The following is the position that New Hampshire Off Highway Vehicle Association (NHOHVA) takes reference the Department of Resources and Economic Development (DRED) proposal to amend its administrative rules pertaining to the Bureau of Trails Grant-In-Aid Program (Res 8400) and the Trail Use Rules (Res 8500).
We support the suggested changes to Chapter Res 8400 Rules for the Grant-In-Aid as outlined in the documents posted on line on the DRED website dated September 23, 2014 but we STRONGLY feel that an additional sub-section should be added to 8406.01 that all applications must also be approved by the respective OHRV and Snowmobile GIA advisory committees as provided to the Trails Bureau by NHSA and NHOHVA. These advisory committees are being utilized by the Bureau of Trails in practice but not in the rules or law.
We also support the suggested changes to Chapter Res 8500 Bureau Trail Use Rules as outlined in the documents posted on line on the DRED website dated September 23, 2014 but we STRONGLY feel that there should be a public hearing/public input process reference 8504.02(f) – the lowering of the 35 mph speed limit on bureau trails. We also strongly encourage that a definition of when and what qualifies as MUD Season in 8504.02© be included in the administrative rules.
We believe that these additional rule changes will require reopening the hearing process which we believe is required. Thank you.
Harry C. Brown, President
New Hampshire Off Highway Vehicle Association
NHOHVA Board of Directors
Harry Brown, President
Tom Levesque, Vice President
Stephen Clorite, Secretary
Jim Nuttall, Treasurer
Lisa Whaley, Director