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City Ordinances:  Burning- ORV-Waste Containers - Peddlers 


The city ordinance states that you can only burn grass clippings or brush in the city if you have a burn barrel or an approved incinerator. There is no burning of garbage allowed. During the months of October, November, April and May you may burn grass clippings and brush without a permit. Any other time, a burning permit is required from the Fire Chief.

ORV's  City of St. Ignace
Ordinance #624
An Ordinance to amend Ordinance No. 616, Section 8, All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Illumination Requirements, to reintroduce Chapter 32, Section 4, pursuant to Act 240 of Public Acts of 2008, and to authorize and regulate the operation of Off Road Vehicles (ORVs) on roads in the City of St. Ignace for the purpose of providing penalties for the violation thereof.


– As used in this ordinance, the following definitions shall apply:

a. “City” means the City of St. Ignace.
b. “Driver License” means an operator’s or chauffeur’s license or permit issued to an individual by the secretary of state under chapter III of   the Michigan vehicle code, 1949 PA 300, MCL 257.301 to 257.329, for that individual to operate a vehicle, whether or not conditions are attached to the license or permit.
c. “Operate” means to ride in or on, and be in actual physical control of the operation of an ORV.
d. “Operator” means a person who operates or is in actual physical control of the operation of an ORV.
e. “ORV” means a motor driven off road recreation vehicle capable of cross-country travel without benefit of a road or trail, on or immediately over land, snow, ice, marsh, swampland, or other natural terrain. ORV or vehicle includes, but is not limited to, a multi-track or multi-wheel drive vehicle, an ATV, a 3-wheel, or 4-wheel vehicle, and an amphibious machine. For purposes of this ordinance, no unlicensed motorcycles are permitted.
f. “ATV” mains a 3-, 4-, or 6-wheeled vehicle designed for off-road use that has low-pressure tires, has a seat designed to be straddled by the rider, and is powered by a 50cc to 1,000cc gasoline engine or an engine of comparable size using other fuels.
g. “Street/Highway” means the entire width between boundary lines of every way publicly maintained when any part thereof is open to the use of the public for purposes of vehicular travel.
h. “ Council” means the City Council for the City of St. Ignace.
i. “Safety certificate” means a certificate issued pursuant to 1994 PA 451 as amended, MCL 324.81129, or a comparable ORV safety certificate issued under the authority of another state or a province of Canada.
j. “Visual supervision” means the direct observation of the operator with the unaided or normally corrected eye, where the observer is able to come to the immediate aid of the operator.

SECTION II - An ORV may be operated on the far right of the maintained portion of a road within the City to access former Wisconsin Central Railroad right-of-way between South State Street on the Southeast and the city limits on the northwest from dawn until dusk without an operational headlamp or taillight. The timeframe for such usage is from April 15 through November 30 unless the City Police Chief determines that a reasonable temporary change is necessary for the public safety and/or welfare.

SECTION III – An ORV may not be operated on the road surface, roadway, shoulder of right-of-way of any state or federal highway in the county. 

SECTION IV – Except as set forth herein or otherwise provided by law, an ORV meeting all of the following conditions may be operated on a road or street in the City, pursuant to restrictions of Section II:

a. at a speed of no more than 25 miles per hour or a lower posted ORV speed limit, or in a careless manner.
b. by a person not less than 12 years of age.
c. with the flow of traffic.
d. in a manner which does not interfere with traffic on the road or street.
e. traveling single file except when overtaking and passing another ORV.
f. while displaying a lighted headlight and lighted taillight at all hours.
g. while the operator and each passenger is wearing a crash helmet and protective eyewear approved by the United States Department of Transportation unless the vehicle is equipped with a roof that meets or exceeds standards for a crash helmet and the operator and each passenger is wearing a properly adjusted and fastened seat belt.
h. with a throttle so designed that when the pressure used to advance the throttle is removed, the engine speed will immediately and automatically return to idle.
i. while the ORV is equipped with a spark arrester type United State Forest Service approved muffler in good working order and in constant operation.
j. pursuant to noise emission standards defined by law.

SECTION V. – A child less than 16 years of age shall not operate an ORV on a road in the City unless the child is under the direct supervision of an adult and the child has in his or her immediate possession a Michigan issued ORV safety certificate or a comparable ORV safety certificate issued under the authority of another state of province of Canada.

SECTION VI. – Unless a person possesses a valid drivers license, a person shall not operate an ORV on a road or street in the City if the ORV is registered as a motor vehicle and is either more than 60 inches wide or has three wheels.

SECTION VII. – Any person who violates this ordinance is guilty of a municipal civil infraction and may be ordered to pay a civil fine of not more than $500, plus costs as ordered by the court.

SECTION VIII – A court may order a person who causes damage to the environment, a road or other property as a result of the operation of an ORV to pay full restitution for that damage above and beyond the penalties paid for civil fines.

SECTION IX: Conflicting Provisions: Any ordinance or part of an ordinance in conflict herewith are subordinated hereto and this ordinance shall be deemed controlling.

SECTION X: Severability: Should any section of this ordinance be declared by any Court to be invalid, the case shall not affect the validity of the remaining portion of such section of the ordinance or part so declared to be invalid.

SECTION XI: Effective Date: This ordinance should become effective ten (10) days after its enactment and after it publication.

ADOPTION: 8/16/2010 

Waste Containers:  Sec. 24-38

Placement of containers for collection

SECTION 1: - Every tenant, lessee, or occupant of any premises where garbage is created shall provide such premises with sufficient receptacles to contain garbage and rubbish until such time as garbage shall be collected for disposal. 

"Receptacle" shall be defined to mean:  A mold (molded) garbage receptacle with a tight-fitting lid.  Should the use of any particular type of container by a resident result in recurring instances of scattered garbage, debris and resultant unsanitary and unhealthful conditions, the city manager may require the tenant, lessee or occupant to replace the receptable being used with a more suitable type.

SECTION 2: - All such containers for garbage or rubbish shall be equipped for easy handling and shall not be filled above the top edge thereof, or so as likely to spill their contents either from bottom, side or top, when being picked up and dumped into the collecting conveyance.  Receptacles that are badly broken or otherwise fail to meet the requirements of this article may be deemed to be rubbish by the city or waste collector, and after due notice to the users, be collected as rubbish by the waste collector.

SECTION 4: - Rubbish and garbage receptacles shall be placed in a location convenient for the collection, no earlier than 12 hours before the regularly established collection time, which location shall be one that is accepetable to the contract hauler, and shall be placed in such location in a manner that will not cause a nuisance or create a public eye-sore, and such empty receptacles shall be removed and returned to the private property of the owner or occupants of the premises from which they were placed for collection, within 12 hours after collection and no later.

SECTION 5:- Garbage and rubbish shall be enclosed and sealed in one or more plastic bags prior to placement in the hard-sided container for pickup.  Such bags shall be of sufficient size and weight to prevent loss during transfer from garbage container to waste hauler's truck.  No person shall place garbage in receptacles provided for the accumulation of garbage without first draining, provided this shall not apply to restaurants, hotels and other places where food is handled commercially.  Garbage containers placed out for pickup shall not exceed 50 pounds in weight and 32 gallons in volume.

For More Information on the City of St. Ignace - Waste Container Ordinance, please contact City Hall:  906-643-9671


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