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ISSA President Gary
Burger (left) passed the
gavel to Vice President
Jim Willey at the 39th
Annual ISSA Convention
in Okoboji in November.
Succeeding Willey as
vice president is Region
Special Event Permits
Required for Clubs this Winter
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is reminding Iowa snowmobile
clubs which are planning to host snowmobile events this winter to apply for and
secure a Special Event Permit 30 days prior to the date of the event.
To determine if your club’s event requires such a permit, IDNR Snowmobile
Program Manager David Downing said you should ask yourself this: “Is the
public interest manifested in it? If you’ve advertised it and are giving away
prizes, for example, it is a special event,” he explained.
Permit applications are available online through the IDNR’s website at www.
iowadnr.gov. A permit costs $25 and can cover up to 10 days so it may be used
for two weekend events. Anything longer than that, and the club will need to
apply for additional permits.
Downing said clubs also need to be mindful if other jurisdictions are
involved in the event, and this permit system allows for that notification. For
example, if a club is hosting drag races at an airport, the Federal Aviation
Administration should be aware.
“You may have other jurisdictions involved, and they want to know about
what’s going on out there,” he said. “When you sign up for a Special Event
Permit, it does two things: It ships it off to the local jurisdiction and it comes to
me. I wait for comments and then either sign off, deny or add stipulations to it.”
Clubs are allowed to list “no snow” dates on their event applications, and
Downing said the department will work with a club if Mother Nature doesn’t
cooperate. He also clarified that off-season events, such as swap meets, do
not require a permit but grass drags would.
If you are unsure if an event requires a permit, contact Downing at (515) 281-
3449. Failure to secure one carries with it severe consequences.
This is what your windshield should look like this winter if you're an Iowa
resident. The purple tag is the annual registration decal and the yellow tag is
the new IDNR User Permit. The fine for a user permit violation and a registration
violation is $127.50 each. Registrations can be obtained at your local County
Recorder office this year, while the $15 user permit can be purchased from your
recorder or from any retailer selling Iowa hunting and fishing licenses. No
vehicle information is required for the user permit, and you can purchase as
many permits as you like. The user permit is also required for out-of-state riders.
Arriving on the heels of an early winter blizzard, the Floyd County Groomers of
Region 4 unloaded their new Prinoth groomer in Marble Rock Dec. 21. The
second unit was headed onto the Sac County Snow Lovers in Region 6.
Though no fault of their own, ISSA members had to resort to utility vehicles for
their annual charity ride for families of the Spina Bifida Association of Iowa in
Huxley Jan. 13. This was third year in a row poor snow conditions forced ride
organizers to come up with alternative means of transportation for their SBAI