OHV Petition Submitted Jan. 3, Protest Received by Town Feb. 6
A statement of sufficiency was issued, signed and sealed February 1, 2019, by Town Clerk Jamie Turrentine, declaring a petition to initiate regulation of Off Highway Vehicles (OHVs) within the Town of Lake City to be valid, with sufficient signatures.
The petition was submitted by initiators John Coy and Larry Iiams on January 3, 2019; the same petition was originally submitted in September, 2018, but was rejected for incorrect language. Turrentine approved the re-submitted petition October 9, 2018 and the petition was circulated for signatures, then rejected again due to a Colorado statutory problem with the mailed petition signatures.
A protest of the petition was filed by two different parties on February 6, and the public hearing is set for February 19 at 5 p.m. in the Armory. According to Turrentine, from the January 3 filing date, there was a 40-day waiting period during which time the petition could be protested. The 40-day waiting period ends February 11.
The petition reads: “I sign this petition in my own signature for the adoption of an ordinance to repeal Section 20-76 of Article IV of the Municipal Code of the Town of Lake City regulating the operation of off-highway vehicles within the Town of Lake City and adding a new Section 20-78 to Article IV of the Municipal Code of the Town of Lake City prohibiting the use and operation of off-highway vehicles within the Town of Lake City.
Except as provided for in section 20-77 of Article IV of the Municipal Code of the Town of Lake City, no off-highway vehicle, as the same is defined by CRS 33-14.5-101 et seq., shall be used or operated upon or within any street, highway, alleyway, sidewalk, pathway or other public thoroughfare within the territorial limits of the Town of Lake City.
The adoption of any new ordinance allowing the use or operation of any off-highway vehicle on or within any street, highway, alleyway, sidewalk, pathway or other public thoroughfare within the territorial limits of the Town of Lake City shall be decided by the registered voters of the Town of Lake City at a regular or special election.”
A total of 21 signatures were required to deem the petition sufficient, satisfactory and acceptable; 43 total signatures were collected. None were rejected.
At the public hearing February 19, the petition may be determined to be sufficient and would move forward to a special election. The town would have no less than 60 days and no more than 150 days to hold the election, which could be as late as August, 2019.