The Bristol Village Board agreed to check out an ordinance that will enable ATV/UTV/golf cart use on village streets.
The board mentioned the difficulty at Monday’s common assembly. The problem was positioned on the agenda after the village obtained a petition with about 50 signatures supporting the change.
At the moment, ATVs and golf carts are unlawful to function on village roads. The village doesn’t have jurisdiction over county, state and US highways, the place ATV and golf cart use is also prohibited.
Village workers and public security representatives on the assembly weren’t in favor of the change.
Fireplace Chief John Niederer mentioned he has seen first hand severe crashes involving ATVs.
“We don’t advocate using ATVs on the roadways,” Niederer mentioned “Within the curiosity of public security we don’t assume it’s a good suggestion.”
Village administrator Randy Kerkman mentioned he felt permitting ATV/golf cart use on village streets would require a difficult schooling effort to tell residents the place ATV use was applicable and enhance the workload of the village-assigned sheriff’s deputy.
“We have now a tough sufficient time for our deputy to implement the legal guidelines for normal autos,” Kerkman mentioned. “I simply assume it’s going to be extra of a headache. I don’t help it presently, until the board approves it.”
Sheriff’s Division Capt. Robert Hallisy, mentioned he echoed Niederer’s considerations. Then when an viewers member identified that ATV use on native roads is frequent in northern Wisconsin, Hallisy mentioned “We’re worlds other than up north … I’m a public security particular person and I feel if we transcend neighborhoods, the chief and I might be selecting up lifeless our bodies.”
Hallisy, whose division additionally patrols Paddock Lake, identified Paddock Lake does enable golf carts on most village roads north of Freeway 50. The Sheriff’s Division supervises the allowing and inspection course of there.
However Paddock Lake additionally has declined to develop to permit ATV use, Hallisy identified.
Wheatland has some designated areas the place ATV use is allowed on city roads.
Village President Mike Farrell and Trustee Carolyn Owens mentioned they have been against ATV/golf cart use on village roads.
“I simply assume there’s simply an excessive amount of recommendation in opposition to it,” Owens mentioned after Niederer, Kerkman and Hallisy spoke. “It’s simply too scary to consider it. There’s all the time going to be somebody to abuse it. It’s a tough factor.”
However different trustees appeared extra favorable towards permitting some type of ATV/golf cart use.
“I feel it’s actually difficult as a result of there are individuals who use it and actually take pleasure in it,” mentioned Trustee Chris Leker. “I’m not certain they need to be punished for the potential motion of others.”
Trustee Kris Kordecki was vital of the county’s prohibition of ATVs/golf carts on county highways.
“The county’s going to allow you to journey your bike on county roads however not ATVs?” Kordecki mentioned, apparently referring to an ongoing agenda merchandise about an settlement with the county on bicycle use on county highways.
Trustee John McCabe identified the general public on the petition stay within the Lake George neighborhood. He recommended drafting an ordinance that will restrict ATV/golf cart use to sure applicable neighborhoods or areas.
McCabe additionally recommended tabling the proposal till there was a particular ordinance the board may assessment. Two viewers members that spoke in favor of ATV use have been requested to assist develop that ordinance.
On the finish of the dialogue, Farrell mentioned he may have the ability to help an ordinance limiting ATV use to sure neighborhoods.
“I’m not saying I’m in favor of this but,” Farrell mentioned.