[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of Grant County 10-2-1972 (Ch. 15 of the Grant County Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
It is the desire of Grant County to provide efficient and equitable controls over the use, operation and registration of snowmobiles within this County, and to accomplish this purpose the County Board adopts the provisions of Chs. 350 and 346, Wis. Stats., made applicable to snowmobiles together with County regulatory rules governing the operation of snowmobiles on County lands and snowmobile trails established thereon.
Except as otherwise specifically provided in this chapter, the statutory provisions describing and defining regulations with respect to snowmobiles in the following enumerated sections of the Wisconsin Statutes are hereby adopted by reference and made part of this chapter as if fully set forth herein. Acts required to be performed or prohibited by such statutes are required or prohibited by this chapter.
The Standing Committee on Law Enforcement jointly with any other committee it determines to be affected shall conduct an ongoing evaluation of the need for snowmobile trails, areas and facilities in this County and shall report its findings together with recommended action to the County Board. In the event the County Board determines that snowmobile trails, areas, and facilities should be developed, built or maintained or that leases of private land or easements to cross private lands should be acquired, the Standing Committee on Law Enforcement shall be responsible to take the necessary action to carry out the County Board directives.
All plans to develop or maintain snowmobile trails and facilities or to acquire leases, easements or private property for snowmobile utilization shall be submitted sufficiently far in advance of February of each year to permit due consideration of the plans by the Board prior to any action to adopt all or any part of the plans. If the County Board adopts all or any part of the plans, a copy of the approving resolution together with a request for appropriate grant in aid funding shall be submitted to be received by the Department of Natural Resources on or before February 1. Because sufficient aid funding may not be available for County aid requests, all legal documents concerning easements, leases and land purchases shall be, unless otherwise ordered by the County Board, specifically conditioned to provide a right of cancellation without penalty in the event that the aid funding requests are denied in part or in total. All development and facility projects, unless otherwise ordered by the County Board, shall not be commenced until approval of the grant in aid requests for such projects has been granted by the Department of Natural Resources.
The Law Enforcement Committee shall prepare a detailed statement of costs incurred by Grant County in the enforcement of Ch. 350, Wis. Stats., in the preceding year. This statement shall be presented to the County Board with an attached resolution which seeks approval of the statement and contains a clause requesting state reimbursement aids pursuant to § 350.12(4)(a)4. This statement and resolution shall be prepared and submitted to the County Board in a timely manner so that, if approved, they may be transmitted to the Department of Natural Resources to arrive on or before February 1.
The Law Enforcement Committee shall submit an annual report to the County Board and the Grant County Highway Safety Commission concerning snowmobile accidents occurring in the County during that year. This report shall analyze the apparent cause of the accidents and where possible shall recommend corrective action. This report shall be considered together with any related reports or information furnished by the Snowmobile Recreation Council.
In addition to the other responsibilities set forth herein, the Standing Committee on Law Enforcement shall explore the possibility of utilizing lands owned or leased by the Department of Natural Resources for snowmobile trails, facilities or areas. Should such land be available, the Standing Committee on Law Enforcement shall request approval of the County Board to enter into an agreement with the Department of Natural Resources to utilize those lands, and any costs or expenses therefor should be submitted to the Department of Natural Resources as a grant in aid request to arrive on or before February 1 of the year the aid is sought.
The forfeiture for violation of any provision of this chapter is as provided for in § 350.11, Wis. Stats., plus statutory costs. Any law enforcement officer in Grant County can issue a citation for violation of any of the provisions of this chapter. The citation shall contain the information required by § 345.11, Wis. Stats. The District Attorney's office is authorized to handle the prosecution of any citations issued for violating this chapter.
Except as provided in Subsection B(3) and (4) of this section, any person who violates any provision of this chapter and who, within the last three years prior to the conviction for the current violation, was two or more times previously convicted of violating the same provision of any Wisconsin Statute adopted under this chapter can pay a cash deposit of $500 plus statutory costs.
Any person who violates § 350.12(3j), Wis. Stats., which is adopted under this chapter can pay a cash deposit of $1,000 plus statutory costs.
A person who violates § 350.101(1)(a), (b) or (bm) or 350.104(5), Wis. Stats., which is adopted under this chapter can pay a cash deposit of $400 plus statutory costs. If the violator is under age 19 years, the violator can pay a cash deposit of $50 plus statutory costs.
The County Clerk shall forthwith transmit a copy of this chapter to the Department of Natural Resources and to the clerk of each city, village or town within this County.