Per Village of Black Earth Ordinance 10.05 Licensing and Registration of
(1) Registration Required. No person
shall operate a bicycle upon any street, sidewalk, public property,
bicycle pathway or public highway within the Village unless said bicycle
shall first have been properly registered and an identification tag
attached as hereinafter provided. Persons found in violation of
this section shall be subject to a forfeiture of Ten ($10.00) Dollars.
Citations issued shall be issued on Uniform Municipal Citations.
(2) Forms of Registration.
(a) Identification. Every owner of a
bicycle shall list and register the bicycle with the Police Department
on a form as provided by the Department or Village Clerk's Office.
(b) Period of Registration. The license
period shall be indefinite as long as the registrant owns the bicycle.
(c) Owner to Register. The licensing
authority shall not register any bicycle which it knows or has
reasonable grounds to believe is not owned by or lawfully in the
possession of the applicant.
(d) License to be Attached to Bicycle.
All licenses shall be attached to bicycles upon issuance of said license
and shall remain with that bicycle for the life of that cycle. All
bicycles must be registered with the Black Earth Police Department.
The license issued is good for as long as said bicycle is in the
possession of registrant. Upon sale of bicycle, within the Village
of Black Earth, re-registration is required. Purchaser of bicycle
is held responsible to seek re-registration from the Black Earth Police
Department. Bicycles registered during the "Bicycle Safety and
Registration Program may be registered for a reduced fee.
(e) Tag. On receipt of payment of
registration fee herein provided for, the Police Department shall
provide a suitable identifying license decal tag or plate, serially
numbered to correspond with the registration number. The owner
shall affix said license decal or plate to a location as specified by
the Police Department on the frame of the bicycle for which the license
decal or plate is issued.
(3) Records and Transmittal of Fees. The Police
Department shall keep at its office a suitable book and duplicate record
of applications and registrations. A complete report shall be made
to the Clerk-Treasurer by the Chief of Police of funds received for
bicycle registration fees, and all such fees shall be paid to the
Clerk-Treasurer for deposit as Village revenues.
(4) Bicycles to be Kept in Safe Condition. No bicycle
shall be registered which in in a unsafe mechanical condition. The
Chief of Police shall have authority to suspend the registration of and
remove the identification tag from any bicycle or to impound any
bicycle, operated contrary to any State law or Village ordinance, or
operated in unsafe mechanical condition. Such suspension and
removal or impounding shall continue for a period not to exceed ten (10)
days, but the registration shall not be reinstated or identification tag
replaced while such bicycle is in unsafe condition. Such
suspension and removal shall be in addition to other penalties provided
for in Chapter 10 of the Village Code of Ordinances.
(5) Change of Ownership. Bicycle licenses shall not
be transferable. If a licensed bicycle is sold, transferred, or
given away, the holder of the existing bicycle license must notify the
Chief of Police or Village Clerk-Treasurer of such sale or other
transfer in writing within seven (7) days of the sale or other transfer.
Upon the sale or other transfer of a licensed bicycle, the new owner of
the bicycle shall obtain a new bicycle license within thirty (30) days
from the date of sale or transfer, provided that the new owner is a
resident of the Village.
(6) Registration to be Displayed. The identification tag
issued under this section shall be affixed to the registered bicycle so
as to be plainly seen and read and shall remain so affixed until ordered
removed by the Police Department for cause, or until expiration of the
(7) Exemption from Registration. Any non-resident may
operate a bicycle in the Village which is duly registered in another
municipality without obtaining Village registration if a valid unexpired
identification tag of such other municipality is attached thereto or
such other municipality does not require registration.
(8) Removal and Alteration of Identification Tags.
(a) Removal Prohibited. No person
shall remove an identification tag, from a bicycle during the period for
which issued except upon transfer of ownership or when the bicycle is
dismantled and no longer operated upon any street or highway within the
(b) Alteration Prohibited. No person
shall alter or counterfeit any bicycle identification tag.
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