Salem Town Board doesn’t act on ATV routes

atv-sxc-Michal-Zacharzewski-webThe Salem Town Board on Monday chose to take no further action regarding designating ATV routes on some town roads.

The lack of action came after a last round of citizen comments on both sides of the issue during Monday’s regular Town Board meeting.

Last Tuesday, a referendum asking whether residents wanted to allow ATV use on designated town roads failed: No 2,352 to Yes 1,835.

Proponents and opponent of allowing ATV routes spoke during citizens comments.

Proponents pointed out the referendum was advisory and urged the board to still take action on the ATV routes, since a sizable number, if not a majority, of residents voted in favor of the routes.

“It’s not illegal if the board votes it in,” said Mike Langel, a ATV route proponent and the town’s municipal judge. “There are hundreds of places in Wisconsin that it is legal.”

ATV route opponents pointed out that most people in the high turnout referendum opposed the routes.

“I’m asking you to do what the town’s people told you to do,” said Kaet Johnson.

The board itself dealt with the issue quickly when it came up on the agenda. Chairman Diann Tesar said the board would not take action on the issue to “honor” the voice of the majority in the referendum. The board did discuss the issue at a Committee of the Whole meeting last Wednesday.

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