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Horse-Drawn Wagon Owner Wants a Permit to Work Throughout Fulton

Les Holmes holds the reins of his horse-drawn wagon as it took part in the Memorial Day Salute parade. Holmes is asking that the restrictions be removed from his city permit so he can offer rides anywhere in the city.
Les Holmes holds the reins of his horse-drawn wagon as it took part in the Memorial Day Salute parade. Holmes is asking that the restrictions be removed from his city permit so he can offer rides anywhere in the city.

A Granby man wants a permit to run his horse-drawn wagon anywhere in the city of Fulton.

Les Holmes has a livery permit from the city, but the permit restricts him to running his rig only between Bullhead Point and North Bay Campground. Last week, he showed up to give rides to people during Memorial Day Salute and discovered that the path had been blocked by a large concrete block.

That gave him the incentive to ask the Fulton Common Council to grant him a permit without restrictions, so he can provide rides for a dollar a person throughout the city.

An unrestricted permit would make his service equal to any other livery permit holder, such as a taxi service. “I’m not asking for something that anyone else can’t get,” he said.

Holmes said he has used his wagon to give rides around the city to senior citizens and to those attending fundraisers at the Polish Home. He thinks it would be a good addition to the Farmer’s Market downtown, to the music events taking place at the downtown gazebo in the summer, and to loop around the War Memorial/Recreation Park complex for events such as Memorial Day Salute.

“I like the idea of the Farmer’s Market,” said Alderman Tom Kenyon, who rode on the wagon during the Memorial Day Salute parade.

Holmes said that, if he had an unrestricted permit, he might have to cross busy roads such as Route 481, but that he has no interest in running his team of horses along that highway.

“And you’d have somebody to clean up the poop,” asked Kenyon.

“Oh, yeah. We clean up our messes,” Holmes replied.

Mayor Ron Woodward said he would speak with the police department about the issue and would refer the question to the city’s Recreation Committee. “I think that would be a good idea for the city,” Woodward said.

1 Comment

  1. I think this would be a great thing…
    many people have never had a chance to
    ride in a buggy like this and it would be
    fun and maybe even a romantic thing to do!

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