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County commissioners explore possible ATV ordinance during June

Tuesday, June 7, 2005

With the safety of local citizens in mind, the Clay County Commissioners will explore the possibility of drafting an ordinance regarding usage of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), moped scooters and helmet requirements for next month's meeting.

Commissioners David Parr, Daryl Andrews and Charlie Brown met during their regular June session Monday morning. While addressing the topic of ATVs on county roads, their conversation turned to public safety.

ATVs are used for agricultural purposes, but as Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton told the Commissioners, officers have fielded a number of calls from rural residents regarding inappropriate use.

"I support it if it's for the intended use," the Sheriff said. "We get so many complaints."

Most calls are reporting minors damaging county roadways, and the surrounding counties have established ordinances governing ATV use.

"If they're doing it in a safe manner - no problem," Heaton said. "Now the kids are out of school, they have more free time."

The Commissioners also discussed the placement of stickers encouraging helmet usage on equipment.

"I'm a big supporter of helmets," Andrews said, and pointed out the county does not have to permit ATV drivers to use county roads.

The Commissioners regularly meet at 9 a.m. the first Monday of the month in the Commissioners Court at the Clay County Courthouse. Meetings are open to the public.

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