Ray Dileo/Silverton Standard & the Miner
ATV operators on 14th Street last weekend, when some town streets were
open to the vehicles for a special event.
A ballot initiative is in the works for the April 1, 2014 town election that would ask Silverton voters whether they want to allow OHV use on town streets, aside from already-allowed truck bypass and the OHV staging area at Silverton Lakes Campground.
Town officials approved the ballot language Tuesday for the petitions being circulated by John Wright and Brent Westlund of Silverton. Wright opposes OHVs in town and Westlund is a proponent.
OHVs are currently banned on all town streets except the bypass and staging area access routes. But the Town Council has allowed their limited use for three “special events” this summer.
The petitioners now have 180 days to gather at least 32 signatures to get the measure on the April 1 ballot. That represents 5 percent of the town’s registered voters.
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