ATV/UTV Riding Status in the Town of Quincy
it is still illegal!
10/6/19 Wow! The public hearing meeting was great! Everyone, I talked to was really impressed. It was well attended and we had a great panel of speakers. We also had some awesome questions from those in attendance. Every aspect of ATV’ing was covered by the presenters along with good questions by the attendees. A lot of ground on ATV/UTV’s in Quincy was also covered.
Great job by Kathy Bork our town clerk for putting it together and a special thanks to our Town Chairman Mary Firari.
Our panel consisted of:
Randy Harden President of the Wisconsin ATV/UTV Association (WATVA). Randy stepped forward immediately when he was contacted and asked to speak at the event. On a very short notice, he had to get up pretty early and drive 2 and a half hours in order to attend. I loved his presentation!
Jerry Wiessinger Town Supervisor for the Town of Rome. Jerry was very instrumental in getting an ATV Ordinance in the Town of Rome. Jerry gave a super speech in fact I would like to get a copy of it! So I myself can use it and plagiarize it! When I asked Jerry to speak at our event when he attended a meeting at our town to give me support at my speech. Without any hesitation he accepted.
Adams County Sheriff Brent York. The sheriff gave a report on all complaints on ATV/UTV’s in Adams County in 2019 and in the Town of Quincy. The County had 2 deaths.
Adams County Sheriff Sean Long (Recreation Officer) Sean is a great resource with lot’s knowledge of the law pertaining to all recreation vehicles.
Adams County Executive Director Laura Hook. Laura is always ready to step up and give a report on the benefit and revenue stream for businesses and tourist dollars brought into the county.
Mary Firari Town Chairman presided over the event.
Harry Zeigler Supervisor # 2
Dan Wysocky Supervisor # 1 did not attend.
It was a great Town event ran exceptionally well and it was well received by everyone in attendance
9/25/19 Hey gang, we need all club members to show up at this open meeting! We need to fill the Community Center. As a club we have been pursuing our quest for ATV/UTV’s in Quincy since July 2017 exactly 27 months now. Everyone should by now know the extensive hours of push, work, meetings, conversations, an election, and our ATV/UTV support signs in Quincy which have been cluttering up our town since July 1, 2018. Now is the time we need to get this thing completed. I personally would like to get on with my life!
A lot of towns surrounding Quincy have already approved them and started a lot later then we did! Let’s get this thing approved and done!
Let’s Ride! Think PowerSports!
9/17/19 Hey gang, we have a baseball game to attend this Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019 at the Quincy Town Hall at 6:00 pm. At the meeting in August while I was up front speaking I stole a pitching ‘CUTTER’ sign, as the front row was giving hand signals to Supervisors 1 & 2 to cut me off! Let’s see if we can pick up a few more! You know (steal, double steal, suicide squeeze, bunt, run on contact etc.).
Lot’s more going on at meeting then just ATV/UTV’s.
Hope to see you there! Lot’s of fun! First pitch at 6:00 pm.
9/1/19 There were 68 people at the Town Hall Board Meeting. With lot’s of Ridge Riders present. Our ATV/UTV presentation was well received by all people at the meeting. With our new Town Chairman in place I was finally given the time I needed to state our case I got to talk for about 11 min.. Everything that was presented was all fact. I wish you all could of been there! When I was done I actually got an applause from those in attendance. What an experience! We did walk away without a signed ordinance. But we did make a major advancement. We made a request for the town to hold a public hearing in the town of Quincy for ATV/UTV’s and under the direction of our town chairman we will be getting one. A date, time, and place will have to be scheduled. We need it held on a Saturday, at a larger venue then the town hall. And I am hoping we get about 150 people there so stay tuned.
