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Reed City Starts One Year Experiment to Allow UTV’s in Town

Reed City in Osceola County is kicking off a yearlong experiment to allow UTV’s or Side-By-Sides to drive on city streets. It was agreed to by city leaders and police with an ordinance that went into effect Saturday, June 15.

Brad Doornbos, a UTV owner who was originally came up with the idea, said on summer days it’s nice to be able to get out into town on the UTV. “I could ride my snowmobile into town and gas it up, but I couldn’t my side-by-side and I started asking why and it sounding like there was no big objection,” said Doornbos.

Doornbos and a group of other UTV owners came up with the plan to address the Reed City City Council. They made brochures to pass out with a detailed map of the roads you could or could not drive on.

Lyle Lodholtz, worked with Doornbos on making the brochures. “We sat down, did our homework on it, did the research on it, and looked at some local ordinances around the area and put a proposed ordinance together that we gave to them,” said Lodholtz.

Ron Howell, City Manager for Reed City, said he was impressed at all of the work the group put in. “I think it’s going to be good, like any change or experiment you need to communicate what the rules are and the group really pledged to educate those folks who want to bring in UTV’s.”

Now Reed City residents can ride into town with the windows or doors down

Andy Quinn, UTV owner, said, “It’s going to be nice that we can trail ride all day and come into town and hit up Sunny’s to get a burger, maybe Dairy Queen for an ice cream, and then over to the car wash, gas station and then back out home.”

The experiment is just for UTV’s to be able to ride on the city streets. It does not include golf carts, four wheeler’s or dirt bikes, and the UTV’s still cannot be driven on state roads like Old US Highway 131

On Monday, June 17, the city hosted a kickoff party for the UTV owners. Pictures of the event can be seen below.