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Update on The Claremont Rail Trail Waiver PDF Print E-mail
Written by mark carrier   
Monday, 02 February 2015 06:53

Update on The Claremont Rail Trail Waiver

The City Attorney, Jane Taylor came to the Claremont Conservation Meeting in January to update the Committee on the status of the Rail Trail waiver that we have all been anxiously awaiting word on.  We are well on the way to the completion of the waiver, but still have several steps to accomplish before the waiver can be sent into the State DOT for approval.  The Federal Highway Administration has the final say on this waiver.

The first step to the waiver was to prove to the State DOT and the Federal Highway Administration that there were no atv/trailbikes using the trail. This was signed off as “being in compliance” in late summer of 2014.    Thank you to all that stayed off the trail despite our wanting to ride it. 

Throughout the fall and winter, Attorney Taylor and her assistant have been preparing the responses to all nine sections, fifty-four questions worth of information and documentation for this waiver.   In November, we were asked to make sure that there were State approved “NO atv/trail bike” signs at every driveway/intersection along the rail trail from the CSB Community Center entrance all the way to the State gate near Home Depot (1.7 miles).  Several board members spent approximately four hours to make sure every entrance was signed properly.  About two weeks later, we were asked to GPS each and every signs’ placement so that it could be put on a map.  This was completed in early December. 

At this time, we are waiting for the representative at the Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Planning Commission (I think that’s the proper name) to transfer the coordinates to the official GIS mapping system for Claremont.  Hopefully, this will be done soon. 

Once that is complete, Attorney Taylor will be able to work on the rest of the paperwork.  She is hoping that by March we will be ready to have a Public Forum on the waiver request. There will be a 45 day comment period at this time where all comments for and against the waiver will be heard.  This meeting will be held here in Claremont and once we know of the date, we will be emailing every Club in New Hampshire with the date, place and time of the meeting.  We will be asking NHOHVA and every club in the state to send representatives to this meeting to show support for the rail trail waiver.  The purpose of this meeting is to have the Attorney document comments from both sides as to why the waiver should or should not be approved.  There will be people there that do not want the waiver approved, we just need to have more people there that are for the waiver than against it.  We need to express how the use of the Rail trail by four wheelers/trail bikes is a good thing, that it will bring economic growth to the City and will provide recreation for families.

We want to thank all of you for patiently waiting for information and complying with our request to not use the Rail Trail until we get this waiver approved. We are optimistic that we will be returning to the trail soon.  We’ll send out information as we get it.

Sullivan County ATV Club Board Members

 

 

Last Updated ( Monday, 02 February 2015 06:55 )
 
Cumberland Farms (Sam's) PDF Print E-mail
Written by mark carrier   
Monday, 09 February 2015 13:19
As some of you may already know Cumberland Farms on Washington St in Claremont will be closing to demo the whole plaza. What this means for snowmobiles and 4 wheelers is no fuel access at that end of town. Snowmobiles can access the Charlestown Rd T-Bird for fuel. Atv's do not have any fuel on trail system. You will need to be fueled up when you get here. Will keep posted as to when we can refuel.no gasoline. no fuel pump sign
Last Updated ( Monday, 09 February 2015 13:25 )
 
CITY SECTION RAIL TRAIL CLOSED PDF Print E-mail
Written by mark carrier   
Thursday, 15 May 2014 11:08

 

After meeting with city council last night we did not get permission for the city rail trail. The reason being the Feds so we don't belong, Claremont says no proof.

Last year the club lost our grant money for that trail because of this. Not only do we get grant money to help maintain our trails but the landowner is covered by a $2,000,000 liability policy for that part of their property.  

If the city had given us permission and someone got hurt that policy might not cover if the feds jumped into a lawsuit and said trails not legal, because we were never suppose to be there in the first place. 

The city is going to put in a waiver to see if we can get permission, everyone I and the city has talked to seems to think that we have a good chance of getting it just because we have been there from the beginning. We have gotten grant monies from state agency. No proof on the feds part.

I know no one feels worse about this than the club, but we are here for the long haul. If we do get the waiver, the club will be asking for it back and it will be behind us forever..

Thanks  Mark Carrier

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