TO THE EDITOR:

(Re: “Council quietly OKs motorized noise with no regard for neighbors,” Nov. 28, 2013)

We lived in Ripon for a decade (1983-93) and recently purchased a lot last month in Kensington Gardens and signed a contract with a Ripon area builder to construct our retirement condo home.

Now we have discovered the lot we selected which borders the Northwest Trail (one of the reasons we selected it) has been approved for motorized vehicles.

Was an environmental impact study completed to consider the

A. noise pollution,

B. air pollution and

C. safety of those walking on the trail or using it for winter sport?

This is a very unwelcome development “in our backyard” and, in my opinion, has devalued our property (and all those that border the trail) before we even have our home built.

We would not have purchased a lot next to a snowmobile trail had we known. ...

The proposed use of snowmobiles on the Northwest Trail eliminates all other winter recreational use of the trail and may certainly be classified as an “interference” of other winter use.

— Arlo R. Reichter

Elm Grove

To read the entire letter, see the Dec. 5, 2013 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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