Supervisors hear Motocross noise settlement
The Wosicks offered an agreement with the county to pay half the fee of noise monitoring costs incurred by the county, currently totaling $170,400.
The noise monitoring took place as a direct ruling of the 2003 court case, ‘Citizens for a Healthy Rural Environment, and Richard and Mary Morgan v. Lassen County and Larry and Lise Wosick.’
However, the Wosicks sited discrepancies with the billing from the county’s retained consultants, Wilson, Ihrig and Associates, during the past four motocross seasons.
Lise Wosick said she and her husband were trying to reach an agreement with the county that would allow them to continue being part of the community.
“We’ve also been hit with a lot of e-mails and support from citizens,” Lise Wosick said, “that also feel that a contribution from this board would go a long way for what Honey Lake does for this community.”
In light of everything, we have come up with an amount that we would like to increase from the offer in the packet to 50 percent of all the bills. Larry and I have never said we don’t want to pay the bills that are for account, however we want to pay what we believe is fair.”
Lise said she wanted to approach the board as amiably as possible without going deep into any pending litigation, instead opting for a more peaceful resolution.
Multiple members from the community were also in attendance, from hotel owners to motocross racers to local community members.
The community gave numerous reasons as to why they wanted the county to accept the Wosick’s proposal. Business owners who knew nothing of motocross racing voiced their support for the added business the park has brought to the community, while avid motocross racers cited the park as one of the primary places in the county where their kids could go to have fun, stay out of trouble and learn valuable life lessons.
Legal counsel Craig Settlemire said while it was highly unusual for the county board to enter into settlement negotiations with people they are involved with in pending litigation, he suggested that they could deliberate on the proposal in closed session.
Settlemire said that was the only way the board could discuss the proposal without having to worry about what they said at the meeting being used against them later in court.
The supervisors, under the direction of Settlemire, planned to discuss the proposed settlement in a special closed session meeting at 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31, before a three-day holiday weekend. The board is not scheduled to meet again until Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 9:30 a.m.
The outcome of the closed session was not available at press time.
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