Renville County Considers Allowing Recreational Vehicles on Roads 16 Oct 13

Renville County is considering a proposal to allow recreational vehicles to share county roads with cars and trucks.  

All-terrain vehicles, small utility trucks, and golf carts would be able to drive on the right side of gravel or paved county roads, provided their owners obtain a free, county-issued permit.

Mark Erickson, director of the county’s Environment and Community Development Department, told the County Board of Commissioners at the meeting Tuesday that the ordinance is being proposed by a county trail committee. Erickson says one of the goals is to take advantage of the economic opportunity that the recreational vehicles represent.

The West Central Tribune reports the access to county roads would make it possible for people to drive the vehicles to county parks and businesses, such as convenience stores and gas stations.

The ordinance is aimed at opening up county roads to the vehicles, but the commissioners would designate which of the roads are included. They could continue to ban the vehicles on roads that see heavy traffic.