After a 2-hour public hearing, the Silverton Town Council on Thursday night voted to take no action on three initiative petitions to force a vote on OHV use of town streets.
All three ballot measures will now go to voters in an election yet to be scheduled.
A large majority of those speaking at the public hearing were in favor of keeping the town open to OHVs.
And Mayor Chris Tookey urged petition sponsors on all sides to stand down and withdraw their petitions.
Citizens Initiative A would open all town streets to OHVs, Citizens Initiative B would instead close all town streets to OHVs, and Citizens Initiative C would leave the existing routes in place and authorize the council to alter them as needed. Town Clerk Michelle Hamilton has certified that all the petitions met the requirements to force an election on the draft ordinances unless the Town Council approves them as written.
Voting in favor of the motion were trustees Jess Wegert, Malcolm MacDougall, Tiffany deKay and Mayor Chris Tookey.
Voting no were trustees Pete Maisel, Larry Gallegos and Barb Renowden.
Town officials noted that under Colorado law and the Citizen Initiative process, the trustees could only have approved one of the measures, and the other two would have automatically gone to a ballot anyway.
Town voters approved the use of ATVs on some town streets in a 2014 vote, by a margin of 58 percent to 42 percent.