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TOWN OF BUCHANAN — The Town of Buchanan will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at 7 p.m. on creating an ordinance to establish an ATV and UTV route in the Town of Buchanan.

The Town of Buchanan Town Hall, is located at N178 County Road N, Appleton, Wisconsin.

Public comments, if favor of or opposing, on creating an ordinance to establish an ATV and UTV route in the Town of Buchanan can be made at that time.

Anyone unable to attend the hearing can submit comments for consideration at the hearing via email to: cynthias@townofbuchanan.wi.gov.

A state law passed in 2018 allows local communities to authorize ATV/UTV use on local roads with posted speed limits of 35 mph or less.

The state Departments of Transportation and Natural Resources urge motorists and ATV/UTV operators to stay cautious and be aware of these changes in the law:

  • 2017 Wisconsin Act 87 enacted November 30, 2017, allows a town, village, or city to authorize the operation of ATVs/UTVs on roads within their territorial boundaries that have posted speed limits of 35 mph or less regardless of which municipality has jurisdiction on that road.
  • 2017 Wisconsin Act 193 enacted April 3, 2018, allows a town, village, city or county to place a sign on each road that crosses its boundary alerting motorists that all roads under the municipality’s jurisdiction have been designated as ATV routes.

WisDOT has published a website with resources for riders and for local officials who are interested in learning more about requirements to establish ATV routes within their jurisdiction. 

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By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.