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Old 02-04-2015, 01:39 PM   #11 (permalink)
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This group is trying like hell to get something going for the club along with grooming but need our (Mainers) support with the Sled Maine plate.

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Lake Parlin, I am not in the business; just a consumer, but I have been recommending for years in the annual late March threads about using GPS devices on the drags. The money would be pooled, theoretically earning interest and would be paid via wire transfer. The money would go where the grooming was happening. The money should be set aside and not be capable of being raided by the Civil Servant Labor Organizer/Democrat party. I think Mainers would get behind a rise in registration fees if they knew for sure it was being put to good use and the criminals couldn't get at it.
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Old 02-04-2015, 01:55 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Just raise the registration fee and be done with it. Not everyone cares to join a club.
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Some have said that NH trails are better maintained

Aside from Pittsburg, which has paid, full time employee groomer operators (and maybe Swift Diamond?? Not sure...), the grooming can be spotty. If you came along with me on a 100 mile tour of central NH, on the best of possible days you will hit 50% of very well groomed trails. There is only one reason why- dedicated volunteers. No money in the world is going to do any good without dedicated volunteers. The clubs with good grooming and well maintained systems have volunteers that help raise money in the summer, clear trails in the fall, and groom regularly in winter. It's a simple equation.

Everyone here is coming up with ways to raise money, and yes grooming and trail maintenance takes money, but it's volunteers that clear and groom the trails.
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Does Maine registration siphon money off the state's gas tax?

For example here in Wisconsin we buy a two-year registration for $30. But that registration also takes 50 gallons per year worth of state fuel tax out of the general transportation fund and diverts it to the trails (.329 X 50 = $ 16.45.) Effectively every $30 sticker brings an extra $33 with it from the DOT's fund.
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All sleds should have at least An 1 1/2 inch lug track, no shorter than 136 " long. This would eliminate alot of the bumps. We need new blood in the M.S.A. offices.
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I thought the bigger lug tracks where causing alot of the issue?
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All sleds should have at least An 1 1/2 inch lug track, no shorter than 136 " long. This would eliminate alot of the bumps. We need new blood in the M.S.A. offices.
Longer tracks won't fix bumps. Go out west and see what the trails are like near the hotels. All mountain sleds on them all day long and they get moguled just like any other trail you've seen.
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First thing i would like to see is that silly waste of money MSA newspaper cancled.
I can only imagine the money that is wasted on printing and mailing that thing.
Move all MSA info to a website with paid advertising.

The guys running the MSA get paid to run it.
In return for that payment they should be in constant contact with the clubs and posting updated trail reports for the entire state on a day to day basis.

When not contacting the clubs for info and updating the website they can make phonecalls to businesses and sell adyertising on the MSA site.
Advertisers would be given the opportunity to select where thier money goes (by area or county) or if they dont want to choose they can pass on that option and let the MSA decide.

They could partner with the state and print up all the website info on the backside of each and every registration so everyone that registers in maine is aware of the new MSA site and what it has to offer.

On the same site they could also set up a system for donations so anyone at anytime could donate.

They could hit up the sled manufacturers or even local dealers each for sleds. Quads, motorcycles, accessories clothing etc etc that could be raffeled off monthly to keep people interested and returning to the site.
Raffel a new pair of motor fist stomper boots. Or a helmet For 2 bucks a chance Winner selects his size.
Who wouldn't enter that?
Raffel off a sled at 10 bucks a chance.
with a few hundred thousand registered sledders following weekly raffels of great gear,sleds accessories. Plus advertisers advertising, and the eliminated cost of the newspaper and mailings, I can see money just piling in.
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I wouldnt blink at mandatory club membership fees and raising the club fee to $50. (On top of the reg fee)

I know many of us belong to multiple clubs annually anyway....and it would force the freeloaders to put more money directly into the pot.

Think of what it costs to spend 2 days in Disneyland....and consider our trail use is unlimited. Its pennies in comparison. Best money I spend all year.

There may be a few "I only sled twice a year for ice fishing" folks that thinks its too much. Its not. The volunteer time and equipment cost of groomers and fuel is astronomical.

The money required to groom being there for the volunteers to use should be automatic and without question. Fundraisers are nice...but the only fair way is increasing the cost to riders....like it or not.

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