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Lewis County legislators agree to allow three-day ATV pass

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LOWVILLE — Lewis County legislators agreed Tuesday to amend the all-terrain vehicle permit law to allow the creation of a three-day pass for use on the county’s ATV trail system.

Anne L. Merrill, executive director of the Lewis County Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber receives about a dozen calls each year requesting an alternative to the $65 full pass that extends from May until the Tuesday after Columbus Day.

“These are people from out of the area that have never ridden here and want to try it,” she said. “Unfortunately, they didn’t want to spend the money for the full permit and opted not to come.”

The new passes will be good for three consecutive days, including the date of purchase.

Mrs. Merrill said she believes the three-day pass also may be useful for locals who normally don’t ride the system, but might buy one now for special occasions, such as friends visiting from out of town.

“I think we’ll see an increase in revenue,” Jacqueline L. Mahoney, Lewis County recreational trails coordinator, said when asked if the change may encourage riders to buy the three-day pass instead of the full permit.

The three-day pass “makes sense for individuals coming to the county for special events,” such as poker runs or long weekends, she said.

A public hearing on the law has been set for 5 p.m. April 1 in the legislative chambers at the Lewis County Courthouse, 7660 N. State St.

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