While I was up speaking, in the front row of the audience someone began to make me feel like I was at a major league baseball game (the Brewers), and I thought we had a celebrity in the audience (Craig Counsel) the Brewers manager. In the front row a town resident was flashing hand signals to the town supervisors. I was trying to figure out if he was calling for a fastball, slider, or curve ball. And as I was speaking I finally figured it out, it was a ‘CUTTER’ he was signaling to the 2 supervisors to ‘CUT’ me OFF!
This is just to give you an idea of what our town chairman has to put up with at each and every meeting. They sit in the front row giving hand signals to the 2 town supervisors and trust me it is fact! I personally experienced it, and it happened to me!
7/30/2019 We will be back on the agenda for ATV/UTV’s on Thursday, 8/29/19 at 6:00 pm. @ the Quincy Town Hall. We need to load up the place with ATV/UTV supporters. I will be taking the floor and giving a presentation to the board and all citizens at the meeting. The time has come, it is long over do, we need to accomplish this and get it done!
5/26/19 ATV/UTV All Roads Ordinance 4-16 in Quincy is still tabled and no action taken on it at this meeting, it was not on the agenda. We are waiting on the developments taking place on the legitimacy of Supervisor #1 on the town of Quincy board.
The Town’s insurance agent was at the meeting giving a presentation on the insurance policy renewal for the next year and again Supervisor #2 just sat there with no questions on the policy after I spoon fed him a key question on ‘Liability Insurance’ with the addition of ATV/ATV’s at May’s board meeting I am hoping he will add this in his research document for ATV/UTV’s so far he has done nothing.
I wanted to ask the following question with a full house of towns people to prove that the towns liability insurance would not go up in cost with the approval of an ordinance allowing ATV/UTV’s in Quincy.
Would the Town of Quincy’s liability insurance premium go up if an ordinance was passed for allowing the riding of ATV/UTV’s.
Insurance Agent Answer!
More than likely and in most cases the liability insurance premium would not go up! NO
In the open question period Supervisor #2 was asked as to where he was in his ATV/UTV research. What he was using for his research and his answer was some kind of book, brochure, or pamphlet from the WDNR.
I told him that with all his extensive research and investigating of ATV/UTV’s it would be nice if we could see some kind of right-up or documentation on the status and his findings, on his current project for or against. I told him to go to www.wisconsin.gov the Chapter on Conservation 33.23 with all the state statues 22 pages on ATV/UTV’s OHV Vehicles. And he told us that he doesn’t computer.
5/23/2019 Great meeting at the town hall this Thursday. Probably the best so far and more people attended than ever before. The entire atmosphere is changing. The tension, stress, and eerie feeling of not being wanted there has been lifted and is now gone.
As a Navy veteran I am no longer embarrassed by the old dismal, disrespected American Flag that was hanging on the wall for probably many, many years. All the white stripes were gray and it probably didn’t even have 50 stars on it. A new American Flag, and a State of Wisconsin Flag have been added. Both properly mounted on standing flag poles with the correct flag etiquette. Thank you, Chairman Mary Firari.
As for ATV/UTV’s……. As you know, Supervisor #2 is still researching. In fact, if you ask me, he will be researching forever. He will never produce any document or produce a report of his findings, for or against. He said he was doing a lot of reading. His first comment turned out to be a question. “Who is going to pay for damage left on the side of the road, the gravel shoulder, by a disrespectful rider?” After one month of research that’s all he can come up with?
Duh! Quincy has a full time highway department and the county also does to take care of those problems if they should ever even occur. His other comment was this: “Quincy is a farming community.” Here we go again, last time it was “Quincy is a retirement community.” Quincy is a great community for farming, business, tourism, recreation, real estate, retirement and raising children. When will Supervisors 1 & 2 figure that out?
The new Insurance agent for the Town was second on the agenda and introduced himself to all present at the meeting. He asked if anyone from the board or in the audience had any questions and there were none. The town liability insurance renewal is due in July.
