It’s time to throw in the towel on Motomania debate
Here we go again. The ongoing Motomania saga, makes me want to stick a finger up my throat and puke. I just don’t understand why Mostetler property owners won’t leave Doug Longenecker and his Motomania project alone.
If nothing else both sides have been tenacious. I give Longenecker credit for sticking it out. I think I would have been long gone- taking my dreams to a more friendly location. His neighbors have been equally tenacious- fighting every move he makes, and having done so for nearly two years.
In my skewed way of thinking, Longenecker and his project could be a real asset to this area. Please envision hundreds of outdoor enthusiasts coming to Harrison each and every weekend to enjoy the trails and outdoor activities he has available. Do you know how that would improve Harrison’s economy?
Motomania’s neighbors, at least some of them, don’t see it that way. They bought their pristine cabins on large acreage plots amongst wildlife to live without people and noise. Now they gotta put up with both- yahoos driving crazily down their gravel road, and then creating noise once on Motomania’s trails.
They have done everything legally possible to stop Motomania from operating. In the end Motomania was able to get a special use permit, and is now in business. So now what?
Well, neighbors are pushing the envelope on two fronts. They are asking Hayes Township to implement a noise ordinance. Essentially, if they get that passed, they feel they have now armed the Sheriff’s Department with a weapon to shutdown Motomania if the noise is too loud.
Secondly they are still demanding that Lyle Criscuolo, Hayes Township Planning Commission Chairman, be removed from office. Neighbors have flooded the Prosecutor’s office with letters accusing Criscuolo of improprieties involving the Motomania approval.
To me, particularly the latter, is nothing but harassment. Criscuolo to my knowledge has done nothing wrong that vote for the Motomania project. The fact that neighbors are turning on him, accusing him of improprieties, and asking the Prosecutor to act is poppycock. Again a normal planner, might simply resign from his unpaid position to avoid the controversy. I give Criscuolo kudos for standing up to the angry mob.
I guess I look at it this way. When you move into your cabin in the wilderness, you know at the time you have very little control over what is going to happen on the plot of land next to you. You really have no control over who, or how many travel down the public gravel road you live on. A landfill, a prison or a halfway house might be built next to you. In this case it is Motomania. I suggest you live with it, or move elsewhere.