Blandinsville and Industry approve ATV usage

(NEWS3) — Two villages in McDonough County passed ordinances this week to allow the use of utility vehicles.

The Village of Blandinsville and the Village of Industry approved for ATV, UTV and golf cart usage during their monthly board meetings.

Officials on both village boards said the ordinance was drafted after people were driving around on the vehicles while they were banned.

Blandinsville trustees voted to not charge a fee or require registration to operate the vehicles. Village President Marilyn Moore said drivers must attach a slow-moving vehicle sign to the vehicle. The board set a 20 mile-per-hour speed limit for anyone driving in the village.

Moore said the utility vehicles can cross U.S. Route 9 at Chestnut, Main, Golfview, Ross and Harrison streets but driving on U.S. Route 9 will be prohibited.

Industry trustees voted to charge residents $40 to register for a permit. Village attorney Chuck Laegeler said permits can be renewed yearly for $20. Laegeler said residents can register a half-hour before monthly village meetings at the Kiwanis building, which are held on the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m.

Laegeler said vehicles will be able to cross U.S. Route 67 at Downen and Price streets. He said vehicles can only be driven between 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Industry’s ordinance will require drivers to drive at a minimum speed of 25 miles-per-hour and a maximum speed of 35 miles-per-hour.

Laegeler said all utility vehicles must have a slow moving vehicle flag, sign or plaque visibly shown. The vehicle will be inspected by a village board member and will be required to have headlights and taillights.

Drivers must be at least 16 years old and have a valid driver’s license to operate the vehicles in both villages.

Both ordinances go into effect Jan. 1.