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Surprised county chair misunderstood ordinance PDF Print E-mail

Letter to the Editor:

I am a frequent visitor to Vilas County. This year, my wife and I have rented a home for several months and have plans to permanently relocate here.

I attended the Tuesday, May 28, county board meeting, mostly out of curiosity. The county board chairman’s opening remarks about the all-terrain vehicle (ATV) ordinance surprised me. He stated that the passage of this ordinance would not affect the 2004 resolution. He stated this ordinance only allows ATVs on Highway D in the town of Lac du Flambeau. He stated it would not affect any other county roads in other towns.

As the discussion evolved, the high school representative from Lakeland Union High School read a section of the ordinance which clearly stated the opposite. The ordinance stated that “any existing ordinances, codes, resolution or portions thereof that are in conflict with this ordinance shall and are hereby repealed” and “county trunk highways designated as ATV routes shall be established and approved by Vilas County Board of Supervisors.”

Apparently, the chairman was trying to deceive the public or is not aware of the legalese of the ordinance. How could a county chairman misunderstand the language of the ordinance, yet a high school student could?

John Hess

Evanston, Ill.

and Eagle River

Tuesday, June 04, 2013 4:14 PM

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