ATV ordinance premature
without gauging support
Short of gauging public opinion with a new referendum, the Vilas County Board is headed down a slippery slope in proposing an ordinance that allows all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) on county highways.
There remains enormous sentiment in Vilas County against expanded use of ATVs in what many call Wisconsin’s premier lake country. Water resources, both lakes and streams, are what currently drive the tourism industry.
The county board has not measured public opinion since 1994. But when it did, the vote against the use of county highways, county land and county right-of-ways for ATVs was of landslide proportions — 5,457 against and 3,200 in favor.
That being said, it’s hard to believe the board is considering