Two subdivisions get ATV regulations
by Jazz Clark
Representatives of two subdivisions went before the Morgan County Commission with petitions to prohibit all-terrain vehicles within their developments on Thursday, January 24.
Property owner’s associations from both Chestnut Grove and Cold Spring Forest had a majority of voting members favor ATV regulation.
The communities will adopt the same ordinance as on public county roads, generally prohibiting all vehicles such as 4-wheelers, go karts and dune buggies on subdivision roads.
“It’s a liability issue,” said Mike Stark, president of the Chestnut Grove Association. “The trouble is enforcement, and this gives us a little bit of leverage in case we have an issue.”
A document is already in place which says no unlicensed vehicles are allowed, but the ATV ordinance may give them more power to enforce regulation.
Commissioner Bob Ford, who was present for the signing of the county’s ATV ordinance in 2004, said Morgan was the first county in the state to pass such an ordinance.
“I just wish people had common sense,” Ford said. “It’s a safety issue, too.”
As on state roads, riding an unlicensed all-terrain vehicle on the subdivision roads will now result in fines of $100 to $500.
Commissioner Stacy Dugan made the motion to approve petitions for both communities and it was seconded by Ford.
The commissioners approved a bid for $3,550 for a new wall-mounted digital projector for the county commission room.
Installation will be done by LDH Electrical Contractors of Falling Waters.
“We got a quote from LDH because they already are familiar with how the building is wired,” said County Administrator Jody McClintock. The contractor originally wired the new courthouse.
The Dell projector will have internet and high quality video connectivity. Warranty is good for two years on the equipment.
“This is a good, middle-of-the-road projector,” said Vince Cichocki, facilities director. “It isn’t the cheapest, and certainly isn’t the most expensive. It’s an all-around good value.”
A projecting screen is already mounted in the room. Wireless connectivity isn’t included, but could be added at an additional cost.
The installation will be done as soon as possible.
“We wanted this done yesterday,” said Commission President Brad Close.