John Mercier

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  1. When do 2019-2020 registration number come out?

    We've seen some... but most are concerned with width factor and then complain to me about the limited miles. More miles cost more money.
  2. When do 2019-2020 registration number come out?

    They may. But with the State budget being upended, the expectation is that the study committee will not find a subsidy and the second bump in registrations will need to be activated. I think we may also see NRTP transfer from the NH DOT to be a question in the process. So I would guess the option of an early registration at a lower cost may be something that the study committee would be recommending. It probably won't change this year's increase, but could be used as an incentive the second bump to get registrations to start early.
  3. Quarrentine Check in

    So you intend to boycott Sununu and support Feltes? Good luck with that one.
  4. Quarrentine Check in

    Bike Week is cancelled for June... and many businesses that have the higher end customers are not happy with the concept of August. Unfortunately for Charlie St. Claire, a lot of people are beginning to notice that of all the municipalities with lake frontage, Laconia is in the worst shape... and is the only community that has lake frontage on three lakes. Business for us, due to that higher end customer is way up... more than 70% over last year... which was a record year for us. But with the possibility of losing LRGH, too many elderly on Medicare where the hospital isn't reimbursed the full cost of services, we may see that slow down as those that have some money... but are not really at the top of the game... begin cutting back.
  5. Snowmobiling driving NH Economy in Northern NH

    It is an interesting opinion piece... but shows off a major problem. Tourism is about $6 billion of an $80 billion State economy... so not really the driving force. The estimate is that Coos County accounts for roughly 3% of that $6 billion in tourism (based on M&R revenue). So it means that northern NH's economy is really quite bad.
  6. Electric recreational vehicles

    They have been for sale to the public in the UTV sector for a while now... just no hard numbers on the sales figures.
  7. John I apologize

    I'm not mad... never was.
  8. What incentives do NH land owners have?

    I am not consumed by hate... and no one has damaged my property. I am explaining that to landowners the survival of snowmobiling is of no real consequence. You keep thinking that it does mean something to them... and it simply doesn't. We've already explained... there are no landowner incentives. The only landowners with incentive are leasing their property to the BoT.
  9. What incentives do NH land owners have?

    Actually, I don't. I do not get paid to have my land opened to access. When you are the landowner... you get to determine whether it is of value to you or not. So buy land.
  10. What incentives do NH land owners have?

    There is no writing on the wall... LANDOWNERS decide. If you get landowner permission, you can ride off trail. But that is up to the individual... not the clubs. The more the landowners hear these statements... the more we question having anything open. You have to respect the people that own the property. It is why I tell people that complain... buy land.
  11. What incentives do NH land owners have?

    You know that it is a waste of time. The AMC and several national groups are going to oppose off-trail riding. They have much greater numbers than the 43k snowmobile registrants in NH. Finding a private landowner... or even starting a club that does not widen and groom their trails is more likely to create the effect. But most of these riders don't really want to go through any of the effort that is being optioned. It takes a lot of work.
  12. What incentives do NH land owners have?

    I think his point is they may want to work a lot harder... save their money and buy land.
  13. What incentives do NH land owners have?

    If anything... except the speed limits to tighten as the number of non-motorized users increases. Off trail is completely a landowner decision... NH has no say in the consideration except on public land that is state-owned. I wouldn't expect that usage to be allowed... since it isn't condoned for any activity including hiking. Registration fees... completely based on NHSA and local club maintenance costs. When they expanded the trail system from 6000 mile to 7800 miles(?); it should be presumed that the more mileage would result in higher total maintenance costs rather than lower. Our housing market isn't likely to see a drop with the number of retirees. People simply didn't save enough to keep their income level at where it was when they were working... to do so requires you to save about 10-15 times your income. Most retirees tend to save two to three times their income... so they sell the house and move to the cheapest that they can find in the region... because employment is no longer the issue. Personally, long term... I don't think they will. Riders will always seek a cost effective solution, or simply leave the format... and nothing in the numbers suggests that younger households are saving nearly enough for income replacement as they age. Not even taking into account that they have less SS coming and Medicare will probably not be as generous. But it won't be just snowmobiling. We may see a smarter younger generation opt for the lower cost new equipment... without all the power and capabilities... or older used equipment... and keep the difference for registration, camp, and accessories. Hard to guess. Money tends to move in and out of recreational formats in long cycles.
  14. # of properties to buy in NH compared to ME

