This map shows proposee ATV/off highway vehicle routes in Greene.
The Silverton Town Council, in a 6-1 vote, has approved the first reading of an ordinance giving the Town Council authority to allow off-highway vehicles on designated routes in town for “special off-highway events.”
The ordinance faces a public hearing and a final Town Council on June 10.
Town Trustee Malcolm MacDougall was the lone dissenter. He had argued for language that would have given the council more flexibility to allow ATV use in town.
In February, the Town Council granted permission for off-highway vehicle use on some town streets for two special events this summer.
The Rocky Mountain Adventure Riders motorcyclers plan to be here July 24-28, and that group includes some unlicensed off-road motorcycles.
And an ATV rally is scheduled here Aug. 7-11.
Town officials see the events as comprising a test to gauge the impact of allowing ATVs on town streets.
The ordinance before the Town Council would require the ATVs to abide by the town’s traffic code and designated routes, as well as authorize the sheriff’s office to enforce the rules.
“I’m OK with this,” said Trustee Pat Swonger. “The whole purpose of this was for a trial. This is a real fair way to address it.”
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