Ohio village residents object to OHV vehicle limitations

Publish Date: 
Jul 18, 2014

NORTHFIELD VILLAGE, Ohio -- Council is facing some pushback from local residents after passing an ordinance regulating the use of ATVs, snowmobiles and off-road motorcycles within the village.

The use of the vehicles is banned on private property less than one acre, and limited in use residential properties of more than an acre, which must be fenced in. The vehicles are prohibited from being used within 30 feet of a roadway, can only be used between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m., and can only be used for an hour at a time, according to a report in the Nordonia Hills News-Leader.

Councilman Alan Hipps, who proposed the ordinance, told the News-Leader it was needed "to restrict the nuisance that is being caused to the properties that are directly adjacent to the neighbors."

Residents objected to the ordinance's passage July 9.

"I've lived here my entire life and have been riding in my yard since I was a little kid," said Justin Gruszewski. "Never once have I had an issue, never once have my neighbors called and complained. I'm an avid hunter and a U.S. Veteran. I fought for you guys to sit in those seats and you are going to take away my right to ride my ATV in my own yard?"

From the Dealernews wires