2018-07-05 / Community

Police chief says no problems so far with ORVs on streets

By Ben Muir

HARBOR BEACH - The police chief in Harbor Beach was steadfast in saying there are no problems with a recent ordinance that allows off road vehicles on city streets.

The chief, Todd Bucholtz, said Monday that he has seen no problems since Ordinance #225 was put into effect Wednesday, June 20, which authorizes off-road and all-purpose vehicles on city streets.

“The golf carts have been pretty decent,” Bucholtz said about the ordinance, which also allows vehicles such as ATVs and recreational side-by-sides.

The ordinance comes with 13 restrictions, which include, among others, that ORV operators must be at least 18 years old, they may not operate on a state trunk line, must not exceed 15 mph and must wear a helmet. Operators must have an ORV license through the state and they may not be used 30 minutes before sunset and 30 minutes after sunrise. Violating any provision may result in a civil infraction, according to ordinance language.

In other Harbor Beach news, the city council approved a resolution at a meeting Monday to buy a rundown house so it can perform demolition related to the transaction. The city is going to pay about $3,212 to purchase the property located at 403 Lytle Ave. on the city’s north side, continuing an effort by the city to get rid of structures that haven’t been up to code.

“I don’t know how I want to express it, but it is one total mess,” Councilman Robert Swartz said concerning the Lytle Ave. property. “I don’t know if even the rodents would want to live in it. That is what we’ve found. It was unbelievable.”

Ron Wruble said the house has been vacant for years with taxes going unpaid for nearly a half-decade. He said the city will be able to buy the property in August.

“As soon as paper changes hands,” Wruble said, “I’m sure we’ll start taking bids to go and get it taken out.”

In the meantime, Wruble said, he is going to look for grant money to offset the bill.

In other new business, the council approved the following resolutions.

Resolution 2018-78, approving a PA 116 enrollment.

Resolution 2018-79, which approves an additional $16,773 in reconstructing 282 feet of Nelson St.

Resolution 2018-80, approving a request from Zion Lutheran to repair the alley beside their church and school, costing $3,325.

Resolution 2018-82, approving wage increases for five, part-time employees in the Parks and Recreation Department.

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