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Judge Considers Dismissal Of Motorcycle Ban Case

Whether opponents of a longtime ban on motorcycles in Lake Wildwood will succeed still remains up in the air. A Nevada County judge is pondering whether the case is appropriate for Small Claims Court, with the Homeowners Association asking for a dismissal. The case seeks to overturn a vote held last year by residents that upholds the ban. Opponents, including motorcycle rider John Lippiatt, say the ban violates a recently-passed provision in state legislation that governs such associations. That provision says homeowners associations can’t pass rules that violate state law. Lippiatt says the ban goes against the state municipal vehicle code, which invalidates the election. He also says the Association has ignored a complaint from the Attorney General’s Office regarding corporate code violations. But Association General Manager Debbie Casey says that’s not true…

click to listen to Debbie Casey

Lippiatt says the main issue is noise, but he says motorcyclists have always had to comply with government regulations….

click to listen to John Lippiatt

Casey also points out that there have been other votes upholding the nearly 40-year-old ban in the past. Motorcycles are allowed to be parked outside the two entrances. Lippiatt is also seeking to recoup $128 dollars in campaign expenses. He hopes the judge will grant a full hearing before the end of January.

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December 14, 2016

Gaylord Spurgeon

The original reason behind the ban on motorcycles in Lake Wildwood in 1976,which Debbie Casey said in a statement that she didn't know what the original reason was, is that dirt bikes were making trails on the lots that Boise Cascade were trying to sell. If they couldn't keep the motorcycles on the roads and off the lots, a moratorium would be established. Which it was. At some point and this is where I am not sure of, it was placed into the CC&R's of LWW. It was never about noise.

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