The Canastota village board entered into a Landowner Easement Agreement with the Tri-Valley Riders Inc. snowmobile club. The agreement is contingent on signage and speed limit signs.
The trail that entered into the agreement runs parallel and left of the Links Trail just north of James Street and continues toward the buffer zone between the Industrial Park and Port Street. The Links Trail, which is part of the North Country Trail, runs south of the railroad tracks.
After the train derailment in January, Mayor Todd Rouse asked CSX if money would be available to have that portion of the Links Trail paved. CSX contributed around $30,000 to the village for that purpose.
"Snowmobilers are asked to stay off the paved surface," said Canastota Police Chief James Zophy. Zophy said the speed limit set in that area is 25 mph, and the Tri-Valley Riders will erect signs along the route.
In the agreement the snowmobile club bares responsibility for providing liability insurance and is responsible for any accidents or injuries that occur on the trail. The club agreed to mark the right-of-way and maintain it year-round.
Snowmobiles in the village
All streets in the village are open to snowmobiles from Nov. 1 to April 30 for the purpose of accessing recreational areas or trails. Snowmobilers must stay to the very right hand portion of the street except to pass any parked vehicles. Groups of snowmobilers accessing trails through the village must ride in single file formation.
It is against village code to ride a snowmobile on any sidewalks, and at any crossings pedestrians have the right-of-way.
When approaching intersections the driver is to come to a complete stop before continuing into roadway.
No one younger than 16-years old is permitted to operate a snowmobile on any village streets or across highways or anyone younger than 18 years old at any time after 6 p.m.
The intersections of Chapel Street, Wilson Avenue, Hickory Street and Rasbach Street with Route 13 are known as crossing areas for snowmobiles.
All violators will be guilty of an unclassified misdemeanor.