First-year review shows
It’s encouraging news that a one-year review of all-terrain vehicle (ATV) use on Three Lakes town road routes turned up few problems — no talk of property owners registering noise or other complaints, and no major safety issues involving motorists or pedestrians.
The town board’s review proves that with the right rules in place, ATV operators can co-exist with other motorists on town roads. It also shows that ATV enthusiasts are serious about keeping the privilege of riding on town roads, for as a group, they have successfully policed themselves.
While the Three Lakes Police Department logged 46 incidents involving ATVs last year, Police Chief Scott Lea said the majority of operators traveled at the posted speed limits and were either wearing helmets or had access to them.
The biggest change for 2014 will be relaxation of the helmet requirement, which was recommended by the Nicolet ATV?Club as a way to create less work for law enforcement and cause less inconvenience for visiting travelers. However, riders younger than 18 years of age must still wear a helmet.
Missing from the one-year review was any mention of the club’s work toward creating an access route that connects the downtown business district with other communities, namely the town of Hiles and Forest County trails and routes to the east.
The ATV route plan was billed from the start as a way to enhance tourism by bringing outside riders to Three Lakes, where they might use area accommodations, restaurants, taverns and the like. But right now, most ATV riders don’t have access to routes in the national forest because they can’t use Highways 45 and 32.
Hopefully the club is working with the Department of Transportation on the only possible route, using state right-of-way from Crystal Lake Road to a free-standing bridge over Crystal Creek in order to access North Big Lake Loop Road.
Trig’s, volunteer workers
vital to Klondike Days
One of Wisconsin’s largest, most popular winter festivals geared toward families, Trig’s Klondike Days, will draw thousands of people to Rocking W Stables and Northland Pines High School this weekend, March 1-2.
Behind the editorial ‘we’
Members of the Vilas County News-Review editorial board include Publisher Kurt Krueger, Editor Gary Ridderbusch and Assistant Editor Anthony Drew.
|Tuesday, February 25, 2014 11:56 AM|