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Oneida County could see fewer snowmobile trails this seasonSubmitted: 11/01/2010
Story By Dana Blado

RHINELANDER - As soon as the snow comes, the snowmobile trails start gearing up for business.

But this year, riders could have less to choose from.

Contracts exist between snowmobile clubs and landowners for the use of that land during snowmobile season.

This year, some snowmobile clubs are working to renew one of those contracts, but there's a hang-up.

County Forester and Recreation Coordinator Eric Rady says before signing a contract, Oneida County's Corporation Council must approve it.

One concern the council has with the current contract involves insurance.

A company out of Atlanta, Georgia owns land west of Highway 51.

Right now, Oneida County's insurance does not cover that land, which would be a problem if an accident occurred.

However, the company's land makes up about one third of the Oneida County Snowmobile Trail System, which could cause other problems if the contract isn't signed.

Rady says, "That would make a huge impact to snowmobile trails and all of that in the Northwoods. And it would make a huge impact to all of, even the surrounding counties."

Rady says another option is for the snowmobile clubs to sign the contract instead of the county.

But Rady says those clubs would have to pay more money for insurance.

There is a meeting to discuss this issue at the Oneida County Courthouse on Wednesday at 10AM.

It is an open session.

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