Submitted by City of Tenino
The Tenino City Council has just authorized the use of properly licensed and equipped Wheeled All-Terrain Vehicles (WATV’s) on City Streets as authorized by State Law.
The new Ordinance will amend the Tenino Municipal Code by adding a new section that lays out the requirements that each WATV must meet before it may be legally operated on City streets, as well as the conditions and restrictions that must be observed while being so operated.
Mayor Wayne Fournier first proposed the idea in late 2018. “I’ve seen this done in other cities and thought it would be a good option for our residents,” he said. “Many people use theirs to do yard work and whatnot, and it would be very convenient.”
Tenino Police Chief Bob Swain offered that the Tenino Police Department had one and “now that it can be operated legally on the City’s streets, you’ll be seeing a lot more of it!”
Although WATV’s will be legal on the City’s streets, they remain prohibited in the City Park without a Special Events Permit and operators must be age 18 or over, unless they are being used under the authority or direction of an appropriate agency that engages in emergency management or a Law Enforcement Agency.
You can read the full text of the Ordinance by visiting the City’s website, or by visiting City Hall. For more information, you may contact the City Clerk at (360) 264-2368.