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Lake in the Hills approves off-road vehicle rules

Published: Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 8:54 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 11:39 p.m. CDT

LAKE IN THE HILLS – A new ordinance aims to help keep the amount of noise down from off-road motor vehicles.

The Lake in the Hills Village Board on Thursday approved new rules for off-road motor vehicles in town.

Under the new rules, the village prohibited the use of off-road motor vehicles, such as mini-bikes, all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles, where sound can be heard from 100 feet from the property line and the noise disturbs the peace and comfort of a neighboring property.

For about a year, the police department has had complaints from residents for continuous operation of off-road vehicles in residential areas around the community.

Many of the incidents have occurred during the daytime on weekends, especially during the summer when people have their windows down.

The department tried to resolve the issue with voluntary compliance, but it did not have a long-lasting effect, according to a staff memo written by Director of Police and Public Safety James Wales.

The ordinance is meant to be enforced when a resident complains about the noise.

If an officer sees someone operating an off-road vehicle in a residential area, the person won’t be stopped, police officials have said. However, if there is a complaint about the noise, then the officer will investigate and give a warning or a citation.

The ordinance excludes agricultural vehicles being used for agricultural work, or work being done by public agencies in response to weather emergencies.

Those who violate the ordinance would face a fine of at least $100.

In other action, the Village Board approved the purchase of 480 additional tons of rock salt.

This winter’s icy and snowy conditions have started to deplete the village’s salt supply, according to a memo written by Village Administrator Gerald Sagona.

The village already planned to purchase 2,400 tons of salt for this winter. The additional 480 tons of salt will cost a little more than $28,800.

Public Works Director Fred Mullard said the village has not yet run out of salt.

“This is just making sure we have enough to get us through the season,” Mullard said.

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