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Man looks to build ATV facility

January 31, 2002

Man looks to build ATV facility



By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro


GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The owner of an ATV repair and accessory shop in Coseytown, a residential community near the Maryland state line, said he is in line for a $100,000 state grant to develop an ATV park on his land.

The news is not sitting well with his neighbors, several of whom said they oppose the park.

Lee Horst, owner of Horst Cycle Inc., at 4495 Coseytown Road, said he plans to use the grant to build ATV trails over much of his 45 acres.

The money will come from a $706,000 grant package announced last week by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources specifically to beef up ATV trails across the state.

"Opening up the fund unwraps a whole host of new opportunities for ATV and snowmobiling riding in Pennsylvania," DCNR Secretary John C. Oliver said in a press release.

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The grants, which are going to nine counties, can be spent to buy land for ATV trails, purchase equipment and conduct training. They will fund up to 80 percent of a project.

Horst said he plans to spend some of his grant on an irrigation system to keep down the dust that ATVs kick up and to plant trees along the trails for noise abatement.

Pennsylvania changed the laws governing ATVs in June. The DCNR can now award grants to municipalities and for-profit and nonprofit organizations to develop ATV trails on county, municipal and private lands.

Previously, the law limited the funds to state-owned land.

The nearest state-owned ATV trails are in Michaux State Forest, which spans parts of Franklin, Cumberland and Adams counties.

Drivers 15 and under must take a certified training course before they can drive on state-controlled trails, Horst said.

ATV owners except farmers must also register their vehicles for the first time.

"ATV sales are increasing and there aren't that many places to ride," said Horst, who opened his shop 18 years ago and has been a certified trainer for 12 years. He hopes to open his park this summer, he said.

Much will depend on getting permits from the Antrim Township supervisors. The land around Coseytown is zoned R-1 residential single family.

"He (Horst) has not approached us yet about anything," said Township Administrator Teresa Schnoor. The state won't release grant money until Horst gets township approval, she said.

Some of Horst's neighbors are organizing a movement against his expansion plans.

About 10 of them met Monday at Raymond Day's home. "It was a last-minute thing. We called about 10 people together," Day said.

"The general feeling in the area is shock. No one seems to want it," he said.

Increased traffic on Coseytown Road, a narrow, curvy, hilly byway that serves as the community's main street, noise from racing ATVs and the dust they will create are all on the residents' list, Day said.

"We have no problem with what's there now. We just don't want it expanded," he said.

Day said his house is about a quarter-mile from Horst's shop as the crow flies.

"I've been living here for 14 years," Day said. "Many of the people have been here longer than he (Horst) has and they should have a voice."

Coseytown is a family name.

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