Proposed snowmobile ban

Proposed snowmobile ban

Post by Dave Spoone » Sat, 05 Dec 1998 04:00:00


On Monday, the 7th, the Duluth Minnesota City Counselors will vote on a
ban to prohibit snowmobiles from traveling on a future cross-town
trail.  This ban is being headed by a group called Minnesotans for
Responsible Recreation, which is basically an anti motorized extremist
group.  If this ban were to pass, which it now appears will, will
prevent the future construction of a trail which would allow travel into
the City, utilizing amenities such as gas, food, lodging, as well as
being a centralized hub for travel to the North Shore, East to
Wisconsin, West to the Iron Range, or South to MPLS.  This ban cannot
pass!!!  I am asking for anyone with a free minute to email a short,
professional, and courteous note to these city officials, with your
views on this situation.  Remember, if it can happen here, your town
could be next.  Thanks.

                City Council Addresses & E-mail

                  Ken Hogg -- Council President
                 (218) 727-4312 or (218) 727-1499
                  FAX:  (218) 727-4312

                  Finance Committee Chairperson

                  Yvonne Prettner Solon -- Council Vice President
                  (218) 727-3997

                  Planning Committee Chairperson

                  Patty Edwards
                  Councilor-at-large
                  (218) 724-8705

                  Purchasing & Administration Committee Chairperson

                  Greg Gilbert - PROPOSED BAN - AUTHOR
                  (218) 722-6331 or (218) 724-9129

                  Public Utilities Committee Chairperson

                  Marcia Hales
                  (218) 727-4527

                  Public Safety Committee Chairperson

                  Lynn Fena Hardesty
                  (218) 728-1394

                  Intergovernmental Relations Committee Chairperson

                  Scott Keenan
                  (218) 525-6460
                  Recreation, Libraries & Authorities Committee
Chairperson

                  Isobel Rapaich
                  (218) 626-2829

                  Personnel Committee Chairperson

                  Dale Swapinski
                  (218) 722-4149

                  Public Works Committee Chairperson

                 Mayor: Gary L. Doty

                 Telephone: 218/723-3295

 
 
 

Proposed snowmobile ban

Post by Tom S » Sun, 06 Dec 1998 04:00:00

I just fired off an e-mail to all involved.  I am enclosing a copy.  Good
Luck Dave.  Stop that ridiculous ban.

    I understand that on Monday, December 7th the City of Duluth will be
considering a ban on snowmobiles within the city.  Although I am not a
resident of Duluth, please listen to what I have to say.

    I, as you may have guessed, am a snowmobiler.  I love the sport.  I love
getting outdoors with my friends and enjoying Minnesota.  Although I am from
the Twin Cities area, I love traveling "Up North" to your area and even
further.  And I will promise you this, I am not a reckless, irresponsible
snowmobiler.  I do care about others and private property.  I do consider
others when I ride.  And I am not out of the ordinary.  I am like 95% of
snowmobilers out there.

    The vast majority of snowmobilers are concerned with the way they are
perceived.  The vast majority do not "race" through city streets.  They do
not tear up other's property.  they do abide by the rules and laws.  When
you consider this snowmobile ban, you must also think about those people.
And they are people that you may know.  They are your neighbor, your son,
your niece, your father.  They are good people.  That is why it is
imperative that you do not punish those people.

    A snowmobile ban in Duluth will hurt those people, the responsible
people.  The "scofflaws" will still break the laws, like they are doing now.
A new law is not the answer.  Enforcing the laws in place is.  And I
understand that at times that is difficult.  But remember, a person is
innocent until proven guilty in this country.

    Another thing to consider is the huge amounts of revenue your city takes
in each year because of snowmobiling.  As an example, how much did the city
gain by having the WSA SnowCross race a few weekends ago?  Think of the
local snowmobile dealers and accessory retailers.  Or how about the money
all the riders give to your city whether they are staying in Duluth or even
just traveling through.  I do know that a group of friends and myself were
planning a trip to the Duluth area this winter to stay at the Eagle's Nest
Resort.  If we were to find out that Duluth is not a snowmobile friendly
town, why would we want to give you our money?  And just for our group, that
comes out to about $100 - $125 per day per person.  I'm sure that equals a
large amount of money for the Duluth area.  And now times that by the number
of snowmobilers that visit your city.  It must be uncomprehendible.

    All I am asking is for you to do what is fair, what is right.  Don't
punish responsible people.  And don't make me "take my business elsewhere".
I do enjoy your city, at all times of the year.  If possible, please respond
back to me at my e-mail address.

