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Oneida to consider Hwy. A?for ATVs?
By Anthony Drew
New-Review Asst. Editor

The Oneida County Public Works Committee could make a final decision as early as this Thursday on whether or not to open Highway A between Three Lakes and Sugar Camp to all-terrain vehicle (ATV) travel.

The proposal to open the road was put forward be the Three Lakes Nicolet ATV?Club, which held a public informational meeting last week to discuss the matter with area residents and Oneida County Highway Department commissioners.

Highway Commissioner Freeman Bennett said safety will be the primary factor when he makes a recommendation to the public works committee this week.

“The very most important thing on safety is, of course,

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 7:05 PM


+14 #2 2013-06-12 13:21
I admit, that really suprised me that they would take a vocal poll. I know if I had been able to attend, I would have been nervous about raising my hand since the ATV Club has been very vocal and has used dubious tactics against those that are opposed.
+13 #1 Kirstie Larsen 2013-06-12 02:33
The reports I received of the meeting indicated there was more testimony against ATV use of CTH A due to safety considerations than supporting comments. It is typical of the ATV community to use straw poll votes during public meetings to try to demonstrate support for their position--usually late in the meeting when only supporters are left to raise their hands. I am surprised that the Oneida County Highway official would quote these "votes" at all. It is not within their jurisdictional prudence to consider raising of hands as a "vote"--it is a tactic the ATV club has used from the start. Please consider dialing back to appropriate public participation protocol. Maybe I don't agree with the outcome for Three Lakes allowing ATV routes, but I would like to not be embarrassed by the obvious bully tactics of the club and subsequent acquiescence of our elected and appointed public officials.

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