditions of operation.

Section 725:25. Parking With Motor Running. No owner or operator shall leave or allow a snowmobile to be or remain unattended on public property while the motor is running or with the keys to start same in the ignition switch.

Section 725.30. Penalties for Violations.

Subd. 1. Penalty. Any person who shall violate any provision of Section 725 of this Ordinance is guilty of a misdemeanor unless such conduct is defined by State Statute as a gross misdemeanor or greater and, in such cases, the punishment authorized by State Statute shall apply.

Subd. 2. Owner's Penalty. A person registered as the owner of a snowmobile may be fined not to exceed $300.00 if a snowmobile bearing the person's registration number is operated contrary to the provisions of this Ordinance.

Eff. 01/02/07

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