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maintenance and to fairly recompense cooperators, it is recommended that the reimbursement rate be $154.00 per designated ORV trail mile. This is derived by multiplying $133.09 (average dollar amount needed per mile by cooperators in 1997 including labor costs) by 1.16 (increase in the Labor Department’s Midwest Consumer Price Index from 6/97 – 6/04).
A similar rationale applies to ORV routes. Costs calculated at the 1997 ORV maintenance cooperators workshop including labor costs were $76.74 per mile for ORV routes. Multiplying this by 1.16 (rate of inflation over the period) provides a per mile rate of $89 for routes.
Further rationale is that costs have increased substantially for other out of pocket expenses such as fuel.
Fiscal implication is considerable. The maximum cost for the 2,705 mile trail system that was inventoried in fall 2004 would be 2,247 (miles of trail) x $154= $346,038 + 458 (miles of route) x $89=$40,762 for a total system cost $386,800. This amounts to 14% of the most recent complete year of ORV license sales (2003-04), with license revenue of $2,796,384.50 (DNR Grants, Contracts and Customer Systems as of 1/18/05).
Explore multi-year and competitive bid options for trail maintenance, including opportunity to have for-profit entities compete to be trail maintenance grant sponsors.
Rationale is that a longer term commitment and the ability of potential grant sponsors to compete for the opportunity will provide more cost effective maintenance while expanding the pool of potential cooperators.
Fiscal implications are likely to be positive as competition should decrease costs and longer planning horizons should facilitate cooperators investment in needed maintenance equipment that can be depreciated over a multi-year period.
A plan for regulatory signs should be completed by the DNR for every designated trail/route. This plan should clearly demarcate sign location and type, following the USDA Forest Service’s nationally recognized signage standards for motorized trail (ORV and snowmobile) recreation.
Rationale is these plans are required for all DNR trails and their provision should relieve trail maintenance cooperators of discretionary authority regarding the proper regulatory signage, including placement. This puts them in the appropriate role of those maintaining, through carrying out specific, detailed plans, the portions of ORV trail/route they have agreed to maintain without providing cooperators discretionary authority.
Fiscal implications are considerable, as development of the sign plans will involve considerable work by the field to document sign locations with global positioning system (GPS) units and make data dictionary entries. In addition, it will require the clear adoption of nationally recognized signage standards. However, once this is initially completed, this may have a positive effect on cooperator liability insurance rates as it is clear that state professionals have clearly designated all sign locations following nationally recognized standards. Further, this may encourage more