Ruling shuts down ATV use on Claremont rail trail
“Though we could not find anything in writing that clearly spelled that out,” City Manager Guy Santagate said Monday, the state and federal agencies say it was understood when the city paid $185,000 for the trail over a decade ago.
“We own it as long as we don’t violate any of their requirements,” he said.
Wednesday night City Council members agreed to apply to state and federal officials for a waiver to the ruling.
The club formed 14 years ago and has been using the trail ever since. The trail and activities and fundraisers held by the ATV club attracts ATV riders from all across New England, she said.
Harlow said the same resident unsuccessfully worked to stop snowmobile use of the trials in the past.
As users of the trail, club members try to be good stewards, holding trail cleanup and brush clearing events, she said.
Like walkers and cyclists that use the trail, the ATV club members are taxpayers, but more than that, they pay city and state vehicle registration fees that also go to support the trails, Harlow said.
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