NORTH OGDEN -- The city has decided not to hold a public hearing about legalizing the use of ATVs on city streets, but residents still will be able to comment about the issue at today's city council meeting.
The council was going to set a public hearing for tonight until Councilwoman Martha Harris pointed out that the city council should be unanimous about calling for a public hearing rather than just one council member requesting it.
Harris said it costs about $400 to advertise for a public hearing; therefore, a majority should vote on the validity of a hearing before it is set.
She said the ATV issue did not require a public hearing at this point and residents still could voice their opinions during the city's public comment time.
The council will discuss the issue today and decide if it wants to vote on an ordinance. If the council decides to make it an ordinance, a public hearing has to be held before that can be adopted, Mayor Richard Harris said.
Councilman Ron Flamm requested the first public hearing after the council tabled the issue, because he felt there could be a use for street-legal ATVs and that there might be quite a few residents who would like the legalization.
"As I thought about it, it seems like we are always trying to limit people's rights, and this gives us a chance to expand rights," Flamm said in regard to allowing ATVs.
He talked about how he puts a snowplow on his ATV and clears driveways in the winter.
"When I do that, as the law is right now, it is illegal," Flamm said.
Other council members said they weren't opposed, but like the idea of needing a majority to call for a public hearing.
Flamm agreed, and said as long as residents can speak to the issue when it is discussed at tonight's meeting, it should work.