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9/18/2012 8:33:00 AM
St. Germain, home to corridor #15

To the Editor:

Have you ever seen an ad that says that St. Germain is home to Corridor #15? 

I haven’t either. 

Vilas County is claiming, that should the St. Germain town board decide to close Sixteen Road to snowmobiling, in order to stop the proposed crossing on the S-curves on STH 155, that they will reroute Corridor #15 around St. Germain causing an “economic disaster” to the town. 

Think about it. 

Last year, Corridor #15 was temporarily rerouted onto Big St. Germain Drive. Whether or not the trail is put in on the S-curves, the trail on Big St. Germain Drive is still going to be there. Nothing would be any different than it was last winter. There isn’t one business in St. Germain that would be adversely affected. I really doubt that people come to St. Germain because “Corridor #15 runs through it. What might cause an economic disaster is $4.20 per gallon gas prices or $8.49 per bushel corn prices or our lakes filling with exotic species or winters with no snow at all, but not that Corridor #15 bypasses St. Germain.

If Corridor #15 is so important to the town, the Bo-Boen Snowmobile club has three alternatives other than the S-curves. But, none of them are good enough for them. They could leave Corridor #15 on Big St. Germain Drive or they could use Lost Lake Drive South and the safer crossing suggested by MSA Professionals, but they don’t want to use a town road. Since Corridor #15 is already using at least five plowed, maintained town roads, there is apparently no reason that they couldn’t use a town road other than the fact that they don’t want to. I suggested that they keep Corridor #15 through the town’s business district as it is now, but then swing northeast towards Pincherry Lake, and except for one private parcel, run entirely through State Land to trail #10. This trail wouldn’t be on any town roads or run in front of any residential lots, but they didn’t even check into that choice.

So, when the Bo-Boen Snowmobile Club officers and directors summon you to the next town board meeting, if Corridor #15 ends up being rerouted around St. Germain, it won’t be because of the town board and its concerns over the safety issues involved with the crossing by Sixteen Road. It will be because the club is too stubborn to see those issues and has turned down three “viable compromises.” 

As one of the town supervisors said at a recent meeting, “I guess that when I look at a map, I don’t look for a corridor. I just ride. We would have the trail, just not the main corridor.”

Tom Martens
St. Germain

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