City of Porterville Parks and Leisure Services
Everyone asking for Grant money does it with honorable intentions to manage our public lands , provide sustainable recreation and protect resources. I agree with all of that and am not one to say "do not fund" but there are exceptions from my point of view.
In reviewing these grants for 2009/2010 It it is alarming how the % of actual work on the ground changes from one agency to another. From experience I would like to see no more than 5% of the grant request for staff under Ground Operation go to management. The key to sustainable recreation on our public lands are for our grant money to be spent on the ground.
Every single grantee should be preaching "Stay on Designated Trail" regardless what your job is, it is the responsibility of every person involved with OHV that this message has to pushed.
Every single grantee should encourage those that are law abiding citizens to put pressure on the "Willfully Ignorant" to change their way so that we can have a "Sustainable OHV recreation" for future generations.
Lastly I want to thank every single person involved in working on OHV recreation for your time and dedication. [Ed Waldheim "OHV activist for access to public lands for all" - 3/28/10]
Every single Law Enforcement grant should have a commitment and focus to catch the "Willfully Ignorant" visitor. We see every day folks doing what ever they want and they feel immune because it is their feeling "there is no one around to catch me" That has to change. Yes, we have Green Sticker Violations, sound violations, and other normal day to day violations that by now should be all in compliance. It is the "Willfully Ignorant " that does not abide by the rules of the areas they ride in, i.e. "Stay on Designated Trails " "Respect Private Property" "Know the rules of area you are riding in " be it Forest Service, BLM, City and County. All of us can put pressure on the "Willfully Ignorant" but it is Law Enforcement that needs to focus their talent to those that want to ruin it for everyone. We can not let them rule our destiny or how we are being portrait in the eyes of the public and government elected officials.
The other area of grave concern is our children, we need to make sure that all children 16 and under on Quads have the proper certification. We need to make sure that they are properly dressed to ride, no tank tops, tennis shoes and short pants. Parents need to be told of their responsibility in the strongest possible manner, ticket.
Thank you all for working this very difficult issue. [Ed Waldheim "OHV activist for access to public lands for all" - 3/28/10]
I was there in the early 80's when this facility was opened with an AMA national Event. Bleachers there and as I recall OHV put over 500 K into this facility. Now after years on and off again, I find it interesting that a grant for $169,000 dollars is being asked for a multi use complex. I have not been there since it's opening, but have a hard time understanding how you can spend $169,000 on a facility that is only 30 Acres. there are no visitor numbers stated, There is no reference to income from the running of a track, which that is what EMT are for, tractor rental, to prep the track, flaggers $11,831 that is for racing. This grant does not describe exactly what is going on. It is a moto Cross track? so who runs it, What happens to the gate fee? Is this open to public every day, one hour a week, or only once a month, there just is not enough information to be able to support this kind of money on 30 Acres.
Law Enforcement is reasonable, however still wish we had some number of contact, and if outside of the park, what type of contact is this, Get ticket, is riding available outside of the track? Again, what is this county and City position on OHV? [Ed Waldheim "OHV activist for access to the public lands for all" - 3/28/10]