Read the Proposal Submitted to the Morristown, VT Selectboard on May 25, 2021
Map to accompany proposal below:
Listen to the 9/21/20 Morristown, VT Selectboard meeting to hear for yourself the scope of ATV access that has been discussed
The discussion of "ATVs on town roads" begins at approximately 15:40
Selectboard meeting minutes from 9/21/2020 are posted here
The 9/21/20 Selectboard meeting notes below have been prepared by concerned citizens (not official meeting minutes) extracted from the publically available YouTube Audio Recording above. Here is a guide to some of the content. The timings may vary from browser to browser.
16:50 Bridge Street and Portland Street up to Main St., Upper French Hill, Cadys Falls, Mud City Loop
18:28 “Everything in place for the beginning of next year”
20:18 Self-policing- Bob Beeman, Selectboard Chair, says “I know that’s a problem for a lot of reasons”. In the prior meeting the SB assured concerned citizens that the Green Mt ATV club’s self-policing would suffice.
23:00 Trombley Hill Frazier Rd Center Rd
24:00 Judy Bickford, Selectwoman, Asking questions about the rules – ages, helmets, insurance etc and some of the replies are not accurate. Operators can be as young as 12. If under 16 years old, the operator must be "under the direct supervision of an individual 18 years of age or older."
25:00 Talking about the entire village…. Not just downtown – Railroad St, Hutchins Union St, Maple St, Cost to taxpayers for signage.
26:00 Open up Rt 12 Union St, Maple St,
28:00 “revenue up in Newport is 70%”…
30:05 “Getting people in town slowly accustomed to ATVs”
30:55 Bob Beeman, Selectboard Chair, “Open a spigot slowly…”
31:22 Gary Nolan, Selectman, is talking about how it’s taken VAST 50 years to get credibility. Talks about VASA’s path toward credibility. “We’ve beenworking on it for 20 years” “We’ve got to take baby steps” “You’ve got to get the population used to seeing these things on the road…”
32:15Oxbow parking lot in downtown Morrisville as a trailhead
34:00 Rail trail - “Newport doesn’t need to deal with a Rail Trail. If 1 ATV goes down that Rail Trail it will be a huge problem.”
39:00 Noise concerns - “I don’t buy the noise argument”
40:30 Bob Beeman, Selectboard Chair, ”There’s a 2-stroke bike that goes by my house on the weekend and it annoys me”
43:00 Brian Kellogg, Selectman, “NH is making big money on this stuff”
Other news:The town is also considering a change to ordinances that would allow ATVs on some town roads. Morristown previously opened a portion of one road, Silver Ridge Road, to ATVs to allow for drivers in neighboring Hyde Park the opportunity to access gas stations along Route 15.
Now, Lindley said the town is planning to draft an ordinance that, if approved, would allow ATVs on a section of roads on the western side of town that could include the area of Mud City Loop and Cadys Falls, thereby giving people driving ATVs access to a portion of the village.
“They’d be allowed to come into the village via Bridge and Brooklyn,” Lindley said, with the likely cutoff being the area of Upper and Lower Main streets.
He expects Morristown’s police department will help draft the new ordinance, and emphasized that that’s all the proposal is right now, a draft.
“None of that is approved yet,” he said, and likely wont be now until next spring or summer with ATV season now winding down.
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