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Fairy-tale dream

To the Editor:

The residents of Carpentersville have been sold out to a bunch of Chicago mountain bike riders on just a promise. Their promise is to fund, build, regulate, plus police a 5-mile mountain bike trail in a small 25-acre town park. The village of Carpentersville has not maintained this park area for more than 40 years because of its harsh terrain and access.

CAMBr, a Chicago-based mountain bike club, came into town with a sugar-coated promise to clean up the area that drug dealers, gang bangers and violent criminals use on a daily basis. The Carpentersville Village Board, and especially the president Ed Ritter (his pet project), have overwhelmingly supported it.

CAMBr, which for the first time gave a presentation June 19 to the board, was looking forward to a unanimous yes vote but now has to wait until July 10 for the outcome. The promises of CAMBr to take all the work upon themselves and to just about fully pay for the expenses sounds like a Walt Disney movie.

No doubt this is a flimflam that the board has swallowed hook, line and sinker. In the end, we the residents of Carpentersville again will end up paying out our hardworking tax dollars for this fairy-tale dream.

Wayne Bastiaans



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