Discussion about Bono Lake rules continues, locals speak out against ATV ban

Quorum court discusses safety and regulations for Bono lake

CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - County officials decided it was time to set some rules on a spot that's growing in popularity.

Bono Lake is seeing more and more visitors, and while the Craighead County Quorum Court is working to set regulations that will keep them safe and the property clean, one of those restrictions caught the attention of some locals.

The proposed ordinance includes typical park rules like no littering and no drugs or alcohol.

But it’s the ban on ATVs that has seen some resistance.

The first reading of the new ordinance was during Monday night's quorum court meeting, establishing security and outlining activities that are prohibited.

The majority of the discussion centered around not allowing ATVs in the park.

A group of Bono residents spoke out during the public comment period, questioning why the ordinance still allows dirt bikes.

County Judge Marvin Day answered with what court members found out during their research.

“Really, at the end of the day, the deciding factor for the court was the fact that the motorcycle group and the bicycle group have created an organization,” Day said. “Each of them have to create these trails and maintain them.”

Day said if ATV riders organized a similar group, proving they were able to create and maintain trails, the court could consider changing that restriction.

Likewise, if they notice issues with the dirt bikes in the future, the court could reconsider allowing them.

The ordinance was approved in the first reading, but it still has two more readings before it can be voted to pass.

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