ATV riders approved for county road use
The Lake County Board of Commissioners approved changes to an ordinance which allows ATV riders to use almost any county road to access ATV trails throughout the county.
The only roads maintained by the county that would not be open to ATV traffic would be Fernberg Road from Lake One to Highway 169 near Ely and Highway 2 from County Road 15 to Upland Trail near Toimi.
The board also instituted a 40 mph speed limit for ATVs on county roads, unless the posted speed limit for the road is less than 40 mph.
Commissioner Rick Goutermont and county administrator Matt Huddleston both emphasized that the ordinance could be reviewed and changed as time goes on.
Goutermont also said, "We don't want this to turn into another mode of transportation. The emphasis of this was to get to people to the trails and also, as our trail system expands, I think there is going to be roads we take off this because you have a perfectly good alternative trail right next to it that we expect you to ride on."
Lake County began testing the use of ATV's on Cramer Road, County Road 705 and Mitawan Lake Road in September 2013 and instituted a 40 mph speed limit at that time. The changes to the ordnance were made to open it up to all county roads except for the small sections of Fernberg Road and Highway 2.