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County to vote on proposed ATV park
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Effingham County commissioners will have the second reading of zoning change that may allow for an all-terrain vehicle course.

Gregg Howze is asking commissioners to rezone 950 acres off Godley Road from AR-2 to AR-1. The new zoning would allow Howze to put in a four-wheeler park.

“It’s going to be more of a weekend thing,” Howze said.

Current county commission Chairman Dusty Zeigler said commissioners are contemplating a noise ordinance and also asked that some consideration be given to neighbors on Sunday. Howze, a former commission chairman, said anyone who shows up without a muffler on their four-wheeler won’t be allowed to ride.

“We’ve got four-wheelers out there now,” Howze said, noting they have been riding out there without his permission. The rezoning request would allow for the legal use of the four-wheelers.

“We’ve got folks in this county who go to Perry or Augusta to go to parks like this,” Howze said.

Howze said he hasn’t had any complaints about the noise from his neighbors and told commissioners he wanted to visit the other parks to learn how to put his idea into place. He also said he envisioned having people bring their recreational vehicles in for the four-wheeler park, just as they do for the bluegrass festivals at Mossy Oak Music Park outside of Guyton.

The proposed four-wheeler park also may include an office and a concession stand.

Howze also is asking for commissioners to approve an experimental development for an equestrian-themed development off Springfield-Tusculum Road.