The above map shows the streets in Silverton that will be open to OHV use as of May 31 under a town ordinance passed by the Town Council on Monday, April 28.
ATVs and unlicensed dirt bikes will be able to cruise some Silverton streets starting on Saturday, May 31, following the Town Council’s final approval of an ordinance Monday night.
And the off-highway vehicles will face no curfew — at least for now, as the Town Council unanimously approved making the temporary off-highway vehicle routes used for special events last summer permanent.
In the April 1 town election, a ballot measure to allow OHVs on designated routes was approved by a vote of 243-179 (58 percent to 42 percent).
The Town Council action Monday night effectively implemented that ballot measure.
Among the big concerns expressed by some Council members and the public Monday was that OHVs would stray from the designated routes.
Town Administrator Brian Carlson said that probably 20 to 30 road signs will be needed to satisfactorily mark the streets open to OHVs.
And Carlson said other issues remain to be dealt with, including staging areas and parking for rigs with trailers hauling OHVs.
“There are still some loose ends,” Carlson told the Town Council. “Staging stands to be a pretty sticky issue.”
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