Advocates of allowing use of ATVs on Salem town roads have presented the Salem Town Board with proposals for designated routes in three enighbrohoods as a starting point for allowing wider use of the vehicles.
The board discussed the issue at a committee of the whole meeting Monday night.
Casey said after meeting with the state Department of Natural Resources on the issue, that it was suggested that the town focus on a few routes to see how it works before throwing open more access to ATVs.
Town Chairman Diann Tesar said she had planned to ask the residents favoring ATV use to develop some routes, but the residents beat her to the punch by bringing the route in.
The proposed routes are located in the Val-Mar subdivision, the Timberline neighborhood along Center Lake and the Salem Oaks and Lake Montgomery neighborhoods.
The board and Casey said they would like to take some additional time to review the routes. When all routes and restrictions such as speed limits are decided on, Casey suggested having a public hearing where all neighborhood residents could view the proposal and voice their opinions.
“I think you need to hear from all of these neighborhoods,” Casey said.
Whatever regulations might be created would be enforced by the town, said Salem Public Safety Officer David Shortess. He said his conversations with the DNR indicated that extensive signage will be necessary, which he estimated to cost about $5,000.
The ATV advocates said they are willing to raise money to pay for needed signage.