Avon roads are not open to ATV/UTV travel at this time

Several Avon residents have had questions regarding the status of town roads being designated as ATV/UTV routes.

IT IS NOT LEGAL to drive an ATV/UTV on town roads at this time.

It is important to recognize that the advisory referendum placed on the April 6 ballot was advisory only.

The new town board must consider all facts and financial implications to continue working through this issue. The new board assumes office on April 20.

Background on the ATV/UTV issue

Following a petition drive by several ATV/UTV proponents, the advisory referendum was the second step in a multi-step process of: 1) taking the pulse of the people regarding ATV/UTV travel on town roads, and 2) determining the best course of action moving forward that balances the health, safety and welfare of all Avon residents.

57% of Avon residents voted in favor of opening roads to ATV/UTV travel. This is a strong signal that the majority of citizens want to see this happen. The town board recognizes this.

At the same time, when the ATV/UTV proponents and town board were negotiating this issue back in December and January, it was mutually agreed upon that a “super majority” of 66% in favor would be needed to immediately push this issue forward. That is because the town will incur additional costs if opening roads to ATV/UTV travel. It is estimated that 25-35 “ATV route” signs will need to be purchased and installed. Estimated cost could range from $2,000 to $4,000. This is not a budgeted expense this year. Additionally, ongoing costs will be incurred as a result of sign repair and/or replacement.

Please be patient as the new town board continues to work through this issue. Creating a new recreational opportunity for town residents must be balanced with fiscal responsibility that takes all township needs into account.

Thank you very much.