SECTION 604.01  Definitions:

The following words and terms when used in this Ordinance shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

Subd. 1 Recreational motor vehicle: Any self-propelled vehicle used for recreational purposes and any vehicle propelled or drawn by a self-propelled vehicle used for recreational purposes, including but not limited to a trail bike or other all-terrain vehicle, hovercraft, snowmobile, or motor vehicle licensed for highway operation which is being used for off-road recreational purposes.

Subd. 2 Waterbody: Any body of water in the City, navigable or unnavigable, including Sunfish Lake, Hornbeam Lake and Horseshoe lake, with access to more than one property within the City.


SECTION 604.02  Prohibited Areas and Acts:

It is unlawful for any person to operate a recreational motor vehicle:

a)On private property of another without specific written permission of the owner of said property.  Such written permission, or a copy thereof, must be carried on the person of anyone operating a recreational motor vehicle on the private property of another.

b)On City owned land including school grounds, park property.

c)In a manner so as to create a loud, unnecessary, or unusual noise which disturbs, annoys, or interferes with the peace and quiet of other persons.

d)While under the influence of intoxicating liquor or narcotics or habit forming drugs.

e)At a rate of speed greater than reasonable or proper under all the surrounding circumstances or greater than the posted speed limit, whichever, is lower.

f)At any place in a careless, reckless, or negligent manner so as to endanger or likely to endanger any person or property or cause injury or damage thereto.

g)On any public street, highway, or right-of-way, unless licensed pursuant to Minnesota Law.

h)To intentionally drive, chase, run over, or kill any animal, wild or domestic.

i)Within 150 yards of any public recreational area, church, or dwelling.  This provision does not apply to the occasional use of recreational motor vehicles on private property for the purpose of loading or unloading it from a trailer or for mechanically checking it.

j)Upon any waterbody surface, whether open water or frozen, during all times of the year.


SECTION 604.03  Exception:

Authorized governmental resource management, emergency and enforcement personnel when acting in the performance of their assigned duties shall be exempt from this Ordinance.


SECTION 604.04  Enforcement:

The provisions of this Ordinance shall be enforced by City authorized peace officers and officers of the Dakota County Sheriff's Office.


SECTION 604.05   Penalties:

Violation of any provision of this Ordinance shall be a misdemeanor as defined by Minnesota Statute.


SECTION 604.06 Notification:

It shall be the responsibility of the City of Sunfish Lake to provide for adequate notification of the public, which shall include placement of necessary signs.

(Ord.1997-02, 1/7/97)(Ord. 1997-09, 12/2/97)