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SPIRIT of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE NEWS PAGE A3 Wednesday, April 4, 2018 By 3-2 vote, JCC rejects Compton's plan to put riders on roadways By ROBERT SNYDER editor@ CHARLES TOWN -- Last week as Jefferson County Commission President Josh Compton proposed reversing the county's almost 14- year-old ordinance that prohibits ATV riders from driving on public roads, Sheriff Pete Dougherty of- feted a bit of a history lesson. "Most of our roads were not built to be the real highway kind of roads that they've become," Dougherty told the JCC on Thursday. "And so you pop over the top of a hill and you've got an ATV in front of you, you're going to kill people." The proposal to change the ordi- nance had been left idling for a few weeks after Compton first floated the possibility of allowing all-ter- rain vehicles on back roads through- out the county, up to five miles from the ATV owner's home. Compton called the county's or- dinance too restrictive and unfair to rural residents. But on Thursday evening, the commission voted 3-2 to let the or- dinance stay as is. The county's ordinance, adopted in 2004, allows ATV riders to cross roads but prohibits them from riding on any public road in the county. Jefferson's ordinance is more re- strictive that the rule adopted by West Virginia, which allows ATVs to be ridden on unstriped, non-high- way roads for up to 10 miles from the rider's house. Jefferson is allowed to have an ordinance that's stricter because the county has adopted a comprehen- sive plan. Commissioners Jane Tabb, Pat- sy Noland and Caleb Hudson vot- ed against changing the ordinance. During the meeting, Commission- er Peter Onoszko made several re- marks that seemed to align with Dougherty's objections, but in the end voted with Compton. "Although I agreed with the logic of the arguments I made, individu- al liberty trumps those arguments," Onoszko wrote in an email to the Spirit this week. Both Noland and Tabb said al- lowing ATVs on the road where cars travel would run the risk of collisions. "They are in competi- tion with vehicles [on the road] and that's never a good thing," Noland said. But Compton said the rule pre- vents county residents from using their private property on roads that their taxes help fund. "I don't think just because we happen to have a comprehensive plan our residents' rights should be restricted to use that vehicle," he said. He added that he believes it's more dangerous to ride all-terrain, off-road vehicles off the road on off-the-road terrain. "What if you run into a stump and flip your ATV?" Compton asked. He also described the ordinance as "unreasonable." "Just because we happen to have a more restrictive zoning system than most of the majority of the oth- er counties in the state, our citizens are being ridiculed for that or los- ing essential rights," Compton said. "They can't exercise their right to use their own property on taxpay- er-funded roads that are illegal per state statute." Dougherty, who joined the com- mission for its 10-minute discus- sion on the ATV rules, said that it would be impossible to enforce what Compton proposed. The sheriff's department "would have to literally get behind you and we'd follow you to that amount of distance, and I'm guessing if we started following you on the ATV, you'd pull over on the side of the road and say 'Just go ahead and go past me' and we'd say 'Well, no, we want to wait for you' and we'd spend a lot of time," Dougherty said. "If you allowed me to go down a road -- a quarter mile or a mile or Jefferson County residents ought to be able to ride their ATVs on back roads, contended JCC President Josh Compton. "Just because we happen to have a more restrictive zoning system than most of the ma- jority of the other counties in the state, our citizens are being ridiculed for that or losing essential rights," he said at last week's meeting. five miles -- for our purposes, we '" would have to be there and calibrate how far you've gone " Dougherty later told the Spirit if the JCC had voted to relax the ATV role, he'd expect "a lot" more com- plaints from drivers about near- misses and many more accidents. Coaches FROM PAGE A1 i::! WANT TO COACH? Community and Technical College in Martinsburg. The actual 30-hour training be- gins April 14 and unfolds from 9 aan. to 4 p.m. on Sat- urdays through May 12. "It's an intensive train- ing but at the end, a person will be a certified Recovery Coach," said Unger, a Mar- : tinsburg native who pastors three churches in Jefferson County and has served in the state Senate since 1999. The Eastern Panhandle has an enormous need for trained coaches to help those working to get clean and stay off opioids, said Unger, who serves as the academy's president. West Virginia has the high- est rate of drug overdose death per capita in the coun- try, and the Eastern Panhan- dle has the highest rate in the state, Unger said. He's hoping that people in recovery themselves will consider the training. "We just ask that they have been successful in recovery for at least a year," he said. To help put the training within reach, scholarships that will cover all but $50 of the training will be avail- able to about 30 people this spring, Unger said. The funding comes through the Jefferson County Recov- ery Resource Center and the nonprofit GRACE (Greater Recovery and Community Empowerment). Those accepting a scholar- ship agree to complete one hour of volunteer coaching each week for a year at the Resource Center, which is housed at Jefferson Coun- ty Community Ministries in Charles Town. Recovery coaches can help provide focus to those in re- covery as they work on what- ever issues they're grappling with, Unger said. "The per- son might want to find a job, and to do that, they might need a car to get to work, so they would want to look into how to get their driver's li- cense restored or to get your driver's license in the first place," he said. "It might be finding job training or look- ing into a college program. The recovery coach is a per- son who can come alongside as they're working to make good decisions and be the e for them step by step." With the opioid addiction in the forefront, many peo- ple are gaining a better un- derstanding of how addic- tion works - that there isn't a cure, but that people can regain their health in much the same way they manage high blood pressure or other chronic diseases. Iorenzetl 304-725-6263 Recovery coaches will be trained through a program developed by the Connecti- cut Community for Addiction Recovery, a nationally rec- ognized program. The train- ing is being offered thanks to a grant from the Jefferson County Health Department. Unger said that when he completed the training out of state, he was blown away by the insights he found for so many aspects of his life. "It County Commission LORENZETTI has lived and worked within Jefferson County for 30+ years. LORENZETTI advocates for input of all county citizens for decisions made concerning the future of Jefferson County. Ralph wants to hear your views and has a reputation for fairness and willingness to listen. AUTHORIZED BY LORENZETTI FOR COUNTY COMMISSON, PHILIP MCDONALD -TREASURER opened my eyes to a lot," he said. "You come away with new approaches to communi- cation and relationships. It's amazing ." Unger said he's thrilled to make the training available here in the Eastern Panhan- dle, and to help individuals gain the skills needed to guide anyone who would like to en- ter into or sustain long-term recovery from an addiction to alcohol or other drugs. "The West Virginia Recov- ery Coach Academy prepares " participants by helping them to actively listen, ask really good questions and discover and manage their own stuff," . Unger said. Unger said participants also will learn to understand the stages of recovery, increase their awareness of culture, power and privilege, address ethical and boundaries issues, discover how to help the cli- ent set goals and use his or her strengths and assets, and much more. 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