March 19, 2014
This afternoon, Governor Walker added his signature to Assembly Bill 407. The CAP/STEP initiative is now officially 2013 Wisconsin Act 142. This new law will go into effect on July 1, 2015.
The AWSC website will soon include links to the Assembly and Senate roll call votes on AB-407. You will be able to determine how your respective Representative and Senator voted on the CAP/STEP measure. Be certain to send a note to your local legislators thanking those who supported this vital piece of legislation. We also encourage you to contact Governor Walker to express your gratitude.
2013 Wisconsin Act 142 provides for the following:
A two-tiered trail pass requirement at an annual cost of $30/non-member and $10/club & AWSC member
Provides a free annual trail pass sticker to be displayed on sleds 30 years and older.
Increases the non-resident trail pass fee from current $35/year to $50/year.
Moves to a $30/3 year registration fee structure.
Includes a 4-year sunset clause which requires evaluation prior to renewal of CAP/STEP.
An effective date of July 1, 2015.
In the coming days and months we will have much to do as we prepare for the implementation of CAP/STEP and we will face challenges. For now, let’s all celebrate this monumental achievement.
We are working on rerouting a section of trail by Pair O Lakes Lodge to avoid the road route. Thanks to Mark and Kim owners of Pair O Lakes we will be able to avoid the often bare road route. Stop by and tell them “Thanks”!
It will be a huge project moving the old bridge from Whalen Lake to the water crossing, but with lots of help, it will get done. Here are a few photos of the bridge to be moved, courtesy of Joe Fitz.
I went up to the site today BEFORE the temp change and blowing that I see now……..this is going to be the best adventure we’ve attempted in a long while…….Jim says we’ll probably take off the deck cuz it looks like only one deck…..there are four of these big beams sitting on four huge wood 14″ beams……on each end…..the WCC boys built this under the direction of our buddy Bob BUSCH…..RIP!
Looks like a real project for the near future……….got ideas???? Fitz
The big beams sit on these huge wooden headers.
Jay Pee and Jim Dohm buried T-4 here last year….it made the final decision
To put a new bridge upstream……way to go guys 🙂
This is the last winter picture of the old faithful bridge at Whalen Creek!
We have a real project to get it removed……
Fun day at the snowmobile antique/vintage show…..nice turnout!
- A great variety of beautiful sleds…
A huge “thank you” to all the participants and club members for another great show.
Taking a break for lunch at Stoney Brook Shelter.
A Huge Thank You to everyone helping to raise funds for the Shriners Hospital!
Ron Rosencrans…Phil Soltis…Greg Lietza taking a short break after at least five hours of cutting and clearing brush on the new section of trail on Van Etten’s property.
Trees and Brush everywhere………now to make a new TRAIL!!