ELLSWORTH — The City Council Monday night agreed to allow the Ellsworth Snowmobile Club to maintain and use the new bicycle/pedestrian trail during the winter months.
The 1.3-mile trail stretching from North Street to Birch Avenue parallels the railroad tracks.
Councilors agreed to allow the club use of the trail with the understanding that a 20-mile-per-hour speed limit would be imposed.
“I don’t have a problem with it as long as we’re confident it won’t have a negative impact on other users,” said Councilor John Moore.
“I will be curious to see if there are complaints from people that live in that area,” said Councilor Pamela Perkins.
Previously snowmobilers riding in the area had to use the rail bed, which requires a lot of snow.
The club grooming the paved trail should make it more accessible for other users, including cross-country skiers, city officials said.
According to the memorandum of understanding with the snowmobile club, the city will coordinate with the club for the removal of the bollards at each intersection.
The club will erect signs on the trail with instructions, warnings and encouragement to “ride responsibly.”