New at the town meetings……. Our new Chairman added to the agenda a question and answer period of 3 mins. for anyone that wanted to speak. Someone, I think they call him Denden, used his 3 mins. and asked Supervisor #2 questions on his research project and it went like this:
Question #1 As anyone knows, the one thing everyone is always interested in for ATV/UTV’s is liability. In your extensive research so far, do you know how much liability insurance the town of Quincy is insured for? His answer was NO!
Answer: Denden stated $10,000,000.00
Question #2 Do you know how much liability insurance Adams County carries on their liability insurance? His answer was NO!
Answer: Denden stated $10,000.000.00. And the Rustic Ridge Riders carry a $1,000.000.00 liability insurance policy.
Supervisor #2, in your presence today was the town’s insurance agent and you were given the opportunity to have a few questions answered and you never asked two key questions for your research. 1) How much liability insurance does the town carry? 2) Will the Town’s liability insurance cost go up if we add an ordinance in the town for allowing ATV/UTV’s?
He had no comment and my 3 mins. were over.
Everyone at the meeting was stunned when someone from the back of the room asked a question about an investigation involving two board members and whether or not they are Town of Quincy residents (electors/taxpayers).
4/25/2019 The ATV/UTV ordinance was tabled a motion was made to table the ordinance. The new town supervisor said he needed more time to review it and spend more time researching ATV/UTV’s in and around our township. I really don’t know what needs to be researched this debate and ATV stuff has been going on in Quincy for at least 10 yrs. and the Rustic Ridge Riders written proposal has been going on since July 2017. Even with this delay tactic again against us, I have a feeling that we are on a upswing and things will be changing and going our way soon!
4/16/19 Exciting news Mary Firari was sworn in as Quincy Town Chairman along with two town Supervisors and Kathy Bork as Town Clerk/Treasurer.
And after presenting an ATV/UTV proposal to the old Quincy Town Board on July 27, 2017 and getting on the agenda 9 times with no success and their stalling and delays on the so called ‘policing problem’ in Quincy.
A motion from the floor at the annual meeting was presented for an ‘All Roads ATV/UTV Ordinance #4-16, and seconded, and approved by town electors/residents attending the meeting. The I’s voted ‘yes’ and the motion carried. The motion and Ordinance #4-16 was presented to the town clerk for point of record.
So what does this all mean? It means that the current Town Board will have to get involved, review, consider, and hopefully honor this All Roads ATV/UTV Ordinance #4-16 request.
4/14/19 Our Town! Your Town!
Annual Meeting Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 6:00 pm.
Yea! We are on to a fresh start a new era with change on the horizon and moving forward!
3/7/19 We are on the Town agenda again for the 9th. time. We are not going away. If you live in Quincy and are an elector or taxpayer it’s time to get involved. We need your support! The meeting is Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 6:00 pm.
2/28/19 We were 2nd on the agenda, the chairman stated that a motion is still on the ‘table’ and moved on to the next item on the agenda. I’m beginning think that this is a ‘perpetual motion’.
I immediately raised my hand and he did recognize me. I stated the fact that the policing thing has been going on since January 2018 thirteen months now and a contract with the sheriff has not been signed yet! The motion on the table is something like ‘they will not deal with the ATV/UTV ordinance until they secure policing in Quincy’.
Let’s hope this gets completed. If you remember last November at the annual budget meeting they raised our taxes in Quincy 3.65% to raise the money for policing.
Anyway, kind of thinking about our next move for the March meeting with the town elections coming up on APRIL 2, 2019. We need to get out and campaign for Mary Firari for Town Chairman, Nancy Jonas for Supervisor, and ‘write in’ candidate Kathy Bork Clerk-Treasurer.
Time for a change in Quincy with new leadership!
2/21/19 Starting with the Quincy Town Board meeting of 2-28-19, these meetings will now become a monthly club activity, or you may call it an ‘event’. And the club will be communicating it through E-mail, Facebook, Newsletter, and the events page on our website. We encourage all to attend!
