Three Lakes is disappearing before our eyes; if we don’t take a stand, it will be gone forever. The Nicolet ATV Club has taken over the community.
The Three Lakes Town Board has become a board of elected members who serve their own interests, not the interests of the community. Their actions clearly prove this. One can see this control by attending a town meeting. The town board can legally vote without the inclusion of the residents. They have total jurisdiction and that is just what they did with the ATV issue. Is that a town board that cares about its community? Where is the democratic process?
A vote was never allowed, although letters and emails showed Three Lakes property owners and taxpayers were 60.3% against the ATV proposal and 39.6% in favor.
The town’s solution to the backlash is to ride out the summer and review the ATV ordinance in January, when all seasonal residents are gone again —?ignoring the community.
The ATV club is supposed to be the answer to all economic problems, that is the story we heard all winter. Now the businesses are changing their story, saying ATVs are probably not the silver bullet to economic growth.
Of course, now the ATV club has their routes and control over the town.
The residents who live on these so-called routes have been called selfish and noncaring of the community because they did not agree with an invasion of privacy for recreation. The ATV club’s motto is “to develop and maintain responsible trail system with respect to the environment and homeowners.” Is riding a noisy ATV or several ATVs past people’s home on previously quiet streets respectful? We have already seen riders without helmets, turning around in private driveways and post-midnight high-speed riding. Responsible? Respectful?
Is pursuing the Sam Campbell Trail system, one of the last multifaceted pristine ecosystems in Wisconsin which was set up to be a quiet nonmotorized hiking trail area, respectful or responsible? The ATV club and town board do not care about protecting our great natural resources. The ATV club and town board do not care about protecting THIS great natural resource.
The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council, the largest group of ATV activists in the country, acknowledges that ATV noise is a very big problem and sends this message to all ATV riders: “The right to ride an ATV does not permit us to infringe on the peaceful environment of others.”