To the Editor:
Over the past few weeks I have been reading the Letters to the Editor from those folks who are advocating a county wide referendum. It would seem to me that government works best when it works close to the issue. What I mean by that is currently there are definitely local municipalities that strongly favor ATV routes and trails in their community. There are also definitely local municipalities that strongly oppose ATV routes and trails in their community.
Think about this for a moment. Does it really make sense for a municipality that opposes ATV routes or trails make the decision for the municipality that is in favor of ATV routes and trails? Does it really make sense for a municipality that is in favor of ATV routes or trails make the decision for the municipality that opposes ATV routes or trails? Again, government works best when it works close to the issue.
We all know how well governance from Washington DC has been working. We here right in our own townships know what is best for our township. Vilas County has 857 square miles. So ATV routes or trails in Phelps for instance are very far away from Presque Isle – 40.55 miles apart.
Taking this one more step, why should a township, Presque Isle, 40.55 miles away that does not want to see ATV routes or trails in their community, make the decision for township, Phelps, that wants to see ATV routes or trails in their community? Some how to me that just does not seem fair.
Route and trail development should begin locally with the municipality that is closest to the location of the proposed route or trail. Those officials know their own community and will make the best choices for their community. If the proposed route or trail involves county owned or administrated land then it should move forward to Vilas County for review & approval or disapproval.
With a county having 857 square miles there is plenty of space for all forms of trails recreation. Biking, hiking, snowmobiling, horseback riding, walking, ATVing, cross county skiing, fat tire winter biking, etc.
Come on, let’s all get along,
Township of Washington