The Whitehall City Council Tuesday night approved an ordinance amendment which would open up most of the city streets, alleys and the White Lake Pathway to the use of snowmobiles between Dec. 1 and April 1.
The action by the council was made as a result of a passage of the citizen referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot which was solidly approved by voters (795 yes to 528 No), ending a ban on snowmobiling, except by special permission from the city for an event, since the mid-1970s. Efforts to overturn the ban failed three previous times of that span.
The new ordinance would only ban snowmobile use on Colby Street and Thompson St. (BR-31), Mears Ave. Division St. and Lake St., as well as on closed streets, in any city park or city-owned natural area except if receiving prior permission by the city.
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