Subscribe | E-Editions | River News 75Ę | Super Shopper - FREE | About Us | Contact Us | FREE Classified Ė Items Under $50
The Northwoods River News | Rhinelander, Wisconsin

Flanders Realty Group

home : news : city news
July 21, 2019

6/29/2019 7:30:00 AM
City offers guidance to ATV/UTV operators looking to explore Rhinelander
Heather Schaefer and Jamie Taylort
Of the River News

In the wake of the Rhinelander common council's 6-2 vote Monday evening opening city streets to ATV and UTV traffic, city officials are offering operators some advice as they hit the road.

First, operators need to be aware the new ordinance allowing ATVs and UTVs operators to use city streets will not be in effect until a few final steps are completed.

"According to state law, a city ordinance takes effect upon signature of the Mayor, and publication of the ordinance by the city Clerk," city administrator Daniel Guild wrote in a press release issued June 25. "State law also requires that the entrances to the city be appropriately signed according to rules prescribed by the Wisconsin DNR. City officials hope to have these tasks accomplished by early next week, in time for the Independence Day (July 4) holiday. Until then, ATVs and UTVs operation is not allowed."

Operators can verify that the city is open to ATVs and UTVs by contacting the Rhinelander Police Department at 715-365-5300.

"Rhinelander is believed to be the largest, incorporated city in Wisconsin which has opened the vast majority of its streets to ATV and UTV use," the release notes. "The Ordinance prohibits operation on, and/or crossing Lincoln Street, and North Stevens Street (north of Dwight Street). This ordinance does not apply to county or state highways in the city of Rhinelander."

The release also includes a checklist for owners/operators looking to take advantage of the opportunity to use their vehicles in Rhinelander

• Read the city ordinance. (It is available on the city website: and is set to be published in the legals section of the Tuesday, July 2 River News). Familiarize yourself with the unique rules and restrictions imposed by the city of Rhinelander.

• Make sure you have a valid driver's license and proof of vehicle insurance when you are operating your vehicle within the city.

• Make sure your vehicle has not been altered or modified in any way as to make it ineligible for operation on city streets.

"The Common Council and the community will be watching and judging this experiment in legislation," the release states. "Be respectful of businesses, residences, and neighborhoods. Practice defensive driving techniques and be respectful of other motorized vehicles using city streets. The Rhinelander Police Department will be aggressively patrolling for operator violations during the inauguration of this law. This ordinance is a privilege, not a right. The ordinance can be modified or rescinded by the Common Council at any time."

The city began discussing a possible ATV/UTV ordinance in late November 2018 when the public safety committee held a listening session on the topic. In early April 2019, a draft ordinance was introduced. Two weeks later the council received a report from Guild summarizing community feedback on the draft. In May, the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors sent a letter to the city announcing its support of the ordinance. On Monday, the council held a public hearing where five people spoke on the subject. Four were strongly in favor while one person had strong reservations. When the discussion turned to the alderpersons, it was noted that overall community feedback on the topic was "split". Alderman Ryan Rossing, who said his constituents oppose the ordinance, floated the idea of holding a referendum but no motion to that effect was ever offered.

The council ultimately voted 6-2 to approve the ordinance, with at least two alderpersons advocating for the new rules to be put in place ahead of the Fourth of July holiday.

Article Comment Submission Form
Please feel free to submit your comments.

Article comments are not posted immediately to the Web site. Each submission must be approved by the Web site editor, and meet the comment guidelines (see "Comment Guidelines" at right). There may be a delay of 24-48 hours for any submission while the web site editor reviews and approves it.

Note: All information on this form is required. Your telephone number and email address is for our use only, and will not be attached to your comment.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Last Name:
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.

Advanced Search
search sponsored by

Subscription Login

Today's Circulars
Print-N-Save Coupons
Order photo reprints

Advertising Information

Community Connections
Submit to Newspaper...

Ced Vig's books for sale
Kris Gilbertson's 'I Recall...'

Relay for Life

Reader Poll

Should people be allowed to use the internet to distribute directions for making 3-D printed plastic guns?

Please select one:
I need more information before offering an opinion.
I have no opinion on this question.

View Results
Reader Poll

Do you agree with the School District of Rhinelanderís decision to dismiss football coach Chris Ferge?

Please select one:
I have no opinion.

View Results
Reader Poll

Which of the following best describes your reaction to the Republicans move to curtail the power of Governor-elect Tony Evers and Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul?

Please select one:
I have no issue with it. Itís a normal part of todayís politics.
Itís unconscionable, but Iím confidant the courts will overturn the bills.
Iím OK with it as long as both parties are allowed to do it.
I have no opinion on this question.

View Results
Reader Poll

Which City of Rhinelander elected officials should be recalled?

Please select one:
All of them. The mayor and the entire Common Council.
I would recall the council but keep the mayor.
I would recall the mayor but keep the council.
Everyone but alderman Emmer, as he was just appointed.
Frederickson, Sauer, Holt, Rossing and Larson.
Rog, Kirby and Kelly.

View Results
Reader Poll

Do you intend to apply to attend the Future Rhinelander Academy or to participate in one of the mayorís workgroups?

Please select one:
I'm undecided at this point.
I have no opinion on this question.

View Results

Facebook | All Things | Wisconsin Lottery | The Lakeland Times - affiliate | Winter Road Conditions | Snow/Trail Conditions

The Northwoods River News | Walker Communications, LLC
232 S. Courtney Street, Rhinelander, WI 54501 | Office (715) 365-6397 | Fax (715) 365-6361

Corporate billing office: The Lakeland Times / Lakeland Printing Inc. | P.O. Box 790, Minocqua, WI 54548 | (715) 356-5236 | Fax (715) 358-2121
Members of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, Wisconsin Community Papers, Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce, Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce

Site Design and Content | Copyright 2019 1up!

Software © 1998-2019 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved