The Silverton Town Council, in a 5-2 vote, decided to open town streets to off-highway vehicles for the third special event this year, this time Sept. 5-9.
The move came in the council’s regular session, following a one-hour public hearing on OHV use and the two recent special events in which they were allowed to use some streets.
Trustees Pat Swonger and Karla Safranski voted against allowing all-terrain vehicles to use streets during the additional special event, a gathering of the Colorado Quad Runners.
“I have mixed feelings about it,” Swonger said. “The concept was that we’d do a test. Now we’ve done two tests. I’m not sure they’re tests anymore.”
He was referring to the Town Council approval of the earlier special events, which were characterized as an experiment to gauge the impact of ATV use of town streets.
Swonger pointed out the Quad Runners group expects 15 adults and 22 ATVs for their rally.
“Is it worth it?” Swonger asked.
Trustee Malcolm MacDougall said that the Sept. 5-9 event could be particularly helpful in the town’s efforts to gauge the economic impact of the ATV traffic..
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