Recently, a moratorium was discussed to be imposed by the Town of Wilna to cease all Recreational Motor Vehicles from operating on the trail system, on privately owned property, and on a dirt trail that sits in the town made for this purpose, on private land, which was Okayed by the previous zoning officer. This means that all ATV, motorbikes, and snowmobiles will NO LONGER be able to be operated by their owners in their Private Property, or the trail system.
All of this is a direct effect from the complaints of “transplants” that came to the North Country for “peace and tranquility”. However, the road signs that signal the use of these vehicles were there long before they came, and before buying their property, they had the knowledge of these vehicles being permitted to be run in such a spot. There is also no noise ordinance in these areas, and this is also a complaint, even though a motorbike or two on a trail that is operated ONCE a week until DUSK make a whole lot less noise than the jets and maneuvers that are ran on Fort Drum all hours of the night.
Not to mention, snowmobilers and ATV riders come from all areas of the North Country, sometimes counties away, to ride our trails and to shop at our local small businesses. In our present day economy, in such a small town as this, one would THINK that any business is good business. Apparently, where transplants come from small business success must not matter. We can’t all be Macy’s. Also, these kids and their dirt bikes are supervised and not out in the streets being hooligans. They also can only ride until dark, as there weren’t any lights installed on the trail, something that could have been done, but was not as it’s not a commercial business or a facility. IT is someone’s PRIVATE PROPERTY that they OWN and PAID FOR. The recreational vehicles were also acquired through hard work and money from a small business LOCALLY, not some big corporation downstate. For a small town that thrives on small business, it’s ironic that they are attempting to tell its long-time residents what they can and cannot do on their own land, and on the trail system mainly used for this purpose.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Russia.