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OHV action taken by Price council

Sun Advocate reporter

On Sept. 30, Price City Council took action regarding a long-running problem that involves home owners and off road vehicle (OHV) riders around North Price. For some time, OHV users have ridden on the hills near Third East. Area home owners have become unsettled by the noise and dust the vehicles produce and are thus petitioning Price City Council for action.

Jack Bonaquisto, who represents homeowners in the area, was present. He made it clear that he simply wants no motorized traffic in the area because of the annoyances. However, because the riders in question are typically on private land, questions arose about what the city could actually do in terms of posting signs and enforcement.

"This is a private property issue. I don't have a comfort level in getting involved with this," said Councilman Richard Tatton. The city can enforce trespassing on private property, but posting signs can be a tricky issue since it is typically left up to the land owner. However, Bonaquisto, who has appeared before the city council four times, has been pushing for a stronger law enforcement presence in the area.

Police Chief Aleck Shilaos indicated that when police encounter riders, they advise them to stay at least 300 feet away from homes. According to resident Mr. Nickas, this distance is far too close.

"300 feet is not enough with all the noise and dust. Those machines, they'll drive you nuts up there," said Nickas.

In a compromise measure, the council decided to post new signs in the area, as well as to undertake a media campaign to educate riders about where they can and cannot ride.

Bonaquisto, who has indicated that he simply wants the problem solved, said that some of the individuals have been riding in the area for years. While he believes the problem is not getting better, he also made it known that he doesn't want to call the police every time a problem occurs.

Mayor Piccolo, who was in support of the educational campaign, had other items to present to the council. One such item concerned the city's street lights.

Price City has about 1,100 street lights that currently rely on high pressure sodium bulbs. These lights cost $250 a piece. While they are relatively cheap compared to 1,200 LED lights, they are much less efficient. Although no action was taken, the mayor voiced his support.

"We need to think of long term investments. In 10 years, the savings could be over $600,000."

In closing, it was noted that an open city laborer position received 100 applicants that will be reviewed. The open cemetery and grounds supervisor position has generated over 50 respondents and will close in mid-October.

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