Whereas, Illinois statutes provide that municipal authorities may adopt ordinances providing for trails and regulating snowmobile operations with the municipality,




1. Definitions;


a. Snowmobiles: a self-propelled vehicle designed for travel on snow or ice in natural terrain steered by wheels, skis or runners.

b. Operate: To control the operation of a snowmobile

c. Operator: A person who operates or is in actual control of a snowmobile.


2. Regulations: It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a snowmobile under the following circumstances:


a. On private property of another including yard with out the expressed permission to do so by the owner or occupant of such property.

b. On public park property, playgrounds, recreational areas, fairgrounds, and pedestrian sidewalks without the expressed provision or permission to do so by the proper public authority.

c. In a manner so as to create loud, unnecessary or unusual noise so as to disturb or interfere with anyone’s peace.

d. In a careless, reckless or negligent manner so as to endanger the safety of any person or the property of any other person.

e. Without having such snowmobile registered as provided for by statute except that this provision shall not apply to the operation of a snowmobile on the private property of the owner by the owner or member of his or her immediate family/

f. May not operate a snowmobile without a valid driver’s license.


3. Designated areas available for the use of snowmobiles:


a. Snowmobiles may go to the closest perimeter street in order to get out of town. i.e.: Third Street, West Street West Main, (west of Green Street), East Main (east of railroad tracks. At no time may snowmobiles be on the business area of Main Street.

b. Snowmobiles must always yield to other vehicles; get over to allow for cars, trucks, etc. to go around and never to cause a hazard for oncoming traffic.


4. All snowmobiles operated within the Village shall have the following equipment:

a.  At least one white head-lamp having a minimum candlepower of sufficient intensity to exhibit a white light plainly visible from a distance of at least 500 feet ahead.

b.  At least one red tail lamp having a minimum candlepower of sufficient intensity to exhibit a red light plainly visible from a distance of  at least 500 feet to the rear.

c. A brake system in good mechanical order.

d. Reflective material of a minimum area of 16 square inches mounted on both sides of the cowling.

e. Mufflers which are properly attached and which reduce the noise of operation of the vehicle

f. A safety or so called “dead man” throttle in operating condition; a safety  or “dead man” throttle is defined as a device which when pressure is removed from the accelerator or throttle causes the motor to disengage from driving track.


5. Unattended vehicles:


a. It is unlawful for the owner or operator to leave or allow snowmobile to be or remain unattended on any public property while the motor is running, it is further unlawful for the keys to remain in the vehicle  when left on public property.


6. Traffic regulations:


a. A person operating a snowmobile shall strictly observe all traffic signs and signals and all other traffic rules and regulations applicable including vehicle speed limits.

b. Must obey the orders and directions of any police officer authorized to direct or regulate traffic.


7. Any person, firm or corporation violating any provision of this ordinance shall be fined not less that $75.00 nor more than $500.00 for each offense.


8. All ordinances heretofore adopted by the Village of Melvin concerning snowmobiles are hereby repealed.


9. This ordinance shall take effect and be in full force and effect from and after its passage and publication, as provided by law.


Passed and adopted, this 12th day of  January 2016


Ayes:  5 Nays:  0 Absent:  1



/S/ Harold Forbes /S/ Lynn Duke

Village President                                   ATTEST:  Village Clerk