ATVs get OK from city

Angie Riebe via  Mesabi Daily News  Mountain Iron

ATVs are made to take off-road.

But getting to trails sometimes requires a route along roadways.

All-terrain vehicles will now be able to operate more within Mountain Iron City limits.

The city council Monday approved an ordinance that allows ATVs to access businesses, residences and make trail connections via city streets.

The ordinance mirrors one already in place for St. Louis County, said Mayor Gary Skalko. “It extends it to city roads.”

The city has been in communication with the Quad Cities ATV club, he added.

The ordinance provides for the operation of ATVs on the road right-of-way shoulder, or inside the bank or slope of a city street if safe operation in the ditch or outside slope is impossible.

It will be helpful for both residents and visitors who use ATVs, particularly to access trails, Skalko said.

In other business:

  • The board appointed three Mountain Iron Fire Department officers: Ryan Pontinen, assistant fire chief; Deven Rowe, captain (training); and Dan Ronchetti, captain (safety).
  • Authorized staff to advertise for temporary seasonal summer employees in the areas of public works, public utilities, parks and recreation and public library. The list of potential employees will go to the council for final approval.

The city is also seeking applications for summer coaches and umpires. All applications must be received by May 5.

  • Tabled the Parks and Recreations Board’s recommendation to dedicate the western ballfield at the Mountain Iron Recreation complex as the Larry Nanti Filed. The recommendation was tabled because councilor Joe Prebeg Jr., who is on the board, was not present, Skalko said.