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RC track plans scrapped

January 30, 2012

After months of public meetings and jumping through bureaucratic hoops, Owensville RC Club has decided to abandon its efforts to build a track at the Bishop City Park. File photo

What was touted as being a free and constructive activity for kids, old and young alike – a remote control car track at the Bishop City Park – has been scrapped.
Owensville RC Club President Sam Vargas told the Bishop City Council that due to time restraints and a vocal opposition, “The club has lost interest in a track at the park.”
Vargas said it was a very tough decision to make, but so have the hoops and hurdles the club and himself have gone through in their efforts.
“I would like to offer an apology to all the people we have made mad. Obviously, there are people out there that just don’t like what we’re doing,” Vargas said, “And, thank you to those who helped us with what we’ve tried to do.”
Keith Caldwell, Community Services director, said he wanted to thank Vargas and the RC club for all they’ve done.
Cadlwell said he’d gotten to know Vargas through the months of working on the project and added that Vargas is part of “what is good about our county.” Vargas and the club had been willing to jump through the many hoops to try and get the ground broken for the project. This included the many “public hoops,” including public hearings, comments and meetings, that eventually proved to be too much for the RC club.
“Thank you for all your efforts,” Caldwell said.
The club has been on the search for a permanent track location since a track on Department of Water and Power land was taken down.
The club has had in the past and is currently operating at a track at the Tri-County Fairgrounds. The fairgrounds charges a minimal fee to cover insurance for each racer.

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