CHAPMANVILLE - One of the biggest concerns that has been voiced about bringing the Hatfield-McCoy Trail system into Chapmanville has been the optional ordinance that would allow limited ATV use on the main roads. However, it turns out the town already passed one way back in 2003 when Joy Vance was the mayor of Chapmanville.
Council members at Monday's regularly scheduled meeting said the finding eliminated the need for the council to pass a new ordinance.
Using a map of the town, Police Chief Alan Browning, along with the rest of the town's police department, suggested areas that ATVs could be allowed under the ordinance.
According to the map, ATVs will be allowed to be ridden on main Crawley Creek Road near Chapmanville Middle School to Vance Street near Towne N' Country Foodland. In the opposite direction (going north/south), riders will be able to ride their ATVs along a stretch of WV Route 10 (Main Street) from about where Giovanni's is located to where Lori's Pub is located.
It will also allow riders to enter several other areas, including circling around Hartford and Boise streets around the Tracy Vickers Community Center. Riders will not be permitted in residential areas, such as Elloise Avenue, Iola Street, Fowler Branch, High Water Street and others.
During discussion of the map, council member James Robison made a motion to take a vote. All members of the council voted to adopt the map as presented with "future amendments possible."
When the map was presented at Monday's meeting, 4th and 5th streets in Chapmanville were highlighted; however, council members were quick to note that this is not correct. 5th and 6th streets on the map, which are now Hartford Street and Boise Street, respectively, should be highlighted instead.
Town recorder Terilyn Wilson said copies of the map when corrected will be given upon request or when citizens come to pay their garbage bill. She said it will also be posted on the Town of Chapmanville Facebook page.
Dylan Vidovich is a news reporter for HD Media. Contact him by phone at 304-896-5196 or follow him on Twitter @DVidovichLB.