Effort To Revive ATV Trails Underway In Lewis County
Some Lewis County legislators are trying to fine tune a plan to open up miles of land in southern Lewis County to ATVs.
That, after the legislature defeated the first version of the plan, which involves 30 miles of new trails, with a tie vote earlier this week.
"I think that with some tweaking we can fix this issue, and hopefully everyone will be satisfied with the results," said Jack Bush, the chairman of the legislature.
Legislator objections center on the details of the new trails: in some cases, legislators believe there are too many roads and not enough off-road trails involved. And some roads connect to other roads rather than trails, which could open up the county to lawsuits.
"We've got some sue happy people out there who hate ATVs and we want to eliminate any possible angle that they might sue the county," said Bob Diehl, the county's trail coordinator.
Diehl is trying to line up more homeowners in the West Turin - Constableville area willing to let ATVs on their property.
"I think if the trails were to go from road to trail to road to trail, some of those no votes would turn to yes votes," said Bush.
Saturday, May 18, 2013, Watertown, NY
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