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CINCINNATI TRIES TO CRACK DOWN ON BACKYARD RIDING

November 15, 2005
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 This time it was the $25 registration fee. Last month, owners complained that the ordinance would not allow them to use their all-terrain vehicles for yard work. So the commission added an exception for “utilitarian purposes.” Monday night, residents questioned the $25 one-time registration fee. “It’s penalizing the people that use them like I do in my lawn,” said Nancy Hensley. “If I have to pay $25, I’m paying for somebody else’s mistake who’s hot-rodding it up and down your street.” Though Mayor Don Kirby said he wouldn’t mind striking the fee, Commissioner Wayne McClellan said it would be needed to cover paperwork and a sticker that would be required.

ATVs became an issue in this once-rural Boone County city after several residents complained that owners were riding in small back yards in subdivisions. We have had more phone calls praising us for doing this,” Commissioner Greg Lloyd told the residents. “I’m sorry that you’re not happy with it but I am more sorry for people that have to put up with these people and the way they are using their ATVs.”

The ordinance would ban ATVs, motocross and dirt bikes on lots less than 5 acres, but would allow use for “utilitarian purposes” if they are driven less than 7 mph and in a “safe manner.” Recreational riding on larger lots would be allowed from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Riders who come within 500 feet of a house, that is not on the parcel they are riding, would have to drive at the slowest speed.

The city will rework the ordinance to take out references to motorcycles and consider eliminating the fee, Kirby said. It will take up the issue next month.  Kirby urged residents who are concerned about the ordinance to call the city clerk. In Kenton County, Edgewood, Ohio, passed a similar ordinance last week after months of wrangling with the wording to allow ATV use for utilitarian purposes. That city’s ordinance did not specify the size of the lots on which they can be driven

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