Feelings Mixed on New ATV Trails in Lewis County
Julie and Stan Hutchins think Southern Lewis County is paradise. Now they say ATV enthusiasts should have the same experience.
"I've got my bit of heaven but they deserve it, too," said Julie Hutchins, a West Turin resident.
The Hutchins are among over a dozen West Turin residents agreeing to open their land to all terrain vehicle traffic.
The new trails are already marked off, and are connected by officially designated roads.
"Our hope someday is to have the whole county connected through trails and this us just another piece of the puzzle," said Lewis County Legislator Rick Lucas.
Opponents of Lewis County's trail development complain that instead of using roads to connect trails, it uses trails to connect roads - an approach that has been ruled illegal.
One opponent, Bruce Krug, called this latest expansion, "another sham deal", but declined an on-camera interview.
"We feel that we've done it right and done things legal, so if they want to challenge, so be it," Lucas said.
The Hutchins, and others, hope that well-regulated ATV traffic will jump start the local economy.
"We're southern lewis county and we need revenue!" Julie Hutchins said. "There's only a few that will abuse it, and I hope they don't ruin it for everyone else."
"It'll help with the economy and everything," Stanley Hutchins added.
County lawmakers may approve the new trails this week and officially designate the roads in August, in plenty of time for this year's ATV season.
Saturday, May 25, 2013, Watertown, NY
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