ATV Controversy Erupts Again In Constableville
James Street and High Street in Constableville are usually pretty quiet, with only a few trucks and cars at any given time of day.
But officials hope to add ATVs to the mix. It's an attempt to drum up a few more customers for local businesses.
"It would help the businesses," said Mayor Grant Moshier.
"Actually, it would help the village," he said. "I mean, the people -- four-wheel people -- buy houses here in the village, pay taxes, pay school taxes, upkeep their houses.
"We're king of a small dying village," he said.
The controversy is nothing new. A year ago the village opened the roads to ATVs, but a lawsuit filed by some residents put an end to that.
The suit questioned whether the village had the authority to open the roads to ATVs.
This time around, officials hope they've answered those questions.
"We believe we've got it done right this time, yes," Moshier said.
That didn't stop some residents from voicing their questions and concerns at a public hearing Wednesday night.
One of the residents behind the original lawsuit was there, armed with a petition with 19 names -- all people who live on the two roads and who oppose ATVs using them.
She declined to comment on camera, but did tell officials to expect another lawsuit if the village moves forward with its plan.
The next step is a vote by the village board vote later this month.
After that, it might be up to the courts to decide when or if ATVs will be seen on those streets.
Thursday, April 24, 2014, Watertown, NY
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