The Blue Earth City Council has tentatively approved enacting new regulations relating to individuals who operate special use vehicle, such as ATV’s and Golf Carts, on city streets.
At Monday night’s meeting, the Council approved the first reading of an ordinance designed to better clarify the proper use of such vehicles in response to ongoing safety issues which have surfaced within the community. Blue Earth Police Chief Tom Fletcher was among those who noted concerns with young people, in particular, not following basic traffic laws while operating such vehicles on city streets.
Under the new guidelines, the owner/operator of certain special use vehicle could be subject to a fine and or possible jail time for failing to comply with the new mandatory requirements.
The Council also approved an agreement with the Minnesota Department of Transportation for grant funding for designated improvements at the City Airport.
Following the regular council meeting, the Council went into special session to act on a Letter of Resignation submitted by Councilman Dan Warner, who is vacating this position as he and his family will be moving outside of the Blue Earth City Limits. Upon further reviewing the Letter of Resignation, the Council voted to declare and official council vacancy and to immediately begin advertising to fill the position.