Salem ATV route opponents surface

atv-sxc-Michal-Zacharzewski-webAn organized opposition to establishing ATV route on Salem streets emerged at Monday’s regular Salem Town Board meeting.

Sue Milligan spoke on behalf of what she says is a group of people gathering signatures on a petition opposed to establishing ATV routes on town roads.

“We are strongly opposed to any ordinance that allows ATV use on town roads,” said Milligan, a 42-year resident of the Val-Mar subdivision in Trevor.

Her opposition to the proposal centers on safety, Milligan said.

Residents led by Melva Stockwell approached the board in April about allowing ATV use on designated town roads. The proponents of ATV said they felt establishing rules would increase safety. They also said they would help establish proposed routes, which they did present at the May Committee of the Whole meeting.

The town had decided to hold a session devoted to gathering public opinion on the ATV issue on July 21 at 6 p.m. at Town Hall.

Monday, town Chairman Diann Tesar said before the meeting that she would not allow citizens comments on the topic at Monday’s meeting, instead deferring it to the July 21 meeting. But she later relented and let Milligan speak.

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