TO THE EDITOR:
On Oct. 8, 2013, the Ripon City Council voted to strip away the “non-motorized status” allowing snowmobile travel along the segment of the Northwestern Trail from County Road FF (Berlin Road) east to a point behind the Hillside Assembly church.
Snowmobile traffic will circumvent the church and cross West Oshkosh Street to reach Ripon Family Restaurant, Pizza Hut and Modern Motorsports through Redman Drive.
The measure was passed without input from the residents whose properties are located along this trail segment.
Safety, noise considerations and the use of the trail for walking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing by a wide range of Ripon residents were considered of no value when compared to the comfort of a smaller group of people who are not lacking trails to snowmobile on.
Homeowners along the trail (a good number of them senior citizens) and those living nearby will have to endure the noise of snowmobile engines not to mention being cautious of fast-moving vehicles as snowmobilers make their way to feast at Ripon Family Restaurant and Pizza Hut.... I believe a “fair and equitable” solution would be to revert the trail in question to its “non-motorized use” and amend the city ordinance to allow snowmobile traffic along Highway 23 from Alibis to a point not farther that Ripon Family Restaurant.
This solution would bring snowmobile traffic where it is wanted and needed ...
This self-serving action by a handful of people is deplorable and should be repealed by the residents of Ripon.
The city council should represent the best interests of the community at large and not those of a few “well connected” individuals and their special interest.
— Hugo N. Rodriguez
720 Layton Drive
To read the entire letter, see the Nov. 28, 2013 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.