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12th District Agricultural Association

Preliminary Application Comments


 On behalf of Merced Dirt Riders and myself, I have many questions and concerns regarding the grant applications submitted by the 12Th District Agricultural Association.

The Development application #G08-07-01-D01/2 and the Education and Safety application # G08-07-01-S01 are both applications for signage. Arguably, the category for one or the other of these grants is incorrect as submitted.

In the Education and Safety grant application, the 12Th District Ag. Assoc. asks for a $240,000 digital sign to advertise a 2 acre motocross track. This seems like a very expensive digital sign, for a very small OHV area. Although the 12Th District Ag. Assoc. should be commended for offering legal and local OHV opportunities, this is a very small OHV park offering only 1 specific type of OHV recreation. There has to be some proportion of request to opportunity. Also, the Ukiah Speedway Motocross, the entity in charge of the motocross track has an excellent website full of pertinent information.

There seems to be no lack of information available in the community regarding the motocross track, so the need for additional signage is questionable. Ironically, the proposed digital sign would be located directly out side of the Redwood Empire Fair, and probably be used to advertise the fair to the passing motorists on Highway 101. I doubt it would be solely used to advertise OHV opportunities as indicated on the applications.

Again, the need for the development of the staging area is questionable. The area proposed for development for a staging area seems unsuitable, and for a grant request of $429,200.00 for a staging area for a 2 acre OHV park quite excessive. The are other ways to prevent dust that work well.

For the Operations grant #G08-07-01-G01, again, the proportion of cost to opportunity remains. It would be advisable to determine the relationship between the 12Th Ag. Assoc., the Ukiah Speedway Motocross and the North State Racing Association, since the later two organizations seem to sponsor and host the races, and appear to be for-profit enterprises.

It's important to understand the 12Th District Ag. Assoc. is actually the Redwood Empire Fair, and any and all OHV opportunities that exist take place in the fairgrounds.

Therefore any points added on the application that refer to motorized access to non-motorized activities (question #9 in Evaluation Criteria) are irrelevant, since motorized access already exists to the RV park, and other facilities also located in the fairgrounds. [Michael Damaso, President, Merced Dirt Riders Inc. - 4/5/09]


 On behalf of CORVA and myself, I have many questions and concerns regarding the grant applications submitted by the 12th District Agricultural Association.

1. The Development application #G08-07-01-D01/2 and the Education and Safety application # G08-07-01-S01 are both applications for signage. Arguably, the category for one or the other of these grants is incorrect as submitted.

2. In the Education and Safety grant application, the 12th District Ag. Assoc. asks for a $240,000 digital sign to advertise a 2 acre motocross track. This seems like a very expensive digital sign, for a very small OHV area. Although the 12th District Ag. Assoc. should be commended for offering legal and local OHV opportunities, this is a very small OHV park offering only 1 specific type of OHV recreation. There has to be some proportion of request to opportunity.

Also, the Ukiah Speedway Motocross, the entity in charge of the motocross track has an excellent website full of pertinent information.

3. There seems to be no lack of information available in the community regarding the motocross track, so the needed for additional signage is questionable. Ironically, the proposed digital sign would be located directly out side of the Redwood Empire Fair, and probably be used to advertise the fair to the passing motorists on Highway 101. I doubt it would be solely used to advertise OHV opportunities as indicated on the applications.

4. Again, the need for the development of the staging area is questionable. As indicated by a previous commenter, the area proposed for development for a staging area seems unsuitable, and for a grant request of $429,200.00 for a staging area for a 2 acre OHV park quite excessive.

For the Operations grant #G08-07-01-G01, again, the proportion of cost to opportunity remains.

5. It would be advisable to determine the relationship between the 12th Ag. Assoc., the Ukiah Speedway Motocross and the North State Racing Association, since the later two organizations seem to sponsor and host the races, and appear to be for-profit enterprises.

6. It's important to understand the 12th District Ag. Assoc. is actually the Redwood Empire Fair, and any and all OHV opportunities that exist take place in the fairgrounds. Therefore any points added on the application that refer to motorized access to non-motorized activities (question #9 in Evaluation Criteria) are irrelevant, since motorized access already exists to the RV park, and other facilities also located in the fairgrounds.

7. There is no indication that any other OHV use, other than motocross exists on the 2 acre site. Specifically, 4WD or ATV operation would be nearly impossible in an OHV area that small. Therefore, answers to question #3 in Evaluation Criteria, must be changed to indicate that the project would not maintain multiple use, since multiple use is non-existent. [Amy Granat - 3/31/09]



 I am submitting the following comments on the OHV Grants Request, G08-07-01-D01, 12th District Ag. Association:

Funding for sign.
Comments: The location for this sign is not in the grant request.
There is no description of the type of OHV activity that takes place on the 2 acre site, only the type of vehicles. Is the 2 acre site open every day?

I find it hard to believe that you get 10,000 OHV visitations a year on a 2 acre site.

Your total for all of your requests, $804,000, for a 2 acre site is NOT a good return on OHV Grant money.

Thank you for considering my comments. [Bruce Brazil - 3/7/09]



 Comments for OHV Grant request, G08-07-01-D02, Developement

A. Statement of Development Activity
The area surrounding the OHV track is a dirt and gravel area. It is not conducive to providing safe area to stage from during practices and races. It can be very dusty and cause a safety issue with the freeway.
Comment: This does not describe what development will take place.

E. Location and Description of OHV Opportunities
Cow Mountain recreation area is the closest place to us and the nicer our facility is the more people will use it. We need to continue to improve on our current facility.
Comment: There is no indication as to where this 2 acre park is located.

Thank you for taking the time to consider my comments. [Bruce Brazil - 3/7/09]