Town of Man updates dirtbike ordinance


J.D. Charles - Contributing Writer



Man Councilmember John Fekete, far right, discussed a change in the town’s dirtbike ordinance at the Man Council Meeting held Monday night. Also pictured is, from left, Man Mayor Jim Blevins and Councilmember Walker Thompson.


MAN, W.Va. — The Town of Man took the first steps towards amending their old dirtbike ordinance on Monday evening to get into compliance with recently revised state code.

Longtime Man Councilmember John Fekete brought the matter to the attention of the council members at the beginning of the July 11 meeting. Fekete, who is the Deputy Director of the Hatfield-McCoy Regional Recreation Authority, knows a thing or two about dirtbikes. For years he has mapped out the trails from the back of one utilizing a satellite mapping device.

“Our old ordinance needs to be updated,” Fekete said explaining that the newly revised state laws about ATVs and UTVs now includes language about off-road motorcycles.

Fekete pointed out that the passage will not make much actual difference in day to day activities around the town, where dirtbike enthusiasts who come to Man to ride the famed Rockhouse Trail section of the Hatfield McCoy Trails have been riding from lodging places to the trails for several years.

“This just covers us as a town by making sure we have the same laws on record that the state has,” he said. “We have let them come into town for years to get gas and food and to get back and forth to the trails. We are just doing this to comply with the state’s new revised laws.”

The first of two readings to revise the ordinance was read and approved.

Man Councilmember John Fekete, far right, discussed a change in the town’s dirtbike ordinance at the Man Council Meeting held Monday night. Also pictured is, from left, Man Mayor Jim Blevins and Councilmember Walker Thompson.
http://loganbanner.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_Man-Council-CMYK.jpgMan Councilmember John Fekete, far right, discussed a change in the town’s dirtbike ordinance at the Man Council Meeting held Monday night. Also pictured is, from left, Man Mayor Jim Blevins and Councilmember Walker Thompson.

J.D. Charles

Contributing Writer

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