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Town tables ATV ordinance, awaits info

Lakeview’s Town Council continued discussions of an ordinance that would allow the operation of ATVs on certain streets within the Town limits, ultimately tabling a formal decision on the ordinance.

Ambiguous language pertaining to legal highway crossings for ATVs continued to be a point of concern for the Town.  State law says ATVs must cross at a distance of more than 100 feet of state highway intersections.

The Council previously held a work session discussing this law, as questions arose as to whether it referenced the intersection of two state highways, or any intersections, such as non-highway roads.

A previously requested change by the Council was lowering the legal age of riders from 18 to 16 years.

The ordinance is expected to see further discussion at the next Town Council meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, March 25.

In other business, the Council approved closure of streets in the downtown area for the March 15 Irish Days festivities.  Included in this request by the Lake County Chamber of Commerce was the closure of the 100 block of E Street and North 2nd Street between North D and E streets.

During the Mayor/Council/Mgr. updates, Mayor Mike Patrick appointed Bob Kings to the Town Planning Commission.

On a related note, Councilor Sandra Wenzel reported that the Town’s Planning Commission approved a permit for a new residential construction on the lot located on the corner of North 1st and H streets.

Councilor Sharon Faulkner reported on the potential closure of the Schminck Memorial Museum.  To date, a list of more than 40 interested supporters of the facility are e-mailing the Daughters of the American Revolution organization voicing their support for the museum’s continued operation.

Town Mgr. Ray Simms reported on a recent meeting of the Oregon Solutions team, one of 10 around the state that recently convened with the Lake County Commissioners.

Two priorities announced for Klamath and Lake counties in 2015 include $500,000 toward finish work at the Innovation Learning Center and $1.5 million to be shared by the two counties for woodstove change-out and replacement, he said.

A work session will be scheduled for the Town on Tuesday, March 25, with two key agenda items for discussion, Simms said.

The first pertains to forthcoming legislation regarding medical marijuana dispensaries, while the second is regarding Oregon Department of Forestry’s interest in working with the Town on juniper control work in the Bullard Canyon area.

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