Snowmobile Forum Updates Area Leaders

News from Economic Development, Posted on Wed, 09/28/2005 - 2:23pm

Equipment and signage display at the Cattaraugus County Snowmobile Forum in Franklinville, NY on September 24, 2005

The
Cattaraugus County Federation of Snowmobile Clubs, Inc., in
co-operation with New York State Senator Catharine M. Young, New York
State Assemblyman Joseph M. Giglio, and the Cattaraugus County
Department of Economic Development, Planning & Tourism co-sponsored
a Snowmobile Forum at the Ischua Valley Country Club on Saturday,
September 24th. About 75 state and local elected officials, snowmobile
club representatives, business owners and other interested agencies
were updated, through a series of talks and panel discussions, about
the issues facing snowmobiling in Cattaraugus County and New York State.

Jim
Lemke, President of the Cattaraugus County Federation of Snowmobile
Clubs, was the moderator for the day's events. He acknowledged the late
Senator Pat McGee for her untiring support of snowmobiling in
Cattaraugus County. "Senator McGee originated the concept of organized
snowmobiling in Cattaraugus County," said Lemke, "and her foresight is
directly responsible for the trail system we have today."

Senator
McGee originated the concept of organized snowmobiling in Cattaraugus
County and her foresight is directly responsible for the trail system
we have today.

Senator Young, in her
remarks, thanked the clubs for their involvement in the local community
and their continuing efforts to grow their sport. "It is vitally
important for tourism efforts to take advantage of all of our beautiful
four seasons", she said, "and snowmobiling is one of the prime winter
season activities in this region."

Thomas Livak, Director
of the Cattaraugus County Department of Economic Development, Planning
& Tourism stressed the economic importance of snowmobiling and its
ability to bring "outside" money into the County. Mr. Livak then issued
a challenge to the local officials. "Which of our towns or villages",
he asked, "is now willing to step forward and become the Snowmobile
Capital of the Enchanted Mountains?"

It
is vitally important for tourism efforts to take advantage of all of
our beautiful four seasons and snowmobiling is one of the prime winter
season activities in this region.

George
Couell of the Snowmobile Club of Boston enthused over the development
of Cattaraugus County's snowmobile trail system and stated "You are
outdoing Erie County by 99 percent". He congratulated the snowmobile
clubs of the County for their efforts and emphasized the importance of
the commitment of the County government.

Some other
topics discussed by the panels during the morning-long Forum included
insurance and liability issues, law enforcement, landowner relations,
and public education and safety. Several of the participants emphasized
the fact that the snowmobile registration fees paid by snowmobilers
completely support the Statewide trail system. Of particular interest
to the group was the newly approved 70 mile trail corridor which will
run from east to west across Steuben County and will connect the trails
in the western region of the state with the many existing trails in the
state's eastern and northern regions. This will create much more
activity on Cattaraugus County's trails due to long distance
"snowmobile touring", a growing activity among snowmobile enthusiasts.

Among
those attending and participating in the Forum were Hal Fleischman,
President, and Jim Jennings, Executive Director, of the New York State
Snowmobile Association, and Robert Reinhardt, Director of Planning, and
Jeffrey Meyers, Attorney, both with the New York State Office of Parks,
Recreation, and Historic Preservation. From Cattaraugus County were
Dennis John, Sheriff and David Rivet, Commissioner of Public Works. The
Seneca Nation of Indians, led by Chief of Staff and Tribal Councillor
Michael L. John, attended along with representatives of the New York
State Department of Transportation and Pennsylvania's Allegheny
National Forest.

Which of our towns or villages is now willing to step forward and become the Snowmobile Capital of the Enchanted Mountains?

For
further information on snowmobiling in Cattaraugus County contact Sheri
Webster, Cattaraugus County District Director of the New York State
Snowmobile Association at 716-257-3737

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