Section 415 Automobile Races, Tractor Pulls,
Demolition Derbies and Other Motorized Activities of a Like Nature
Held At the Steele County Fairgrounds. Eff. 7/19/2005
Section 415.00: Findings and Purpose. The city is concerned that the operation of automobile races, tractor pulls, demolition derbies and other motorized activities of a like nature, held at the Steele County Fairgrounds, within the city can lead to excessive traffic, visual and environmental impacts on the city, and increased need for public safety resources. Eff. 7/19/2005 The city finds that these activities negatively impact surrounding properties and other outdoor activities within the city through the generation of excessive traffic and through generation of excessive noise emitted from traffic, races, speakers, participants and spectators. The purpose of this Ordinance is to regulate such activities in order to protect the health, safety, and general welfare of the general public and surrounding properties.
Section 415:05. Definitions. For the purpose of this Ordinance, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
Steele County Fairgrounds. Premises located at 1575 South Elm Avenue, Owatonna, Steele County, Minnesota.
Event. Automobile races, tractor pulls, demolition derbies or any other motorized activities of a like nature held at the Steele County Fairgrounds. Eff. 7/19/2005
Section 415:10. License Required. No person shall operate any automobile race, tractor pull, demolition derby or any other motorized activity of a like nature at the Steele County Fairgrounds without first obtaining a license from the city. Eff. 7/19/2005
Section 415:15. License Application. An application for a license to operate automobile races, tractor pulls, demolition derbies or any other motorized activities of a like nature at the Steele County Fairgrounds shall be made by completing an application form provided by and containing such information as required by the City Administrator. Eff. 7/19/2005
The application must be accompanied by a calendar of events planned for the entire year. The applicant must include, but is not limited to, a description of the type of event, the number of anticipated spectators, security measures to be provided by the licensee, whether fireworks will be displayed, and any other information deemed by the City Administrator to be reasonably necessary in determining whether or not to grant the license.
Section 415:20. Standards for Issuance. A license to operate automobile races, tractor pulls, demolition derbies or any other motorized activities of a like nature at the Steele County Fairgrounds shall be granted by the City Council when, in consideration of the application and from such other information as may otherwise be obtained, the City Council finds that the following conditions are met: Eff. 7/19/2005
Section 415:20, a.
a. The proposed use complies with all applicable state and city zoning, building, fire, health, and sanitation regulations.
b. The City Council determines that the applicant has adequate plans for insuring compliance with the regulations of this Ordinance.
c. There are sufficient parking places near the fairgrounds to accommodate the number of vehicles reasonably expected.
d. The City Council determines that the event planned for the fairgrounds in the proposed location on the proposed date(s) will not be detrimental to the health, welfare, or safety of the citizens of Owatonna.
e. The City Council determines that the applicant has adequate plans for insuring the safety and security of participants, spectators and the citizens of Owatonna.
f. The Council may grant any licenses subject to such conditions as it deems appropriate to protect the health, welfare, and safety of the community.
Section 415:25. License Requirements. Except as otherwise provided herein, all licenses issued under this section are subject to the following conditions and limitations:
a. Proof of licensing for the use of fireworks must be provided with the application or approval by the City Council at least one month prior to the event.
b. The licensee shall be responsible for the conduct of the business being operated and shall at all times maintain conditions of order.
c. All licenses shall have at all times a valid certificate of insurance issued by an insurance company licensed to do business in the state indicating that the licensee is currently covered for operation of the automobile race, tractor pull, demolition derby or any other motorized activity of a like nature held at the Steele County Fairgrounds by a liability insurance policy. The minimum limits of coverage for such insurance shall be $1,000,000 combined single limit. Eff. 7/19/2005
d. Such insurance shall be kept in force during the term of the license and shall provide for notification to the city prior to terminating or cancellation. A certificate of insurance shall be filed with the city.
e. The licensee hereunder shall comply with all license conditions and with all applicable laws and ordinances.
Section 415:25, f.
f. Except as otherwise provided herein, all licenses issued under this section are subject to the following conditions and limitations, except during Steele County Fair week:
i. No race, heat or event shall commence after 10:30 p.m.
ii. No race, heat or event shall continue after 11:00 p.m.
iii. All spectators, drivers, and employees must be off the grounds or premises by 12:00 midnight.
iv. Each licensee shall deposit with the City Administrator $500.00 in certified check, cashier's check or cash, with application for license, at least one (1) week prior to the commencement of the event, to be forfeited at the rate of $500.00 for each one-half hour or portion thereof that any event commences after 10:30 p.m. or continues after 11:00 p.m.
g. Special events on any weekday or weekends and displays of fireworks which are not on the calendar submitted with the application may be approved by the City Administrator on a case-by-case basis, at least one week in advance of the special event. Application for these events must be made on a form provided by the city and are subject to a special permit fee to be established from time to time by the City Council.
Section 415:30. Duration of License. A license to operate automobile races, tractor pulls, demolition derbies or any other motorized activities of a like nature at the Steele County Fairgrounds shall be effective for the period set forth in the license, not to exceed one year. Eff. 7/19/2005
Section 415:35. Revocation of License. Any license issued under this Ordinance may be revoked, after a hearing before the Council, if the license holder does not comply with the provisions of this Ordinance, or any condition attached to the issuance of the license.
Section 415:40. License and Permit Fees. The fees for any license or permit required under this Ordinance shall be established by the City Council from time to time.
Section 415:45. Law Enforcement Officer in Attendance at Activities. The licensee shall provide for the attendance during the event of one (1) or more law enforcement officers as determined and approved by the Steele County Sheriff. Licensee shall pay the cost of officers so assigned. Eff. 7/19/2005