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It’s not too late for board to reconsider ATV plan PDF Print E-mail

Letter to the Editor:

Just wanted to remind the Three Lakes Town Board, planning committee and businesses that it was their choice to exclude the majority of taxpayers who “voted” against the all-terrain vehicle (ATV) proposal prior to the committee’s and board’s vote.

Yes, that’s right, the majority of Three Lakes voters and taxpayers voted against the ATV proposal. I?would also like to remind the town board and businesses that, not once, did you offer solutions that would benefit all of the residents. Instead, you chose the all-or-nothing approach.

I?recall very well the town board members and business owners saying “You will just have to live with the ATVs riding down your road because it is for the good of the community.” Even though facts and real studies were never presented to support the ATV proposal. Facts and figures arguing against the town plan were readily available.

Now at least one town board member is trying to scare residents by saying they may not get the care they need from emergency medical technicians or the fire department. This is classic bullying!

It is the town’s job to make reasonable decisions that keep its residents and roads safe. This ATV proposal affects so many and deserved more than seven hours of the board’s time.

Additionally, in canvassing other town boards in-state and out, and business boards, the unanimous feedback is that at least one member of the town board should have definitely re­cused himself from the vote and meeting.

It’s not too late for the town board and businesses to do the right thing. Reconsider this ATV ordinance. Listen to all residents. Bring the community together.

If the Three Lakes businesses’ main reason for ATV routes is increased business, then they should pay close attention to what Mr. Kaufman from the Seasonal Residents Association said, “Residents’ only weapon against this sort of prejudice is economic.”

Renee Ladd

Three Lakes

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 2:58 PM

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