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Yakima County Commissioners Change Rules in the Off Road Vehicle Ordinance

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YAKIMA, Wash.- Neighbors complained about off-road vehicles for weeks, now, County Commissioner set some new guidelines.

The noise of a motorcycle engine is what some people wake up to, almost every day.

"Sometimes it's so loud you can't even carry a conversation with the person standing next to you," said Mary Clark, a Selah resident.

The noise, the dust and how close the trails are to homes are reasons why the Off-Road Vehicle Ordinance has become such a big deal.

County Commissioner's spent their morning finalizing changes.

"Neighbors weren't able to talk to one another they came passionate about their individual perspective rather than the community perspective," said County Commissioner Mike Leita.

County Commissioners added new rules. Anyone using an off-road vehicle on their own property must have over five acres of land. 

People had requested county commissioners expand the use of vehicle to mining sites, agricultural land and rural transitional roads. That request was denied.

Commissioners also added a $550 violation to the ordinance.

"You're going to pay the price, you no longer can just ignore us and ignore your neighbors without consequences," said Leita.

Neighbors like Mary Clark say many people using the vehicles off road aren't even aware they're not supposed to be there. She says more action should be taken.

"Give them a warning a lot of people here think this place is public," said Clark.

Warning signs like this were posted up a few weeks ago to let riders know this is private property. Neighbors say fewer people have been coming through, but there are still new tracks on the road.

County Commissioners say the ordinance's paperwork should be finalized over the next two weeks.
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