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Snowmobilers can 
drive through 
sections of Hailey

Conditional use permit granted by P&Z


By PETER BOLTZ
Express Staff Writer

Snowmobiles will once again be able to operate on Idaho Department of Transportation rights of way through Hailey this winter.

With some reservations and conditions, the Hailey Planning and Zoning Commission granted the Blaine County Recreation District the conditional use permit so that snowmobilers can access snowmobile areas in and around Hailey. This is the 11th year of the program.

Before the P&Z granted the permit, city planner Kathy Grotto told the commission that last winter the Hailey Police Department had received numerous complaints about excess speed and noise.

She said the police had a difficult time following up the complaints because the offenders were not explicitly identified.

She asked Carl Browning, the president of the Sawtooth Snowmobile Club, if he had any suggestions.

Browning said he would bring the matter up with the membership and work on self-enforcement.

"Iíll keep a better eye on things and tell the members to do the same," Browning said.

He said the club has about 75 members throughout the Wood River Valley.

Browning told the P&Z that people can call him if they have complaints, and then he gave his home and work phone numbers ó 788-9673 and 788-2232.

 


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