Nice post but not true, it says in the article " volunteers". I'm a member of the Sullivan County Trail Association and they pay their groomer operators $15.00 per hour, even though there are volunteers who are willing to do it and have done it in the past. They cater to a few that are money-hungry and feel there time is worth more than everyone else's. Also they won't train any willing volunteers because it might take a few dollars out of their pockets instead of benefitting the whole club. Furthermore, the volunteers that cut & clear the trails can opt to get paid if they desire $ 7.15 per hour. You figure it out, use your own atv, chain saw, gas & can get $ 7.15 or ride around on the clubs snowmobiles pulling a 4x8 drag using the clubs gas and recieve $ 15.00 per hour. No wonder they won't let anybody else do it."A Cold Thankless, Job"
Story on grooming in today's Syracuse Newspapers:
They money is NOT going to the club, but rather their wallets. I know, i feel the same way, It's crazy & I want it stopped, but get railroaded every time I speak out against such. I was a volunteer operator last year and failed to make the list of operators this season, only those you opt to get paid are on it. I know this doesn't sound right but believe me this is the way it is.Are you sure that the money is not going tio the club for reimbursment from state parks. This would be the first club I have ever heard of givning operators or any one monies for work done. (except the town of Webb) how can a club aford such. how many hours do they groom? i know in our area many of the operaters spend seven plus hours in those machines. that would be a little over a hundred dollars a day not counting fuel. Corect me if I'm wrong but It seems impossible to pay a groomer driver[/b]