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Vote means ATV routes could spread across Vilas PDF Print E-mail

Dear Editor:

All-terrain vehicle (ATV) routes on Vilas County highways are within less than three weeks of an up-or-down vote at the Vilas County Board meeting scheduled for May 28.

Thanks to the swift and quiet creation of an ordinance draft currently speeding its way through two Vilas County committees, this May 28 vote is almost certain to take place.

This new draft ordinance completely supersedes the 2004 Vilas County resolution preventing ATV operation on Vilas County lands and forests.

Here is part of the new ordinance language allowing this new proposed ordinance to sweep away the 2004 resolution, “Any existing ordinances, codes, resolutions or portions thereof that are in conflict with this ordinance shall be and are hereby repealed as far as any conflict exists.”

This new proposed ordinance then goes on to designate a stretch of seven-tenths of a mile on County Trunk D in the town of Lac du Flambeau as an ATV route. In future, any ATV group asking for ATV routes on other county roads in other Vilas County towns need only have their request properly included on any county board agenda for a vote, and ATV routes can spread rapidly throughout Vilas County.

For Vilas County voters and homeowner/taxpayers who do not favor ATV routes in Vilas County, I urge you to call or write your county board member prior to May 28, and as many others as you can reach, and urge a no vote on this proposed ATV route ordinance at the May 28 Vilas County Board meeting.

You can find county board members’ addresses and telephone numbers at the following website address,, where you then click on the link Officials at the top of the screen and then click on Board Members, where you will find contact information for all 21 Vilas County Board members.

Alan Drum

Presque Isle

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 1:35 PM


-31 #1 2013-05-27 18:37
They have allowed ATVs to drive on the road in front of our house for about a year, they go by one or two a week and cause no problems. There are always a few who don't follow the law, but most people follow the rules. In short they do not seem to bother anyone around here.

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