Club News

September 2108 Nominations

The nominations for club Officers and Board of Directors for 2019 is as follows:

President: Mike Gille, Vice President: Michele Gammel Secretary: Wendy Cranmer. Treasurer: Dan Fuller    Board of Directors: Debbie Gille, Palmer Morgan, Terry Rounds, Rod Runnalls, Neil Smithling.

Special thank you goes out to Tom Gammell for his service as our Treasurer for the past 2 years.

There will not be a need for a membership vote at our October meeting as there is no one running against another. Our max number of Board of Directors is five (5). The secretary will submit one vote at our October meeting for all nominated.

The Officer & Board of Directors will take their new positions after the end of the October meeting.

Thank you

SEPTEMBER 2018 POKER RUN

Highmarket Wheelers Poker Run

The September club Poker run at Highmarket Inn had 78 entries:  Winners $300 Vincent Lombardo, $200 Olivia Moyer, $100 John Nelson. Everyone had a great time. Thank you to all that participated and to all members that helped in the event.

August 2018 Poker Run

Highmarket Wheelers Free Weekend Poker Run

The August club Poker run at Timberview had 113 entries :  Winners Logan Lindow $300 ,Richard Brown $200, Lisa Dashne $100.

Everyone had a great time. Thank you to all that participated and to all members that helped in the event.


Constableville businesses need your help
If you are a land owner or know of a land owner in the Constableville/West Turin area please click on this link. we need to get an off road trail to these local businesses. Please feel free to print and share this poster.
http://www.highmarketatvclub.com/post/_docs/c-ville_poster_looking_for_land_owners_5-22-14.pdf

MARCH 26TH SURVEY RESULTS ...more>>

Adirondack Council vs ATV/UTV Riders

On Wednesday March 21, 2018 on North County Now the Adirondack Council was at it again; explaining how the consumer-safety organizations and health professionals oppose purposed bills in the state legislature to increase the size of UTVs. The Council also refers UTV as weighing as much as a car. Along with statements of noise pollution, opposition to allowing UTV and ATV on public lands. And of course ending with the tragic 101 number of OHV related death in New York State from 2013-2017.

Here are my thoughts:

As ATV & UTV enthusiasts, Farmers, Disabled Veterans, Disabled individuals and hunter/fishermen and more we need to make a stand and let New York State know we have rights to. The rest of the 49 states allow larger UTVs to be registered, Why is New York State so much different, the answer is it is NOT! Many people complain today that the younger generation never goes outside! Here is a great chance for a family to purchase UTV and take their family out to enjoy the outdoors.

Consumer-safety organizations and health professionals oppose many things; if they had their way we would all just sit in a room and do nothing. Bicycling it thought to be a healthy sport however between the years of 2010 -2015 in New York State alone 226 deaths occurred on bicycles. We can all look for the negative in everything we do, lets look at the positive!

The purposed law for UTVS allows UTVs to weigh up to 1500 lbs & 70 inches in width. The average weigh of a car in 2017 is 3221 lbs.  Not a very good comparison.

Public lands are just as the name indicates public Atv users are part of that public. Atv clubs and riders are only looking for a trail systems to ride on. WE do not need to ride everywhere on public lands. A trail system were possible (not in wet lands and other sensitive areas) should be available; just as there is horse, hiking, skiing and snowmobiling trails. ATVs/UTVs  give the disabled a chance to see areas that they would never be able to see, enjoy and hunt/fish on. ATVing in rural communities is a boost in the arm just like other outdoor sports!  

New York State Politicians have allowed groups with large money behind them to bully the rest of the state. State lands are owned by all New York State residents (people). The people should have the right to enjoy their sport on state lands where possible! There are many other states that allow ATV trails on state lands.

