This is what worries TASA (this appeared in the Marquette Mining Journal);
Snowmobile trail closed
First, I would like to apologize for having to close the ORV/snowmobile trail through my property in Gwinn.
I’m sure that 95 percent of the riders are much like myself and my family. We obey the laws and respect other people’s rights. This has not been the case on my property. Since I posted the trail, put up fencing and finally stacked up trees across the trail, I’ve had to make over 30 complaints to law enforcement for trespassing and destruction of private property.
I’ve invested over $300 in signs, posts and fencing and they have been completely destroyed. This is unacceptable to me and my family. How would they like someone not only riding a dirt bike and four-wheeler through their backyard while their kids are out there? This is what I have had to put up with. This is why the ORV/snowmobile trail is closed. I ask the citizens of Gwinn to help solve this problem. Riding dirt bikes is against the law anywhere in Gwinn. There is a designated trail in the Bass Lake area for dirt bikes.
That is the only place dirt bikes may be ridden. The Forsyth Township board has authorized four-wheelers and ORVs to be ridden anywhere in Gwinn under Ordinance No. 1-99. This ordinance also provides for imprisonment for not more than 90 days or a fine of not more than $500 for violation of this ordinance.
This includes trespassing and destruction of private property. Trespassing is a violation and I have notified the police force that I will prosecute. Individuals who damage property can be ordered by the court to pay restitution for the full amount of such damage. Recently I had a good meeting with Don Britton, president of the Hiawatha Trails Snowmobile Club. He informed me that the trail through my property is the only trail to Arnold. He asked if there was any way that I would open the trail for snowmobiling.
I asked him to assure me that all four-wheelers and dirt bikers would be kept off the trail. He could not give me that assurance. So I notified him the trail will remain closed during the snowmobile season. Again, I apologize to all the law abiding riders. Get the violators off the trail, they deserve to be prosecuted. Then this issue can be addressed at a future date.
Harry A. Barriger
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