John Mercier

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John Mercier last won the day on October 13 2020

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  1. Snow totals

    Belmont got a solid 4. Possibly 5. Very hard to tell with the wind. Powdery, but rain toward the end makes it very easy to pack for a great base.
  2. Closed Restaurant and Snowmobile parking

    Pretty dumb statement, since landowners are reading your sentiments.
  3. Closed Restaurant and Snowmobile parking

    I felt he was trying to give financial advice. Not good advice, but advice none the less.
  4. Closed Restaurant and Snowmobile parking

    A debit card cost them nothing, and the credit card when paid off monthly can be sound budgetary finance. But you don't borrow money on a credit card, and you don't just hand out your debit card.
  5. Closed Restaurant and Snowmobile parking

    And what kind of ignorant would supply their debit card to that?
  6. Closed Restaurant and Snowmobile parking

    Shouldn't. Fewer people are carrying cash, and it would look a bit shady if a pan handler had a mobile phone set up with a scanner and app for the debit card transfer.
  7. Closed Restaurant and Snowmobile parking

    It may not be that they can meet the hiring requirements. I heard that Walmart here is seeking overnight stocking associates starting at $17.50/hr with no experience. Managing labor is going to be the hardest thing that management will have to do over the next several years should they want to keep the doors open.
  8. GAS/OIL Mix 96 Doo

    My point being, since they are new to the sledding, they may not be aware of oil-injection and know that a reservoir can be filled.
  9. GAS/OIL Mix 96 Doo

    What 1996 was not oil-injected? Did someone modify it?
  10. Big groomers, small trails

    NRTP may be in the bill. But mostly it is that fact that people either have no clue how that works, or are willfully trying to put one over on the community-at-large. Any trail that has the non-motorized users has the ability to dip into the extra 40% of mixed use (motorized/non-motorized), so in essence those non-motorized users are having some of the money allocated to them expended. Also the fallacy of what is happening over time in the return to State tourism. It has gone from $1.1 Billion in 2003 to less than $600 Million now... and the $1.1 Billion is not inflation-adjusted.
  11. Interesting story about a local guy

    A lot of the system was built when riding on a property only meant it wasn't posted against the access. When they changed the law to positive posting, several of our local landowners had never given permission, never knew that they could stop it - some thought that being in current use required them to provide access or thought that the power line easement allowed access - so on, and so on. Even to this day, with land changing hands so often... it is impossible to tell how much of the system is actually legal. A section of trail here passes between two parcels that have been sold each more than four times in the last decade... and each landowner thinks the trail is on the other party's land.
  12. We need stiffer fines and penalties for aggressive acts. Nowhere in the State except on frozen lakes, can an OHRV travel faster than 35 mph. The posted speed was 25 mph, but even if they did not notice the posted speed... they would have been far beyond the maximum. The fine currently is not enough to stop those that realize the odds of being caught are so small. We keep setting the fines based on the registration costs... and non-registration, though it removes funding for our system, doesn't jeopardize the trail access or the safety of others.
  13. HB334 filed 4/10/2021

    The current requirement in the statutes for snowmobile/OHRV requires an operator to have a CC permit for a loaded firearm in their possession. It stirs up landowners worried about confrontation between various groups/individuals. The CC permits exist, but are not required outside of the specific statutes. The change removes the requirement for the CC permit for operators/passengers.
  14. HB334 filed 4/10/2021

    Corporate owners are seeing a lot more problems with social issues than private. Private landowners are responsive to direct confrontations, while corporate suffer from heavy indirect exposure.
  15. HB334 filed 4/10/2021

    When it came up before the decision on the rifles was controversial. Anti-OHRV voices were arguing that OHRV scared away wildlife. They kept trying to argue it after studies had proven otherwise; and it was determined that they had other motives based on the groups they belonged to. But the studies did show that wildlife was less afraid of OHRV because predation was not something that had become associated with the sound/smell of OHRV. Hunting from the OHRV over time would change that... so the Association support the ban on the loaded rifles, while still supporting the unloaded rifles that hunters would carry into remote spots on an ATV/SxS. The fact that a recreational rider could open carry an unloaded handgun, or with a permit to carry a loaded open/concealed handgun caused the stir among a few landowners that pay attention to the changes. All those landowners were not in the southern part of the State. The change just signifies that a permit no longer exists, so the requirement can no longer exist for a permit to carry open/concealed. It will most likely stir the same landowners, if they still currently allow for trail access on their property... something I could not state for certain. But not because the situation has changed, but only that it is being brought into the light once again. For the most part, landowners are more concerned with the outright behavior of the community toward respect for their land... respect in general.