At this month’s ‘event’ we will be proposing an ALL Roads Quincy Town Ordinance. The town of Quincy has a unique situation and opportunity that other municipalities do not have. They have an ‘in-town’ Snowmobile/ATV-UTV Club (Rustic Ridge Rider’s Inc.) to help implement, patrol, and share the cost of signing on town roads and County HWY ‘F’ & ‘Z’ in the town.
We are also going there to form a relationship/partnership with the town board.
Throughout this process, our first attempt with an ATV/UTV proposal to the town board was July 31, 2017 at 6:00 pm. And it’s been on-going ever since.
Over that period of time we have built a relationship with the Wisconsin River Power Co. and we will have permission to ride on their property at the Castle Rock Dam. We have reached out to the County Parks & Recreation Dept. and will not be permitted to ride in Castle Rock County Park. Visited with the DNR Land Management Ranger and were turned down about riding on the Quincy Bluffs Wisconsin DNR property (plan on revisiting this in the future). We will also be reviewing some other options for ‘Trails’ in Quincy.
We have gained and earned the respect and support of our local law enforcement: The Adams County Sheriff, Adams County DNR Warden, and the Adams County Sheriff’s Recreation Enforcement Officer. All have given us support, guidance, and willingness to help us in anyway. And we will most definitely partner with them in support of patrolling our area, ‘Safety First’.
2/5/19 We have forwarded a new ‘ALL Roads’ ordinance for the town of Quincy’s Town Board meeting on February 28, 2019. As we move along this process, it’s the only sensible way to go. People want to ride from their own properties to there destination whether hunting, fishing, going to the dump or just for recreation purposes. Nobody wants to trailer to a road route, unload and leave their transportation vehicle parked and unprotected while they spend the day riding. It will also help with policing and eliminate a lot of unnecessary signing expenses.
1/26/19 We will again be on the town board agenda at the end of February, February 28, 2019 with an ordinance for ‘ALL Town Roads’. We believe we have pretty much covered everything that we thought would be pertinent to make a good sound decision with a ‘YES’ vote from the Town of Quincy board to move into the world of ATV/UTV’s, while enhancing and expanding the town into the activity of outdoor year round power sports.
With the addition of ATV-UTV’s it would be a big boost to our current businesses and would promote more new business to our area. This new ordinance would be instrumental for promoting recreation, tourism, retirement, real estate, and new development in the Town of Quincy thus, raising revenue and income for all mentioned areas. We are all into making this happen. Along with the majority of citizens both electors and taxpayers in the Town of Quincy.
12/1/18 Going to skip the December Quincy Town Board Meeting and take the rest of the year off. Will be back again in January 2019. Have a ‘Happy New Year’!
11/15/18 Money has been approved and added to the Quincy town budget for 2019 for added police patrol from May until September with additional money provided as needed. The Adams County Sheriffs Dept. will be taking on the responsibility and providing the service. Are we on our way to getting ATV/UTV’s approved in Quincy?
11/4/18 Quincy Budget Hearing 11/15/18 @ 5:00 pm. Hey gang, I have met with the Adams County Highway Patrol Super-intendant on signing county roads ‘Z’ & ‘F’, he did a road trip and analyzed where and what kind of signs will be needed. He came up with 12 of them at a cost of $100.00 each. They are all directional signs white arrows with green back rounds. I have put a spread sheet together and a map as to where they need to be placed and forwarded to the town clerk to be added to their Quincy town budget for next year 2019, let’s see where this goes. see below:
10/17/18 For a current look and status as to where we are, what’s been done, and needs to be done from project inception review our ATV/UTV Project Task List.
9/27/18 We were on the agenda and acknowledged at the meeting. Question was asked if our ordinance was the same as last month we answered ‘yes’ and no action was taken. They have met with the sheriff on the proposal for policing within the town and they are still reviewing. I don’t believe any action will be taken on ATV/UTV’s in Quincy until they resolve their policing problem.
