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Snirt Run’s a go; stickers to be enforced

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LOWVILLE — With an amendment added to a resolution to approve the opening of county roads for the Snirt Run, Lewis County legislators were content that all requirements have been met, voting 9-0 in favor of the event Tuesday night.

The amendment puts in writing a decision to which event organizer Gary R. Stinson had agreed previously — to supply headlight stickers to all registered participants. The stickers would indicate to law enforcement who was operating on the roads legally during the April 12 all-terrain-vehicle poker run.

Legislator Lawrence L. Dolhof, R-Lyons Falls, said the county Economic Development and Recreation, Forestry and Parks committees worked with the district attorney’s office and County Attorney Joan E. McNichol throughout the day to clarify whether a local law would be needed to authorize ticketing ATV operators who fail to register.

In February, then-County Attorney Richard J. Graham advised that passage of a local law would give the necessary authority.

Mrs. McNichol said state vehicle and traffic law allows the roads to be opened for special events, for the sole use of the participants.

Undersheriff James M. Monnat, who previously had said he did not know how deputies could effectively enforce a sticker rule, said he was comfortable with Mrs. McNichol’s assessment.

Law enforcement officers will issue tickets to ATV operators who do not display a sticker during the event.

The Snirt Run has received much attention from legislators this year, the 11th the event will be held, after concerns about property damage arose from last year’s event as well as the continued growth of the fundraiser.

More than 3,000 participants registered last year.

To prevent damage and improve safety, the Recreation, Forestry and Parks Committee met with Snirt Run organizers, as well as law enforcement, over the past three months.

The committee developed a list of requirements for organizers to comply with before county roads would be opened for the one-day event.

Mr. Stinson agreed to updated maps, improved signs, increased volunteer coverage and a final sweep of the route. County Recreational Trail Coordinator Jacqueline L. Mahoney worked with Mr. Stinson to create new maps.

Because of the deep snow that remains, more roads have been added to the route to lessen the likelihood of operators’ getting stuck or stranded, which was an issue last year.

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