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Letter to the Editor:

I’m sure Eagle River and other towns appreciate and welcome families like Christine and Brian Gould for coming up here from Iowa (June 26, News-Review, “Trail Access in City Would be ‘Welcome’ Sign for Sledders”). However, I?take issue with the editorial “Trail Access Questionable in the Snomo Capitol?” from June 19.

Back in the 1960s or ’70s, the city of Milwaukee allowed studded snow tires. I?bought a pair and was amazed at the improved traction. I?could go into an unplowed freeway lane (3 to 5 inches of snow) and easily and safely pass those going in a partially cleared lane.

Then came the reality of the wear and tear on the freeways and city streets. Milwaukee quickly banned studs to save the roads.

In Eagle River, what streets would be snowmobile trails??Would the city leave 3 to 5 inches of snow on those streets so studded tracks would not require early repair of roads at the expense of Eagle River residents? (I personally saw studs being put on a snowmobile tread.)

What would the residents on those streets think of not having their streets plowed?

In addition, who would tolerate (even at slow speeds) six, seven or eight riders going down their streets at 11 p.m., midnight or 1 a.m.? Sledders make pit stops like auto drivers do and stay out late. What a disruption to their quiet streets and Eagle River is quiet at night.

Just my thoughts folks; maybe you may want to comment too.

By the way, the Gould family and friends were up here while there was no trail access; they were having a great time with things as they were for years. What do you think?

Don Zirbel


Tuesday, July 02, 2013 1:45 PM


+12 #1 Jeff Laadt 2013-07-04 21:25
I think you are completely right, Don. I live in "downtown" Eagle River and have no interest at all in having our city streets converted into snowmobile trails.

The city, and Vilas County in general, has prospered with the snow trade -- all without the access now being considered. I see no particularly pressing reason to change this situation.

Jeff Laadt
205 N. Second St. ER.

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