    Respectfully,


    On Monday, the 7th, the Duluth Minnesota City Counselors will vote on a
ban to prohibit snowmobiles from traveling on a future cross-town trail.
This ban is being headed by a group called Minnesotans for Responsible
Recreation, which is basically an anti motorized extremist group.  If this
ban were to pass, which it now appears will, will prevent the future
construction of a trail which would allow travel into the City, utilizing
amenities such as gas, food, lodging, as well as being a centralized hub for
travel to the North Shore, East to Wisconsin, West to the Iron Range, or
South to MPLS.  This ban cannot pass!!!  I am asking for anyone with a free
minute to email a short, professional, and courteous note to these city
officials, with your views on this situation.  Remember, if it can happen
here, your town could be next.  Thanks.
                    City Council Addresses & E-mail

                      Ken Hogg -- Council President
                     (218) 727-4312 or (218) 727-1499
                      FAX:  (218) 727-4312

                      Finance Committee Chairperson

                      Yvonne Prettner Solon -- Council Vice President
                      (218) 727-3997

                      Planning Committee Chairperson

                      Patty Edwards
                      Councilor-at-large
                      (218) 724-8705

                      Purchasing & Administration Committee Chairperson

                      Greg Gilbert - PROPOSED BAN - AUTHOR
                      (218) 722-6331 or (218) 724-9129

                      Public Utilities Committee Chairperson

                      Marcia Hales
                      (218) 727-4527

                      Public Safety Committee Chairperson

                      Lynn Fena Hardesty
                      (218) 728-1394

                      Intergovernmental Relations Committee Chairperson

                      Scott Keenan
                      (218) 525-6460
                      Recreation, Libraries & Authorities Committee
Chairperson

                      Isobel Rapaich
                      (218) 626-2829

                      Personnel Committee Chairperson

                      Dale Swapinski
                      (218) 722-4149

                      Public Works Committee Chairperson

                     Mayor: Gary L. Doty

                     Telephone: 218/723-3295

 
 
 

Proposed snowmobile ban

Post by Tom S » Mon, 07 Dec 1998 04:00:00

Here is a response back from one of the Councilors.  She seems to be on our
side.  please send her a note of thanks for the support.  We need many more
people like her.

    Dear Tom,
    I would like to personally thank you for your thoughtful approach to
this
    issue.  I am one of, as far as I know, four city councilors who will not
be
    supporting the proposed ordinance.  This is being pushed by a minority
    group of residents calling themselves the Citizens for Responsible
    Recreation.  It would appear they are against anything and unfortunately
    they are quite organized and "loud" whan it comes to something they
    don't like.

    Please encourage your friends to send letters also.  We need to hear
    from the snowmobilers.

    Again, thanks for taking the time to write.

    Marcia Hales
    3rd District City Councilor
    (representing the center of Duluth which includes C***Park)
Tom S.

Quote:

>I just fired off an e-mail to all involved.  I am enclosing a copy.  Good
>Luck Dave.  Stop that ridiculous ban.

>    I understand that on Monday, December 7th the City of Duluth will be
>considering a ban on snowmobiles within the city.  Although I am not a
>resident of Duluth, please listen to what I have to say.

>    I, as you may have guessed, am a snowmobiler.  I love the sport.  I
love
>getting outdoors with my friends and enjoying Minnesota.  Although I am
from
>the Twin Cities area, I love traveling "Up North" to your area and even
>further.  And I will promise you this, I am not a reckless, irresponsible
>snowmobiler.  I do care about others and private property.  I do consider
>others when I ride.  And I am not out of the ordinary.  I am like 95% of
>snowmobilers out there.

>    The vast majority of snowmobilers are concerned with the way they are
>perceived.  The vast majority do not "race" through city streets.  They do
>not tear up other's property.  they do abide by the rules and laws.  When
>you consider this snowmobile ban, you must also think about those people.
>And they are people that you may know.  They are your neighbor, your son,
>your niece, your father.  They are good people.  That is why it is
>imperative that you do not punish those people.

>    A snowmobile ban in Duluth will hurt those people, the responsible
>people.  The "scofflaws" will still break the laws, like they are doing
now.
>A new law is not the answer.  Enforcing the laws in place is.  And I
>understand that at times that is difficult.  But remember, a person is
>innocent until proven guilty in this country.

>    Another thing to consider is the huge amounts of revenue your city
takes
>in each year because of snowmobiling.  As an example, how much did the city
>gain by having the WSA SnowCross race a few weekends ago?  Think of the
>local snowmobile dealers and accessory retailers.  Or how about the money
>all the riders give to your city whether they are staying in Duluth or even
>just traveling through.  I do know that a group of friends and myself were
>planning a trip to the Duluth area this winter to stay at the Eagle's Nest
>Resort.  If we were to find out that Duluth is not a snowmobile friendly
>town, why would we want to give you our money?  And just for our group,
that
>comes out to about $100 - $125 per day per person.  I'm sure that equals a
>large amount of money for the Duluth area.  And now times that by the
number
>of snowmobilers that visit your city.  It must be uncomprehendible.

