Voters reject ATV use in longest debate since $1 cat-fee

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Posted: Mar 03, 2015 6:22 PM
Voters reject ATV use in longest debate since $1 cat-fee

GROTON, Vt. (AP) — Voters in the Vermont town of Groton have rejected a proposal to allow the use of all-terrain vehicles on some town roads in what the moderator says is the rural community's longest Town Meeting Day debate since it discussed a $1 fee for registering cats in 1999.

Town Constable Jim Downing, who enjoys riding an ATV with his wife, proposed opening up some roads to link up to ATV trails in neighboring communities.

But residents voted 51 to 36 against the ATV proposal Tuesday, after a 30-minute floor discussion. The cat registration fee passed after 45 minutes of debate 16 years ago.

Once a year, on Town Meeting Day, many communities throughout Vermont engage in the purest form of democracy — one person one vote — to decide local issues.