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Sups hear OHV noise worry

Residents say riders intrude on their peace

April 3, 2012
By EMILIE NELSON, Messenger staff writer , Messenger News

Residents who live along South 29th Street near an off-highway vehicle trail complained about its noise levels to the Webster County Board of Supervisors Tuesday.

Residents living near the trail, which is located on private ground, asked the supervisors to take action to prevent it from becoming an increased nuisance.

"We are getting concerned about the noise level," said Gene Madson, who lives near the park. "It's becoming a nuisance and we don't want it."

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meeting held April 3, 2012

Madson said the trail has been in operation for a year on about 20 to 30 acres of land between 29th Street and tracks owned by the Union Pacific Railroad.

He said he is concerned that plans to add jumps to the trails will bring in additional OHVs and create more noise.

"It's supposed to be for young 'pro' people," Madson said. "But what we want is for the owner to cease operations."

Vicky Hiesterman, who also lives in the 29th Street neighborhood, said the noise isn't just taking place during the daytime hours.

"It's going on all day. It gets noisy and we deserve peace and quiet too," said Hiesterman.

Madson said he and other residents of the neighborhood contacted Board of Supervisors Chairman Bob Singer to help form a collaborative effort to put a stop to the noise.

"We tried to find some common ground," said Madson. "These riders have been running all over the fences and down the railroad to the southeast. It's illegal to follow the tracks."

Mark Davis, corporate relations and media director with the Union Pacific Railroad, said that following the path of railroad tracks, whether by ATV or on foot, is considered a form of trespassing.

"You can be issued a citation if caught on railroad property," said Davis.

Madson said they have notified both the Fort Dodge Police and Webster County Sheriff's Department about the noise issues.

"We feel like we're being told there is nothing they can do," he said. "We're just not getting much action from the sheriff or police and the way we feel is we all have to work together to get it to stop."

Darwin Sturtz, a co-owner of the land, declined to comment on the issue.

The complaint has been forwarded to the Board of Adjustment.

Contact Emilie Nelson at (515) 573-2141 or



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