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Old 12-15-2015, 07:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Gavan's 730 Fri Dec 18th with proof of membership. All members to vote on FCMQ tudorship of operations and finances. Voted by the directors to allow them to get us on stable ground which will be voted on by the membership. I'm in favour of this as they have done it before and with their resources & experience have been successful in the past. Please come out and vote.
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The vote went in favour of FCMQ tutourship and also in favour of giving the FCMQ control of the interprovincial trail project across the railway bridge at Portage du Fort to Ontario. We had a very disappointing turn out of members for the vote. We had just enough to carry the vote the way we felt it should go.
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Is this the abandoned rail line that crosses near Arnprior?
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Yes same rail line but not able to use lower crossing below the Madawaska. The lower bridge is not solid enough for refurbishing and is to be disassembled and sold for scrap by the railway. Our plan is to open from Norway Bay to Ontario in the westerly direction crossing the bridge into Ontario in the Beachburg area. This is moving along very well and looks very good for next season. As we I type this there is also a plan in the works to interconnect this lower railway trail as a Trans Quebec (TQ13) right of way to the Pugan Dam in Low via the hydro line which runs from Quyon area over the mountain near Masham. This project is a huge undertaking but is being acted upon by Hydro Quebec, Economic Development, Tourism Quebec, FCMQ and the PSDA. If this can happen it will give us a permant connection with the rest of Quebec, improve tourism and be accessible by Quebec Hydro year round for line maintenance as well as be used for ATV's in the offseason. The concerned parties in this venture are extremely adamant this will happen. Just first phase ( bridge and railway line) was funded with a total of $200000 in grants from various sources. The PSDA is sitting in a much better financial position at seasons end and will be taking back total control of our club very shortly so things are looking up for a positive future in our area. I just spent most of the day yesterday in the Cawood Thorne area with a township rep planning a reroute of the trail from Ladysmith to Danford to get away from road running. We will have to wait quite a while to get in and have a better look with the ATV's once the snow melts. Some areas up there still have 3-4 feet of snow in the bush.
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You guys rock! Having just come off of a joint DEC/MTQ/FCMQ project of a much smaller scale, I can't even imagine the volunteer man-hours your team is putting in to see that monumental undertaking through to completion. If the "uninitiated" only knew ....!
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Yes same rail line but not able to use lower crossing below the Madawaska. The lower bridge is not solid enough for refurbishing and is to be disassembled and sold for scrap by the railway. Our plan is to open from Norway Bay to Ontario in the westerly direction crossing the bridge into Ontario in the Beachburg area. This is moving along very well and looks very good for next season. As we I type this there is also a plan in the works to interconnect this lower railway trail as a Trans Quebec (TQ13) right of way to the Pugan Dam in Low via the hydro line which runs from Quyon area over the mountain near Masham. This project is a huge undertaking but is being acted upon by Hydro Quebec, Economic Development, Tourism Quebec, FCMQ and the PSDA. If this can happen it will give us a permant connection with the rest of Quebec, improve tourism and be accessible by Quebec Hydro year round for line maintenance as well as be used for ATV's in the offseason. The concerned parties in this venture are extremely adamant this will happen. Just first phase ( bridge and railway line) was funded with a total of $200000 in grants from various sources. The PSDA is sitting in a much better financial position at seasons end and will be taking back total control of our club very shortly so things are looking up for a positive future in our area. I just spent most of the day yesterday in the Cawood Thorne area with a township rep planning a reroute of the trail from Ladysmith to Danford to get away from road running. We will have to wait quite a while to get in and have a better look with the ATV's once the snow melts. Some areas up there still have 3-4 feet of snow in the bush.
Yeah I heard the Arnprior crossing the boards were rotten and some have fallen off from buddies that live nearby. Thought the boards could be redone but I guess the rest of bridge is pretty old and done.
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The biggest issue with the Arnprior crossing was all the refurbishing to the infrastructure to have it passed by the engineers for groomer crossing. All bridges in Quebec need to be inspected and ok'd for our groomers to cross and this was just out of the question cost wise. The other end is coming good and we still hope to have it going this season. We have a new route out of Otter Lake to Cayamant and Danford this year and are still in the process of acquiring land owners right of ways from Masham to Low. Our president is meeting with them up there in the near future to discuss the progress and possibility of it opening this year. We had a and owners dinner last month and we are solidly back on track financially and volunteer wise. Let's hope we get good snow early.
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These bridges cross the line between Ontario and Quebec...does that mean your club are in full control of the bridge or is one of our clubs (mine being West Carleton) responsible for part of it? And if PSDA is in control of it, how far into Ontario are you maintaining a trail?
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The northern bridge is the only one that's involved. It lies between PSDA and Whitewater Clubs. Whitewater has already done all needed work and used it last season as a trail. We are doing our half now with the hope of being open tis season. The responsibility is divided in the middle of the bridge. With the intention of both clubs crossing while grooming and then turning to return to their own teritory. So it's a joint effort to interlink Ontario and Quebec and because of this we have the financial support and political strength from both FCMQ & OFSC.
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One thing to note about the Arnprior crossing...did your club/FCMQ not ask for help from the OFSC to improve the bridge or was there not enough money on both sides to fund the repairs that would be required?
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