Off-roader rules may change

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By Kevin Koelling, Managing Editor

TELL CITY – Perry County commissioners are eyeing changes to an ordinance enacted last month allowing the use of all-terrain vehicles on county roads.

Cannelton resident Pat Lambert asked at the commissioners' regular meeting Monday that the ordinance be amended to allow the number of riders intended by off-roaders' manufacturers. She said she has two all-terrain vehicles, a four-wheeler with two seats and four seat belts, and another that seats two people.

County attorney Chris Goffinet noted the ordinance contained a prohibition against passengers and asked what exceptions should be included in an amendment.

After some discussion about whether insurance should be mandatory for riders, the lawyer said he'd check with Spencer County, whose similar ordinance contains an insurance provision. He'll provide amendment versions with and without insurance requirements for the commissioners to consider.

In other business, Commissioner Gary Dauby retained the president's position in an annual reorganization. Commissioner Jody Fortwendel will serve as vice president through 2009.

They also voted to conduct their meetings at 6:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month and 8 a.m. the third Wednesday in the county courthouse, a change from the first and third Mondays they met last year. After a special meeting scheduled for 12:15 p.m. Friday, their next meeting will begin at 8 a.m. Jan. 21.

Dauby, Fortwendel and Dan Adams, county recreation director, will continue to serve as appointees to the Indiana 15 Regional Planning Commission.