continued Opponents of the proposal raised several concerns at the meeting regarding the proposed law. Lack of enforcement, liability for the town and owners of private trails, as well as the difficulty and cost of maintaining trails all gave the board pause. Mr. Steve Ovitt, a former New York State forest Ranger, believes it would be impossible to regulate illegal use and that, due to the high risk of accidents, the town would open up both itself and those with trails on their property to unnecessary lawsuits. Highway Superintendent Daniel Hitchcock noted that maintaining road shoulders is already a problem, and that ATV use would only make it worse. He also said steep roads are easily damaged by ATVS, and it would be costly to repair any damage.
The board decided that more public input on the proposed law is needed before they reach a decision on whether or not to approve it. More information on the issue can be found at www.johnsburgny.com, in the town board’s July 17 minutes.