In an effort to bring its ATV/UTV ordinance more in line with those of Dubuque County as a whole, along with those of Jones County, the Cascade City Council approved a few changes to its ordinance during its Monday meeting.

Council member Andy Kelchen, who serves on the ATV/UTV Committee, explained the committee’s recommendations to the council. “In order to try to include Jones County and Dubuque County, since we’re in the middle of two counties, we talked about the hours of operation.”

He explained that Jones County and Cascade each allow 24-hour operation, and that Jones County does not require a reflective flag, while Dubuque County does. “To allow people to come in from Jones County, we are removing our flag ordinance,” said Kelchen. “But we’re adding in there that headlights have to be on during all hours of operation, to become more visible. It’s under the understanding that if you were to leave town via Dubuque County, that it requires a flag a foot over the top of the cab, so you have to follow Dubuque County ordinances if it’s outside the Cascade city limits.

Cascade is also dropping the need for inspections, as other counties require a Department of Natural Resources sticker be on the back of the vehicle, and that the owner shows proof of ownership through the county treasurer if they don’t have one.

Cascade is also maintaining its 18 years of age requirement to operate such a vehicle.

“We took bits and pieces from both counties and made it applicable for the City of Cascade,” said Kelchen.

Council voted 4-1 to approve the first reading of the ordinance and wave the second and third readings. Council member Bill Hosch voted against it, saying that he favored adding some sort of preamble to the ordinance stating that while manufacturers don’t endorse using ATVs/UTVs on hard-surfaced streets, the City of Cascade is not promoting their use on streets.

For golf carts, the fee was reduced to $20 for two years, and they may also be used 12 months out of the year, but not during inclement weather that may include snow or heavy rain.