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9/26/2013 12:38:00 PM
Letter: Motorcycle event not good fit for Cottonwood


I know the city will consider the motorcycle event in Old Town a success because of the perceived benefit this event brings into the community. The city has already talked up this event, trying its best to convince us its what we want and need. But at what cost?

I'm a motorcycle man myself, but I was upset that Hell's Angels had a recruitment booth in Old Town. That along with a strong emphasis on alcohol consumption (four beer gardens) is not in fitting with our community. This is not the type of event that our community needs, regardless of the revenue the city promises it brings to us. Some things are more important.

I think the city leaders have their priorities confused with what we residents want to see in our community.

David Steel


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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, October 19, 2013
Article comment by: Tina Vigilante

It would be nice if the police in this town would enforce the law. There are decent citizens living in Cottonwood residents who enjoy peace and quiet have a right to live too. We are sick to death of selfish obnoxious bikers taking over our town. We have a right to peace and quiet. Do your jobs Cottonwood police.

Posted: Saturday, October 19, 2013
Article comment by: Tina Vigilante

I agree. These despicable criminals have no place in our comunity.

Posted: Saturday, October 5, 2013
Article comment by: Two Takeaways

After attending the event, and reading all these comments, I have reached several conclusions.

First, the event was probably a success from a financial standpoint. Our hotels were filled up, people were in our restaurants and bars, and so forth.

Second, the people of Old Town have every bit the right to quiet enjoyment of their home as anyone else does in any neighborhood anywhere in Cottonwood. If you disagree, may I respectfully suggest you are flat out wrong.

Third, the event was poorly planned and executed on many levels. People complained about traffic rerouted off Main St., parking, garbage, and noise.

The event clearly violated the city's own noise ordinance. If any other entity organized this, no doubt the city would come down hard on them. The city is no more entitled to disturb the peace than any private citizen or organization.

So, two takeaways if this event is to return next year.

First, hold it at the Fairgrounds, or possibly at the racetrack property across from Steve Coury. Plenty of room there, and less likely to disturb surrounding neighborhoods.

Second, the city should be required to through the same permitting process similar to what any other applicant would do to hold an event like this.

I suggest requiring city planning staff to do a code review for the event so it is compliant with all ordinances. I also suggest a hearing in front of the planning and zoning commission to approve (or not) with conditions. This then provides a public hearing opportunity for citizens to also have input in the planning stages.

This is a good way to create some checks and balances so the event is less likely to disturb the peace or negatively impact anyone.

Posted: Friday, October 4, 2013
Article comment by: Mr Maverick

I could care less if this event was held in Cottonwood. IMHO if they do not like motorcycles I will not spend a dime there. Perhaps the Iron Brotherhood will be there next year with a booth.

Posted: Friday, October 4, 2013
Article comment by: Verde Voter

Ok here we go. Jason rogers. ok so your young for now. But Jason, you must realize that every old person was once young like you. And you too pal will be old one day. And I wonder what will you decide is not acceptable when your 50, 60, 70 or 80. What will be your complaints about the times? A sure sign of youth is ignorance. And you too are dust in the wind. All we are is dust in the wind. Enjoy your youth. And when you look at that old boring person? Maybe ask what they did when they were young for fun. Peace. Enjoy.

Posted: Friday, October 4, 2013
Article comment by: Howdy Doody

People, come one. Cottonwood needed this and it was an absolute HONOR to have LEON RUSSELL perform in our little town. As far as the bikers go, well the ones that I know are responsible hard working adults. They put a ton of money (30k to 60K) into their bikes and many of them are professionals. They're not the stereotypes of men who rape women and eat little kids. Geez. Now, to address the "drunks"...well most of the ones I saw were locals, not the bikers. Having an event like this once a year is a great idea! Also, KUDOS TO THE POLICE who did a great job of keeping things cool with everyone. The entire event was basically over by 11pm which is hardly excessively late by most people's standards and if you decide to live right there on or near main street, well then you must have realized that there would be some activity from time to time since based on the name "Main Street." THANK YOU TO LEON RUSSELL AND HIS CREW AND EVERYONE WHO WORKED SO HARD TO MAKE THIS EVENT SO FANTASTIC!

Posted: Thursday, October 3, 2013
Article comment by: Jason Rogers

Someday soon, all who are older and less tolerate will have passed on (to a quiet place?) and the young and 'living' will have inherited the earth to enjoy. I repeat, ENJOY. Not sit and watch TV.

Posted: Thursday, October 3, 2013
Article comment by: verde voter

For the last 2yrs I have left town on this loud awful weekend. I do not appreciate the activity, drunks, loud motorcycles and traffic. This event must be in a remote area outside of city limits or at dead horse park or something. Cottonwood is just asking for problems with this event. Drinking and Motorcycles do not mix well in a peaceful little town. Cottonwood cant be that hard up for money to put up with this.

Posted: Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Article comment by: larry mosher

The only thing I didn't like about the event was that it wound down to early. I worked Saturday and had planned on attending Sunday , but when I showed up it was pretty much over. I went last year and enjoyed every bit of it. Also what is all the harping about booze, If you don't like alcohol, don't brink it. If you don't approve of drinking at events, Don't go. I'm pretty sure I heard that cottonwood was famous during the Prohibition for the quality of it's moonshine.

Posted: Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Article comment by: Matthew Holmes

@ pf:

Wow, and I thought I was cynical and irreverent. What's next, circuses and gladiatorial exhibitions? With the politician putting on the best show winning the election? Kurt Cobain said it best "Here we are now, entertain us!"

People already think their food comes from the grocery store, so hell, what does reality have to do with any of it? Let's just hand the keys to the kingdom over to Hollywood and be done with any pretense of legitimacy and self-respect. Peace out homie, and enjoy the kool-aid.

Posted: Monday, September 30, 2013
Article comment by: Thank You

This country is a free country and open to many diverse groups. Yes, get over it. Just because some have a different lifestyle or set of beliefs does not mean he or she is excluded from community activities.

Posted: Monday, September 30, 2013
Article comment by: Robin Clark

The event was great for the community, and we need more fun events in Cottonwood, but for those of us who live in the downtown area, it was difficult to put up with the noise and parking invasions in front of our homes, and beer bottles and trash in the streets and sidewalks and our yards.really, it should be away from residential areas. Can't sit in my living room and watch tv. Noise was aweful, had to work early not fun for me!.

Posted: Monday, September 30, 2013
Article comment by: @ Matthew Holmes

With the assembly of the First US Congress in 1789, the precedent for the government providing 'entertainment' for its bored citizens was established.

Indeed, we see a proud tradition of legislative, executive and judicial jocularity being perfected even today.

I'd rid ourselves of the Washington entertainment laugh-houses before I'd take on Cottonwood's.


Posted: Monday, September 30, 2013
Article comment by: @ Doris

Doris, you may not believe this, but what you thought you heard was not actually your "TV on normal medium volume".

You were actually hearing the concussive amplified blasts from the Leon Russell concert broadcast far and wide.

That sound was your entire house shaking.

Posted: Monday, September 30, 2013
Article comment by: Bill Ivie

This event benefits a few at the expense of many, including our small town culture. Another example of an aggressive city manager pushing his agenda through a passive and disconnected city council and mayor.

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