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City eyes vote on snomo access
By Ken Anderson
News Correspondent

While an advisory referendum was discussed, a proposed ordinance to allow snowmobile operation on Eagle River streets to travel from a residence, lodging facility or other business  by the shortest route to an established trail was postponed last week by the City Council.

The ordinance was in response to city residents and visitors having to trailer snowmobiles to an established trail, whereas many nearby municipalities have adopted rules allowing access on public streets and roads. State law allows municipalities to enact local snowmobile access ordinances.

The city snowmobile access ordinance, requested by the Sno-Eagles Snowmobile Club, would be in effect from Dec. 1 to March 31 to coincide with land use agreements snowmobile clubs have with landowners.

Councilwoman Carol Hendricks was hesitant

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 5:58 PM
 

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+7 #2 Denny Erardi 2013-06-25 13:17
This is a bad idea. City streets aren't made to accommodate snowmobile traffic. There is already a dearth of enforcement of rules and regs regarding snowmobile operation. Additionally, I'm concerned about the incidences of drinking and operating snowmobiles.
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+11 #1 Jeff Laadt 2013-06-21 09:13
I share the concerns of Carol Hendricks, Kim Schaffer, and Dan Groskopf. It is naïve to assume that newly allowed snowmobile access within the city will be an orderly affair.

As for Vander Bloomen's comments I would suggest that a better choice for the word "acclimated" might be "resigned."

After all these years, why is this even being considered? Is it really such a gross inconvenience to trailer one's machine a few blocks?

Jeff Laadt
205 N. Second St.
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