Loon Lake roads deserve better year-round maintenance

Author Miranda Smith wonders what it takes to get the local roads maintained.

Dear Editor

Over the past 18 years of living in Loon Lake, I have seen our roads either barely staying together or slowly falling apart. These roads have thousands of pot holes that can’t wait to take out any tire that runs over them. Even after the construction people finally do patch the roads, the pavement is still so horrible that you can kick it apart with your foot.

Loon Lake may have only 200 people, but it is still a high tourist destination in the summer time. Over 1,000 tourists visit Loon Lake every year, and they need proper roads to ensure transportation to and from their destination safely. Children attend elementary and high school in Cache Creek and Ashcroft year round. The people who take care of our roads don’t even plow the snow left on the roads in the winter time. How can we depend on these roads to transport our children safely? They are our future!

The residences of Loon Lake who own lake-front property pay more taxes than Ashcroft and Cache Creek put together. Back when my family used to own Marigold Resort, we had to pay seven grand per year for four lake-front lots. Across the lake there are cabins that have no road access, and they even have to pay $1,800 a year. Even farmlands ranging from 10 to 20 acres or more have to pay up to $1,600 per year.

Loon Lake may not have many people but they pay more money in taxes than most towns. Children are present all year round, and it is a high tourist area. They deserve to be provided with proper roads all year round and not forgotten about.

Miranda Smith

Loon Lake

 

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