On Sunday night, two snowmobiles went through Hidden Valley Park where it abuts the back yards of the Valley Pond townhouses on the south edge of the pond. They then cut through the back yards of two of our neighbors. I took the above photos of the snowmobile tracks yesterday afternoon.
Robbie phoned the Northfield Police Department’s non-emergency number to report the incident. The person she spoke mentioned that city ordinance did allow for snowmobile use within the city limits to get to and from designated snowmobile trails. So I checked the Northfield municipal code and found out that it’s pretty restrictive. These sleds were definitely in violation:
Sec. 78-207. – Unlawful operation.
It is unlawful for any person to operate a snowmobile, for recreational purposes, within the city, except as provided in section 78-208.
(Code 1986, § 735:05)
Sec. 78-208. – Lawful operation.
It shall be lawful to operate a snowmobile within the city only when:
(1) Traveling to or from designated snowmobile trails on roadways designated to travel to and from designated snowmobile trails. Those roadways are Maple Street, Ames Street, Jefferson Road, roadways which run parallel to any railroad tracks and any roadway that is the most direct route to such streets, on the ditch bottom or outside of trunk county state aid and county highways when highways are within the city;
(2) Operating at speeds not to exceed 20 miles per hour; and
(3) Obeying all motor vehicle laws and ordinances.
In the three years we’ve lived here, this is the first time this has happened, to my knowledge.
Is anyone else experiencing problems with snowmobiles within the city limits?
Any members of the Waterford Warriors Snowmobile Club reading this blog who could comment about the club’s rider education and self-policing efforts?