New York State Politicians through Motor Vehicle law impede Rural Counties and Towns from using their roads for ATV travel. These Rural Counties and Towns should be allowed to open their roads for whatever use they deem necessary for their  communities to prosper. It seems very unfair that you can drive your lawn mower down the road and pick up cans/bottles and trash however it is illegal to use an ATV/UTV to do the same even though the ATV/UTV must have insurance , be registered, has operating lights and the operator must have a helmet on.

Just my thoughts;

Michael Gille, President Highmarket Wheelers ATV Club Inc.


TRAIL EXPANSION
The club is looking to expand our Trails. We are trying to get a Trail to the Milk Plant, Boonville and Osceola If you know of any Landowners that would like to have a Trail on their land please contact us ( president@highmarketatvclub.com ). WE NEED YOU HELP!

JUNE 2, 2018 FAMILY / PICNIC RIDE
June 2, 2018 HMW Family Ride/Picnic Held at Sportsmans

Hazards we could face when doing Trail Clean-up
THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT PLEASE CLICK HERE

IT IS TIME FOR THE STATE OF NY TO ACT

ATV RIDERS AGREE IT IS TIME FOR THE STATE OF NEW YORK TO ACT !

ATV riders love the natural beauty of the Tug Hill & Adirondack Regions. Yes; living in Lewis County does afford us the enjoyment of hunting, fishing, skiing, kayaking, biking, snowmobiling, birdwatching and ATV riding. We believe that the resources of Lewis County and the State of New York must be shared by all recreational groups. There is plenty of room for all!

There isnt a single person in Lewis County that doesnt know that Lewis County is one of the poorest counties in the state. The employment opportunities in the county are far less that we have people to fill the jobs. Thus our children have to move out of the area to obtain employment. It is time for the State of New York to understand our area is not downtown Manhattan! This is a rural area, we live and play here because we love the outdoors and we need to capitalize on all our resources. With the economic times that we have currently we must use all of our resources to keep revenues up. ATV riding is a cog in a wheel just like farming, logging, small businesses, large businesses and snowmobiling. All these groups bring jobs and income to our county.

Lewis County is one of the few counties that are trying to use the resources around us to develop a Legal ATV Trail System with the help of local ATV Clubs, Towns, landowners and businesses. These groups spend the time necessary to develop safe legal trails and connectors. The Lewis County ATV trail system and Highmarket Wheelers ATV Club trail system are connected and are based on New York States Vehicle and Traffic Law requirements. The county received an (Informal Opinion # 2005-21) that concluded that the statute Vehicle and Traffic law 2405 does not preclude the designation of public highways for ATV use to provide necessary access by the general public to appropriate ATV trails and area on private land.

By promoting the Trail System within Lewis County much needed revenue for Lewis County, Towns, and businesses is received. Every dollar generated helps keep County and Town taxes burdens down for taxpayers and keeps businesses open to provide for community needs.

New York State needs to understand that Global warming has changed our winters. They have not been as they were just 20 years ago. Many local businesses rely on the snow and when we do not have a great winter they look to the ATV season to help make up the lost revenue.

There have been many camps/homes erected in the past ten years because of the recreational opportunities this county has. These part time residents (ATV & Snowmobile riders) that have camps/homes enhance the community and tax rolls. These camp/home owners receive very little services in return.

In closing New York State needs to change the ways it looks at the Sport of ATV riding. In many areas in the state ATV riding creates Jobs, increases sales tax revenues because of sales of goods and services in the community. It also provides legal family recreation. Homes/camps are purchased by part time residents (ATV riders) that help maintain the housing tax base for communities.

It is not ok for the State of New York to receive sale tax from purchase of ATVs, mandate that most ATVs be registered, treat ATVs as motor vehicles and not provide anything in return. The state should recognize ATVs like they do snowmobiles and have a trail fund. Towns and counties within the state should be able to control who and what uses Town and County roads; especially the rural dirt roads where very little traffic is on them. And finally the state must understand that ATV Riders have as many rights as any other recreational sport enthusiasts do when it comes to using state lands that are owned by all state residents.

Sincerely

Highmarket Wheelers ATV Club Inc.

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