The Silverton Town Council has scheduled a public hearing for Monday, Jan. 28, to consider lifting the state prohibition of off-highway vehicles on town streets on a temporary basis this summer. The hearing is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Two groups of ATV enthusiasts have asked the town to temporarily lift the ban on ATVs.
ATVs and unlicensed off-road motorcycles are allowed on county roads but not on town streets. The town has established a staging area at the Silver Lakes Campground to facilitate riders.
Town Administrator Jason Wells told the council last week that he met with representatives of the Rocky Mountain Adventure Riders, a motorcycle group that includes mostly licensed vehicles, but some unlicensed bikes. That group was hoping to have the town lift the ban for a weekend event planned for this summer.
A second group of Polaris ATV enthusiasts also wants the town to be open to ATVs for their rally this summer.
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