LAKE IN THE HILLS – In order to reduce the amount of noise coming from off-road vehicles, the village is considering a new ordinance near residential areas.
The police department has had complaints from residents for continuous operation of off-road vehicles in residential areas around the community.
Chief of Patrol Services David Brey said the issue has been periodically popping up around town for about a year.
Brey added many of the incidents have occurred during the daytime on weekends, “especially during the summer when people have their windows down.”
He said a key problem area has been around the intersection of Pyott and Algonquin roads.
The department tried to resolve the issue with voluntary compliance, but it did not have a long-lasting effect, according to a staff memo written by Director of Police and Public Safety James Wales.
“This is an issue that arises from time to time in other areas within the community as well,” Wales wrote.
Wales is proposing the village prohibit the use of off-road motor vehicles, such as mini-bikes, all terrain vehicles and snowmobiles, where sound can be heard from 100 feet from the property line and the noise disturbs the peace and comfort of the neighboring property.
The Village Board is scheduled to consider the proposed rules at its meeting Thursday.
The ordinance will be complaint driven, Brey said.
If an officer sees someone operating an off-road vehicle in a residential area, the person won’t be stopped.
However, if there is a complaint about the noise, then the officer will investigate and give a warning or a citation.
Brey said when a new ordinance is enacted, the police department usually gives a warning first and documents the incident. If there is a second call, a citation would be issued.
The penalty for violating the ordinance would be at least $100, Brey said.
The proposed ordinance would exclude agricultural vehicles being used for agricultural work, or work being done by public agencies in response to weather emergencies.
What: Lake in the Hills Village Board
When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday
Where: Village Hall, 600 Harvest Gate