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Johnsburg board says no to ATVs on town roads

— Additionally, Vanselow said, he was concerned there would be confusion if the board approved the law. Some might think that the town was allowing ATVs on all town roads, Vanselow cautioned.

Councilman Gene Arsenault said he was opposed to the law because of the potential for damage to town roads and the expense to taxpayers.

“I don’t believe we want to open the roads,” Arsenault said. “…It opens a host of issues that we can’t deal with.”

Councilman Arnold Stevens said he is an ATV rider and has been for 25 years. He rides on two sets of trails but he trailers his ATV and tows it between trails, he said.

“Just because I bought an ATV 25 years ago, I don’t think the town owes me the right to ride my machine on town roads,” Stevens said.

Councilwoman Katie Nightingale said she thought there were still too many questions about the proposal and expressed concern that many still don’t fully understand what’s being proposed.

“I’m concerned people don’t understand that they’d have to open their private lands to the public,” Nightingale said. “We’d be opening a can of worms.”

When Vanselow called the vote, Arsenault, Stevens, Nightingale and Vanselow voted “no” leaving Olesheski as the lone “yes” vote and the proposal failed.

The Johnsburg Town Board meets next on Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Wevertown Community Center.

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