Stewartstown and Colebrook Plan May 28 Public Hearings on ATV Road Uses

Jake Mardin
Colebrook News and Sentinel

May 16, 2013

Public hearings will be held in Colebrook and Stewartstown on Tuesday evening, May 28 to discuss opening roads to ATV use. The first, concerning South Hill Road starting from the junction of Noyes Road to the Colebrook town line, will be held at the Stewartstown town office at 5:30 p.m.; the second, regarding portions of South Hill Road and Hughes Road, will be held at Colebrook Town Hall at 7 p.m.

At the Colebrook selectmen's meeting this past Monday, Harry Brown and Craig Washburn of the Metallak ATV Club updated the board on the current situation. Mr. Brown said the original trail route coming from Stewartstown Hollow was going to go from Hardscrabble Road onto private land, but a couple of landowner issues couldn't be resolved.

The new plan is to come off of Noyes Road onto South Hill Road into Colebrook before turning off into the upper portion of the Colebrook town forest and down to Hughes Road. Mr. Brown said that without this connection, the only way for riders to reach the Berlin area from Colebrook will be to travel north to Pittsburg.

The board voted to approve the use of ATVs on the upper portion of the town forest near Beaver Brook Falls. Public Works director Kevin McKinnon said the trail would be on an old skid trail used about 15 years ago. He said the only alterations required are some trimming and possibly cutting one or two trees, and that there are no wetlands to be concerned about.


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