Dubuque County Considering ATV Ordinance

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) – Nearly half of Iowa’s counties have approved use of all-terrain or utility vehicles for public roadways, and Dubuque County is considering joining the trend.

The Telegraph Herald reports the Dubuque County Board of Supervisors has been considering the issue since two riding groups approached the board in February seeking access to roads. The vehicles are currently only permitted on county roads for agricultural reasons.

The board created a citizen committee to prepare a report as supervisors consider an ordinance. Officials expect the report to be ready in January.

Supporters of the vehicles say it will have economic benefits by attracting riders to the area. Opponents raise safety concerns.

Dubuque County Sheriff Joe Kennedy says he’s worried about the county’s high population compared to smaller counties that allow ATV riding.