>    All I am asking is for you to do what is fair, what is right.  Don't
>punish responsible people.  And don't make me "take my business elsewhere".
>I do enjoy your city, at all times of the year.  If possible, please
respond
>back to me at my e-mail address.

>    Respectfully,


>    On Monday, the 7th, the Duluth Minnesota City Counselors will vote on a
>ban to prohibit snowmobiles from traveling on a future cross-town trail.
>This ban is being headed by a group called Minnesotans for Responsible
>Recreation, which is basically an anti motorized extremist group.  If this
>ban were to pass, which it now appears will, will prevent the future
>construction of a trail which would allow travel into the City, utilizing
>amenities such as gas, food, lodging, as well as being a centralized hub
for
>travel to the North Shore, East to Wisconsin, West to the Iron Range, or
>South to MPLS.  This ban cannot pass!!!  I am asking for anyone with a free
>minute to email a short, professional, and courteous note to these city
>officials, with your views on this situation.  Remember, if it can happen
>here, your town could be next.  Thanks.
>                    City Council Addresses & E-mail

>                      Ken Hogg -- Council President
>                     (218) 727-4312 or (218) 727-1499
>                      FAX:  (218) 727-4312

>                      Finance Committee Chairperson

>                      Yvonne Prettner Solon -- Council Vice President
>                      (218) 727-3997

>                      Planning Committee Chairperson

>                      Patty Edwards
>                      Councilor-at-large
>                      (218) 724-8705

>                      Purchasing & Administration Committee Chairperson

>                      Greg Gilbert - PROPOSED BAN - AUTHOR
>                      (218) 722-6331 or (218) 724-9129

>                      Public Utilities Committee Chairperson

>                      Marcia Hales
>                      (218) 727-4527

>                      Public Safety Committee Chairperson

>                      Lynn Fena Hardesty
>                      (218) 728-1394

>                      Intergovernmental Relations Committee Chairperson

>                      Scott Keenan
>                      (218) 525-6460
>                      Recreation, Libraries & Authorities Committee
>Chairperson

>                      Isobel Rapaich
>                      (218) 626-2829

>                      Personnel Committee Chairperson

>                      Dale Swapinski
>                      (218) 722-4149

>                      Public Works Committee Chairperson

>                     Mayor: Gary L. Doty

>                     Telephone: 218/723-3295


 
 
 

Proposed snowmobile ban

Post by MnUSA » Mon, 07 Dec 1998 04:00:00

Thank you for your efforts

J. Mausolf Pres.
Duluth Area Association of Snowmobile Clubs

 
 
 

Proposed snowmobile ban

Post by SKI D » Mon, 07 Dec 1998 04:00:00

Dave,

Even though I live in Mich., I also took the time to send off an E-mail to the
people on your list. The more the better in my book.
Hope you guys make out all right.

Mark

Quote:
>On Monday, the 7th, the Duluth Minnesota City Counselors will vote on a
>ban to prohibit snowmobiles from traveling on a future cross-town
>trail.  This ban is being headed by a group called Minnesotans for
>Responsible Recreation, which is basically an anti motorized extremist
>group.  If this ban were to pass, which it now appears will, will
>prevent the future construction of a trail which would allow travel into
>the City, utilizing amenities such as gas, food, lodging, as well as
>being a centralized hub for travel to the North Shore, East to
>Wisconsin, West to the Iron Range, or South to MPLS.  This ban cannot
>pass!!!  I am asking for anyone with a free minute to email a short,
>professional, and courteous note to these city officials, with your
>views on this situation.  Remember, if it can happen here, your town
>could be next.  Thanks.

>                City Council Addresses & E-mail

>                  Ken Hogg -- Council President
>                 (218) 727-4312 or (218) 727-1499
>                  FAX:  (218) 727-4312

>                  Finance Committee Chairperson

>                  Yvonne Prettner Solon -- Council Vice President
>                  (218) 727-3997

>                  Planning Committee Chairperson

>                  Patty Edwards
>                  Councilor-at-large
>                  (218) 724-8705

>                  Purchasing & Administration Committee Chairperson

>                  Greg Gilbert - PROPOSED BAN - AUTHOR
>                  (218) 722-6331 or (218) 724-9129

>                  Public Utilities Committee Chairperson

>                  Marcia Hales
>                  (218) 727-4527

>                  Public Safety Committee Chairperson

>                  Lynn Fena Hardesty
>                  (218) 728-1394

>                  Intergovernmental Relations Committee Chairperson

>                  Scott Keenan
>                  (218) 525-6460
>                  Recreation, Libraries & Authorities Committee
>Chairperson

>                  Isobel Rapaich
>                  (218) 626-2829

>                  Personnel Committee Chairperson

>                  Dale Swapinski
>                  (218) 722-4149

>                  Public Works Committee Chairperson

>                 Mayor: Gary L. Doty

>                 Telephone: 218/723-3295