Columbus Council Weighs ATV/UTV Use on City Streets

(Columbus) Columbus voters recently approved a non-binding referendum that would allow ATV-UTV’s on public streets. The issue was a topic of discussion at last week’s Committee of the Whole meeting. There was pushback from some alderpersons who are now floating the idea of sunsetting the proposed ordinance unless the council approves it again. Alderwoman Sarah Motiff supports the sunset clause to address some of the issues that were brought up by elected officials and members of the public.

“I do like the idea of a sunset clause, so we can give it a try and then if there are issues, we can address it again,” said Motiff. “But I don’t want it to be ignored and just go away. So, is there a way to word this that so that can’t happen?”

Alderman Ian Grey offered a solution.
“I think if we put our sunset clause out to May 1st (of 2024) after we have a referendum on the spring ballot on the exact same thing again,” said Gray, “it would be a year and a half. So, I think that’s a compromise on the different times that were being thrown around.”

The all-terrain vehicles and utility-terrain vehicles ordinance, with a spring 2024 sunset clause, will be considered by the Columbus City Council at their December meeting. If approved, Columbus voters would see another non-binding referendum on their ballots in 17 months.