The Salem Town Board was willing to give further consideration to a citizen request that a town system of approved ATV routes be established.
Melva Stockwell spoke about the issue at Monday’s regular Town Board meeting.
Though she called herself more of a participant in “quiet sports” like bicycling, Stockwell said others in town are interested in ATV use and that regulating it would be better than allowing it to remain an outlaw use.
“I just think it would be a lot safer if it had some control of it,” Stockwell said. “It would be a nice addition.”
Stockwell suggested that all town roads with a speed limit of 35 mph or less be designated as legal for ATV use.
About 40 people attended to express support for Stockwell’s request.
“I didn’t know there were this many people in Salem who were interested in this,” Supervisor Mike Culat said.
Town attorney Richard Scholze said the Town Board would have to pass an ordinance designating any routes.
If ATV routes were designated, Stockwell said she would think that clubs of ATV enthusiasts would form, much like snowmobile clubs currently in the area.
The board ultimately decided to further consider the issue at the Committee of the Whole meeting in May.