Paonia considers OHV ordinance, pot smells

By Tamie Meck

An ordinance to allow citizens to drive off-highway vehicles, or OHVs, in Paonia is being proposed, according to Paonia Police Department Sergeant Neil Ferguson. He reported to the town board at the Aug. 23 meeting that town attorney David Marek is working to have a draft ordinance drawn up soon. The draft will then go to the appropriate town committees and town staff and ultimately to the board of trustees.

OHVs will be required to be licensed and insured, and can only be operated by a licensed driver, said Sergeant Ferguson. Most likely, a 15 m.p.h. speed limit will apply.

In drafting the ordinance, Ferguson said they looked to Delta and Lake City, which have both passed ordinances, for their template.

In his report to the town, Sergeant Ferguson also said that the department is receiving complaints about the strong odors of cannabis wafting through neighborhoods. The complaints, said Ferguson, fall under the town's nuisance ordinance and have associated fines. Persons wishing to have the issue addressed will be required to submit a written complaint and appear in court.