On Tuesday November 12th, the Iowa County Transportation Committee held a meeting to discuss further how to proceed with the development of subcommittee to assist with the creation of a special events ordinance. The decision to create a subcommittee was made at their meeting on October 28th, in which overwhelming public opposition shared their concerns with the ordinance as proposed.
According to Craig E. Hardy, Iowa County Highway Commissioner, the meeting included the following motions:
1. Motion to create an Advisory non-voting panel of six stakeholder members to assist the Transportation Committee with review and creation of an Ordinance to regulate special events.
2. Motion for the Transportation Committee Chair and the Highway Commissioner to determine the six members from those who have expressed interest in participation in creation of an Ordinance.
According to Hardy – the Transportation Committee Chair determined the membership of the Advisory Committee would include one representative each county governmental entity that expressed an interest, as well as one member from each of the stakeholder groups that expressed concern over the proposed ordinance and an interest in helping shape a more workable ordinance. The Committee decided to include the following individuals on the Advisory Committee:
Tom McGraw – Town of Ridgeway
Scot Gafney – Town of Brigham
John Wright – Town of Arena
Stewart Schilling – Organizer of the Dairyland Dare, Bicycling Community
Tom Johnston – Fall Art Tour, Economic Development
Jason Lawinger – President of Loners MC, Motorcycle Community
We are confident this committee will come together and develop an ordinance that addresses the concerns of Iowa County residents and law enforcement in a manor that doesn’t negatively impact the countless events that businesses, individuals, and communities have come to appreciate in the county. We look forward to continuing to support this committee in their efforts to keep cycling in Iowa County.
We will keep you posted as more information is available.
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