I made note to them that we are there for point of record.
9/19/18 And yes, we are on the Quincy Town Board meeting agenda for September 27, 2018 at 6:00 pm. please plan on attending. If nothing else we will try to get a report on policing in Quincy. They were supposed to meet with the sheriff.
8/30/18 Wow! We were on the agenda and actually got to speak. The Adams County Recreation Officer was in attendance along with the WDNR Adams County Warden. Nice to see them, glad they attended. Now they are up- to- speed and totally informed as to where we are as we move along through the ATV/UTV town approval process in Quincy. Both have offered their knowledge and services for any input, references, or questions we may have. The big hang-up is again the question of who is going to patrol and police the town. We were also informed that their is no ‘crime problem’ in Quincy. The town board has received a contract proposal from the Adams County Sheriff and will be meeting with him next week. The town only needs additional police patrol presence during the summer vacation period from Memorial Day to Labor Day. And in particular Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day weekends. Let’s see where this goes!
7/26/18 Should be interesting….. we are on the agenda for the 5th time this Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 6:00 pm. You know with the great communicators with no people skills. They are not team players and do not play well with others. Let’s see if they show any type of leadership and produce any kind of document that they created or, put any effort into that gives us a clear explanation as their refusal to get into any discussion or dialog as to why they are against ATV/UTV’s in Quincy. Sad but true, they won’t even talk to us!
7/28/18 Get this! We were on the agenda at the Quincy Town Hall meeting at 6:00 pm on Thursday, July 26, 2018 and they just did the Linda Ronstad routine and blew right by us on the agenda and moved to the next item. (Linda Ronstad’s Blue Bayou) I did not think that they could do that if you are on the agenda and present! Kind of rude and I thought that they are suppose to be working for us the tax payers! They will not work with or even consider you. They have terrible people skills, zero communication skills, do not work well with others, are not team players, and are definitely unqualified to be dealing with and handling public affairs.
7/11/18 We are on the agenda at the Town of Quincy town board meeting on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 6:00 pm if you are available please plan on attending. We also need to get a report from the board on their policing problem in Quincy we haven’t seen anything on that in 6 months. Two attempts to join the policing committee as a citizen have been denied they are supposedly working on it. The town chairman said the board will take care of it. There are also questions being asked as to whether or not an active town supervisor actually lives in Quincy?
6/16/18 We have been on the agenda in front of the Quincy Board of Directors three times. July 27, 2017, January 31, 2018, and May 31, 2018 and we have made zero headway dealing with them. They already have imbedded in their minds that riding ATV/UTV’s under their watch in the Town of Quincy is not going to happen.
We have gotten no co-operation out of them on this matter and they have provided zero input on this subject. Instead of participating and getting involved, as they should, for all the town’s people, they are governing only for a select few. As tax payers, we have been approaching them responsibly, smartly, and respectfully.
The only response that they have provided is a letter from the Town Attorney on policing the Town. Our response to that is that we did not know that Quincy has a ‘Crime Problem’ which they said they would be looking into. Well, they have been looking into options for policing for 4 and one-half months now and we still haven’t heard or seen anything from them.
From our observation they most definitely lack people and communication skills. It is almost impossible to get any conversation or dialog out of them, with only one of them ever speaking and moving the direction of the dialog to n0where. You simply and immediately get cut off. The other two just sit there with zero input and don’t say anything.
The current Town of Quincy board will never make the move into the world of ATV/UTV’s, which would enhance and expand the town and be a big boost to our current businesses, as well as promoting new businesses in our area. The riding of ATV/UTV’s in Quincy would be instrumental for promoting recreation, tourism, retirement, real estate, and new development in the Town of Quincy, thus raising revenue and income for all mentioned areas.
The Rustic Ridge Riders will be heavily involved after approval of ATV/UTV’s in Quincy with the implementation, roll out, signing, and monitoring of the riding of ATV/UTV’s in our Town of Quincy.
