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Yorkton snowmobile trail change deferred

Council seeks feedback from the Protective Services Committee and CN.. 
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A trail change would provide access to a clubhouse on Myrtle Ave, (File Photo)

YORKTON -  A request from Yorkton Sno Riders to extend the snowmobile trail system in the city to provide access to their new clubhouse on Myrtle Ave., was deferred by Yorkton Council Monday until feedback from the Protective Services Committee and CN can be provided. 

As background, René Richard, Director of Engineering and Asset Management with the city explained the club’s reasoning in requesting the trail addition. 

“The trail groomers are stored at the new clubhouse and are currently driving along Myrtle Avenue and York Road to connect to the existing trail system. Additionally, some members utilize their snowmobiles to attend club meetings with no trail access to the new clubhouse. The Club has requested an amendment to the bylaw to allow for a safe trail for snowmobilers to access an area near the new clubhouse across the street to attend meetings, and for the groomers to have a trail access not located along the street. The Sno Riders and the City have had a long-standing gentleman’s agreement that the Sno Riders, as main users of the trails, will take responsibility to mark and maintain their trail including applicable signage,” he reported. 

The proposed Bylaw to amend the Snowmobile Bylaw was introduced and given first reading at the December 19/2022 Regular Council Meeting. 

At that time, Council authorized Administration to proceed with Public Notice. Public Notice was given and the public could express their opinions or concerns by either providing a written submission or attending the Public Hearing that was at Monday’s meeting. 

Council also requested feedback from the Protective Services Committee, noted Richard.  

The Committee attempted to meet via Zoom on Wednesday, December 28, 2022, however, quorum was not able to be met.