Silverton voters will now be facing at least two ballot questions in the April 1, 2014 election regarding the use of off-highway vehicles on town streets.
Town Administrator Brian Carlson said petitions circulated by Jim Lokey and Kevin Baldwin of Silverton included a total of 46 signatures, thereby qualifying for the ballot. Some 32 signatures are needed to bring a measure to a vote.
The ballot measure asks voters to allow year-round use of the ATV “special-event routes” established this summer.
The Lokey/Baldwin ballot question reads as follows:
“Shall the Town of Silverton permit ATVs, OHVs and unlicensed motorcycles YEAR-ROUND ACCESS to the ‘special OHV-event routes’ adopted via Ordinance 2013-02?”
OHVs are currently banned on all town streets except the bypass and staging area access routes. But the Town Council allowed their limited use for three “special events” this summer.
With the certification of the initiative petition as adequate, the Town Council has the option of adopting an ordinance to that effect or to bring the matter to voters.
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