6/1/18 Hey gang, we were on the meeting agenda and when it came to our turn, we were immediately told by the town chairman that the board will not consider our ordinance and would not be approving and signing anything. We were immediately cut off. I did try to get into a little dialog with the chairman by asking him some questions, which I will not get into at this time. We did have about 12 people with us at the meeting providing support and I am sure they will be relaying information of what was being said in various conversations around town.
The chairman was back on the policing thing. Who is going to patrol and police the town of Quincy? Our last time in front of the board was January 31, 2018 and we’ve given them 4 months to review and investigate the policing problem in Quincy and they basically said nothing, No documents, no report, no status, nothing. As we suspected, they probably just tabled it! He did mention that the policing thing, based on the town attorney’s letter, needed to be addressed even before the ATV/UTV thing came into play.
So where are we going and what’s next? Well, with the current Town Board, ATV/UTV riding is not going to go anywhere in the town of Quincy.
Elections are next April in 2019
5/5/18 We are on the Town of Quincy town board meeting agenda for Thursday, May 31, 2018 @ 6:00 pm. at the Quincy Town Hall all are welcome to attend. Take time to review and read the proposed ATV/UTV ordinance below.
3/25/18 We plan on getting on the town agenda at the town meeting on April 26, 2018 at 6:00 pm. with our newly created ordinance.
1/26/18 Don’t hop-on your ATV/UTV and ride off of your property just yet. I thought that the meeting had gone fairly well and there was some good conversation between the town board, myself, and all people in attendance. According to Dan we have gotten further along in the discussion then anyone else.
The big issue that is on the table now is law enforcement in Quincy. Who is going to police and enforce the law. The discussion got more involved than just ATV/UTV’s in fact it went through instances of calls placed to the sheriff’s department that they hadn’t responded to in Quincy from things like late night noise violations, fireworks, loud mufflers, ATV’s etc. just normal citizens just calling in and complaining.
The Town Board is going to look into how Quincy could be better policed.
To explain and make it simple to understand, as to where we currently are please take the time to read the attached letter from the Town of Quincy Attorney.
You guessed it! It is still illegal to ride ATV/UTV’s in Quincy. It went pretty much like and how we all expected it!
1/10/18 We are on the Town of Quincy board meeting agenda with our proposed ATV/UTV ordinance on Thursday, January 25, 2018 @ 6:00 pm. see the ordinance below.
12/ 23/17 As we move along through the process, everyone already knows that our leaders in government move very slow at turtle speed and it takes patience and a long time for them to make any decisions, process, complete, and implement anything. We are still working on an acceptable ATV/UTV route in the town of Quincy. We will be pretty well all set to present the final route and Quincy ATV/UTV ordinance to them probably in January 2018.
10/10/17 Hey gang, great news! I just got word from Wisconsin River Power Company and we would be able to ride on their recreation Castle Rock Dam parking area. After internal discussions within the company they decided that they will not distinguish between motorized vehicles within their parking area whether automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, or ATV/UTV’s.
So their policy is that if motorized vehicles are allowed in their recreational parking areas it means all of them.
10/6/17 Waiting for answer from Wisconsin River Power Co. as to whether or not ATV/UTV’s would be allowed on their property (parking lot) only, at the Castle Rock Lake Dam.
9/29/17 Adams County Parks & Recreation response to ATV/UTV riding in the Castle Rock County Park on CTY HWY Z. Policy, rules, and regulations (no motorized ATV/UTV riding in the county parks)
9/15/17 Meeting results with Wisconsin DNR Land Management. We will ‘not’ be able to ride on, or through any WDNR land in the town of Quincy. It is protected for wildlife and wetlands. It is a Wildlife Conservancy.
9/9/17 We are currently working on an acceptable route for approval in the Town of Quincy. We are right now communicating with the Wisconsin DNR
Review the documents below for a comprehensive report on current updates & status.