The Times West Virginian

March 28, 2013

Country Club Estates hopes to ban ATVs

By Debra Minor Wilson
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Residents of Country Club Estates appealed to the Marion County Commission Wednesday evening to help ban ATVs in that community.

Douglas Shaver, a member of the CCE Homeowners Association, told the commission that people joyride on the streets and on private property.

“It’s also damaging the Ices Run Water Tower, which causes flooding,” he said.

“It’s a safety issue. People drive at high speeds, and it’s dangerous to drive your car or walk on the roads.”

The association is turning to the commission to enact an ordinance to prohibit use of dirt bikes and ATVs.

The problem would be enforcing the ordinance, said commission president Randy Elliott.

“You also have to be careful when you start telling people what they can and cannot do. You must be clear. What you pass, you have to live with.”

Would golf carts be included, for example, he asked.

The roads are orphaned and the association takes care of much of the maintenance, Shaver said.

The association needs to present a written petition signed by a majority of the 75 members to the commission, said assistant prosecuting attorney Chuck Shields, who also acts as the commission’s attorney.


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