James Kilcoyne lives immediately across Highway 164 from the off-road vehicle area as its nearest neighbor. “When we moved here in 1988 we did not know it was a four-wheel area,” he said. “There would be one or two ATV’s every month and they were local guys. It started to be used more and more and the riders are parking all along the highway.”
Kilcoyne said that he has observed riders camp in the area, which he said is a violation of Corps of Engineers rules. “There are hundreds of riders out here. We have nothing but four-wheeler noise. They get up the road and do wheelies for hours on end. You can talk to anyone in Linton about almost hitting riders. They jump berms and ride out into the street. You can’t see them until they hit the road.”
When driving onto the road, a violation of state law, Kilcoyne said that riders accidentally bring rocks onto the road for a 200-300 meter length. He said that the rocks pose a danger for motorists.
“My house is the closest to the area. It’s my door that gets beaten on when there is a problem because there is no cellular phone reception down here. People have been severely hurt or killed over there,” Kilcoyne said.
Jeff Futrell owns property near the recreation area and leases land adjacent to the off-road area. He said that even as a tenant, he deserves the same property rights as other landowners in the area. “We post signs, and they get torn down. We put up a fence around our property and riders knocked them down. We’ve fixed it dozens of times. The Corps even took half the field through imminent domain but that didn’t give anyone any satisfaction. They still road in the field and on the road.”
Read more on the concerns of Linton homeowners in this week's Cadiz Record.