    By the way... you aren't likely to get a speeding ticket only going over the limit 4-7 mph. It could happen according to the statute... but real world results don't seem to suggest such a tight enforcement. It is like impounding... they avoid it whenever possible.
  15. # of properties to buy in NH compared to ME

    He is thinking only about it from a 2nd home (camp) perspective. Since that would only be property taxes - as far as we can tell - they would be easily comparable. Retiring there would be a whole different story.
  16. # of properties to buy in NH compared to ME

    If it did... prices would fall and maybe come more into line with Maine. The cost of maintenance must be paid based on the amount taken in... so less registrations means the maintenance cost gets divided by a fewer number of users. For it to be a tax... that would need to be a transfer to other usage. We may have some of that... hard to tell. The last time it was confirmed was OHRV registrations going to snowmobile trail maintenance... and that was about fifteen years ago.
  17. What incentives do NH land owners have?

    Most of the public do not use the property in a motorized manner. Think of it this way... for the first time ever in NH history... a trail group purchased land from its funding to create Jericho Mountain State Park. That group was the last to be asked what they would like to see on the property... and have a 25 mph restriction. I'm not suggesting they would have requested it to be faster than the 45 mph of State corridor trails, or even the 35 mph of connector trails... but even when they are the primary user, and funded the purchase, they had no control over the speed limit.
  18. # of properties to buy in NH compared to ME

    The two step increase is also due to the hope that the advisory committee will find a way to subsidize snowmobiling. The increase in the number of residents over the age of 50... more likely due to NH's standing in best places to retire. As those rankings change... it may slow the influx. I've been alive long enough to see it surge and wane.
  19. # of properties to buy in NH compared to ME

    Registration is a fee, not a tax. Other than the current $13 to F&G and $1 to SAR for a resident registration... all other monies including gas taxes go into the trail system. You would need to convince the NHSA and the local clubs that taking less money in GIA, which would lower registration fees, would create enough registration growth to more than cover the costs of operations. Of course, it will not lower demand on real estate.
  20. What incentives do NH land owners have?

    We don't have an incentive... that is unless we are leasing the property to the BoT. A fair amount of the property that you are contending is public. The one million plus residents that don't use motorized trail recreation have little to no incentive to increase it. And when we start discussing federal - owned or contracted land... the ratio between the numbers of citizens as compared to users becomes even greater. If you wanted an incentive on your acre and a half... you would need to increase registrations to lease the land... and even then, it would be done under the BoT and be subject to legislation. Once it reaches a legislative point... the balance would then shift to the ratios of invested under the above sentence. When the legislation and regulations are developed... the landowners, large and small, are usually pretty heavily represented in the outcome.
  21. # of properties to buy in NH compared to ME

    NH doesn't specifically lay taxation on the snowmobile community. The cost of housing is highly dependent on demand. Not really something the State can control.
  22. What incentives do NH land owners have?

    You can get Current Use for less than 10 acres. It has to active agriculture with a certain gross income per acre. Current Use II is the one that has recreational access for hunting, fishing, and scouting *hiking*. Some landowners do lease their land to the BoT... but that is income and not tax credits/abatement.
  23. Fish and Game Executive Director being shown the door

    How did you get the 14,000? The article lays out that roughly 23,000 non-resident registrations were sold in Maine. If 18% of them were NH sleds registered in Maine... shouldn't that be about 4,140... we could round to 4,200.
  24. Fish and Game Executive Director being shown the door

    So do our automobiles. But even on I-93 with a divided highway and cutback shoulders for plenty of sightline... the speed is not that much higher. When you drop to Route 106... you have bi-directional traffic with a designated yellow dividing line and cutback shoulders for plenty of sightline... and have a maximum of 50. I think what you fail to understand is that State land, has 1.3 million owners... and only about 70,000 registered owners for the motorized groups... a portion of that from out-of-State. I have sat in the meetings... we have never convinced them to go to a higher speed limit on trails. Even over roads, with vehicles going much faster than we go... getting them to accept 20 mph was a challenge... and several towns have said no. You are not going to get landowners that have speed limits even tighter than the statute to all of a sudden agree. I think the problem is... you don't recognize who the landowners are. You think it is a farmer... not a horde of people that don't even accept the present speed and usage.
  25. Fish and Game Executive Director being shown the door

    Landowners don't care... and they are the final say. Some landowners have posted even lower speed limits than what the statutes provide... if the group doesn't obey them... even one or two individuals... they close the property.