ATV public hearing in Medford on Sept. 30

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will accept public comments on proposed Oregon Administrative Rule changes affecting the state’s All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) program at hearings Sept. 28 in Salem, Sept. 29 in Bend and Sept. 30 in Medford.

The Medford hearing is Sept. 30 from 4-6:30 p.m. at the Rogue Regency, 2300 Biddle Rd.

A new state law requires that the rules be amended to modify and expand the program’s grant and safety education practices. The new law authorizes financial aid for ATV recreation-related law enforcement services and creates an All-Terrain Vehicle Advisory Committee with expanded safety responsibilities. The rules and proposed changes can be seen in their entirety online at www.oregon.gov/OPRD/ATV/docs/OAR_736-004.pdf.

Written comments may be submitted to OPRD until 5 p.m. Oct. 1, 2009, by e-mail (ATV.info@state.or.us), or addressed to OPRD, ATV Program Coordinator, 725 Summer Street NE, Suite C, Salem, OR 97301.

All three hearing sites are accessible to people with disabilities. Special accommodations may be arranged up to 72 hours in advance by calling 503-986-0655.

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