Granby Board considers ATV ordianance
The communities of the high Rockies have unique traditions when it comes to non-traditional modes of transportation.
Horses are not uncommon means of travel and more than a few communities, like Grand Lake, allow snowmobiles to operate within town limits at specific times of the year. Currently the Town of Granby is considering an ordinance to allow all terrain vehicles (ATVs) and other off highway vehicles (OHVs) on streets within the community. The ordinance is being considered at the request of Janet LaBrake, wife of former Granby Town Trustee Charlie LaBrake who passed away over the New Years weekend.
LaBrake approached the Town Board with a request to consider allowing four wheelers and other OHVs within specifically designated areas of Granby. LaBrake explained her desire to allow OHVs on Granby streets stems from the plowing work she does during winter months. LaBrake uses a four-wheeler for her plowing operations and asked the Town to pass an ordinance that would allow her to move from one plowing location to another on her four-wheeler.
The issue came before the Board in early March and was discussed again during the Tuesday April 12 meeting. On Tuesday this week Granby Town staff presented the Board with a draft ordinance that would allow four-wheelers on about five different streets in town. The ordinance outlined what sort of requirements Granby is considering for the operation of four-wheelers on town streets.
The draft ordinance presented Tuesday night requires anyone operating a four-wheeler in Town be at least 16 years old and be the holder of a valid driver’s license. Additionally the draft ordinance outlined specific safety equipment features, such as headlights and taillights, the Town is considering as part of the measure.
The Board of Trustees did not approve the ordinance Tuesday night though the broad consensus of the Board appeared to approve of the general idea of allowing four-wheelers on town streets. Town Manager Wally Baird explained the town still needs to determine how any town roads that allow for the operation of four-wheelers will interface with County Roads that surround the community.
Several Town Trustees expressed their desire to see a map of Granby that details what roads are proposed for the allowance of OHVs. Granby Town Attorney Scotty Krob pointed out that several communities that allow OHVs on their streets additionally limit the operation of OHVs to specific hours of the day and in certain cases allow only individuals over 18 years of age to operate OHVs on town streets.
“The ordinance does not currently contain those limitations,” Krob said. He explained such limitations could be added though at the request of the Board.
The draft ordinance did contain a stipulation that allows maintenance vehicles, used for the maintenance of parks, sidewalks, golf courses and other public spaces, to operate even on streets not specifically designated for OHV travel. Granby Town Manager Baird pointed out the draft ordinance would not allow snowmobiles to travel on town roads at any time.
The ordinance is expected to be back on the Board’s agenda during future meetings.
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