Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Lois E. Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

County adopts ATV ordinance


August 17, 2017

The Carlton County Board of Commissioners adopted a county ordinance to allow ATVs to travel on the shoulders of county roads at the meeting of the commissioners on Tuesday, August 8.

The ordinance applies to Class 1 all terrain vehicles, according to the ordinance. The ordinance only applies to county highways and county state-aid highways, not state highways, city streets, township roads or interstates.

ATVs must travel on the extreme right-hand side of the road if a shoulder is not available. The ATV must not be operated at a speed greater than is reasonable or proper under surrounding circumstances, or at a speed exceeding the posted speed limit on the county road for motor vehicle traffic, it was stated in the ordinance.

The ordinance was declared to be in full force upon passage and took effect immediately.

The commissioners also discussed the tax levy for 2018.

In discussions with Dennis Genereau, the Carlton County coordinator, he said the amount to be levied depended upon how many employees would be hired for open positions the following year, the number of buildings to be purchased and other expenses.

The commissioners said they were going to try and keep the levy to a 4 percent increase.

The Finance Committee was to meet after the conclusion of the board of commissioners meeting to discuss the issue further.

It was said the preliminary levy will have to be set later in September, and the final levy set in December.

The board set a closed session right after the meeting to discuss bargaining unit negotiations.


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