ATV club hopes access plan will be supported in Exeter

Posted Sept. 08, 2008, at 9:31 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 7:17 a.m.

EXETER, Maine — Later this month, residents will hear a proposal from the Penobscot County Country Riders All-Terrain Vehicle Club to allow the club access over some of the local roads to connect with the ATV trails in Corinna.

A public hearing on the proposal is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the Exeter School.

Selectmen want comment from residents whether they favor or oppose the proposal. Those comments will weigh on any decision made by the board regarding the request.

“We don’t anticipate that it will need voter action,” Exeter Town Manager Peter Wintle said Monday of the request. “Selectmen have the authority to make that decision.”

Club members have asked selectmen whether they would support their efforts to pass through the town on such roads as Eaton, Tibbetts and Chamberlain Meeting House. In addition, club members say it may be necessary to use some abandoned or discontinued roads that have public easements, according to Wintle.

Bruce Lowden, club president, said the club has trails to the border of Exeter but can’t get from Exeter to Corinna. Rather than seek access over private land, the 30-plus club members would like to use discontinued and town roads.

“It’s very hard to get land,” Lowden said Monday. He hopes residents and selectmen will support the proposal. “That would give us a chance to get out to Corinna, Newport and Dover-Foxcroft.”

Wintle said residents whose property is located on the identified roads would be notified by mail of the public hearing.

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