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Clock is Ticking on Plan to Merge Trail Pass with Registration
The proposal to merge the $15 registration fee with the $15 user permit fee required for residents to
ride their snowmobiles in Iowa has stalled before the Senate Ways and Means Committee.
Passed by the Iowa House in 2017 and backed by the ISSA Board of Directors, the measure calls for
the consolidation of both stickers into one $30 decal.
Since the Iowa Legislature convened in January, House File 628 has not moved out of committee but
has been assigned to a subcommittee. If the bill does not see the light of day, the measure will not be
eligible for consideration this year.
Sen. Randy Feenstra, R-Hull, chair of the Ways and Means Committee, serves on the subcommittee
along with Sen. Behn (R-Boone) and Sen. Dotzler (D-Waterloo). Snowmobilers in those areas are urged
to contact these legislators to move the bill forward.
"We need contacts from their constituents supporting the bill," ISSA Lobbyist Mike Heller said in his
weekly update to the board March 16. "The Ways and Means Committee met this week and voted out bills
allowing fee increases. We need to get the subcommittee to meet and consider our legislation. Time is
running short. Legislators would like to adjourn in early to mid April."
2018-19 Snowmobile Trail Grant Form Due May 1
The Iowa State Snowmobile Program has released the snowmobile trail grant application form for
the 2018-19 season. Click here for a fillable pdf of the form. The completed form is due to the program
office by 4:30 p.m. on May 1.
The Review and Selection Committee (RSC) is expected to meet June 21 at 2 p.m. at the Comfort Inn
in Story City to review the applications, and in July, signed agreements should be in place.
"The snowmobile trail application constitutes a formal request for a cooperative agreement with (the
program) to develop and/or maintain snowmobile trail grooming equipment and/or trail facilities," the
The program is administered by ISSA President Chris Willey and Past ISSA President Terry Durby
and governed by RSC members from across the state. Here are quick instructions for the grant
- Download the application and save
- Open application
- Fill out application. As you start to fill out, save document with your clubs name in the saved title.
- Complete the application and save final application with clubs name in saved title.
- Make sure all items in checklist are included in submission.
- Trail Grant Applications due May 1. Download form here.
- Trail Sign Orders due May 1. Download form here.
- Scholarship applications due April 15. Download form here.
- Award Nominations due June 1. Download forms here.
Travel Plans Ahead for ISSA Officials
Officers and directors from the ISSA will be travelling this spring to represent Iowa snowmobiling
interests on the national and international stage.
In April, local leaders fly to Washington, D.C., to participate in the American Council of Snowmobile
Associations (ACSA) annual D.C. Fly-In. After that, they travel to Nova Scotia for the 50th Annual
International Snowmobile Congress (ISC) in June.
Each event is filled with guest speakers and meetings related to the sport of snowmobiling. In D.C.,
participants will meet with their respective representatives on Capitol Hill, and at ISC, leaders from state,
provincial and international snowmobile associations will gather to develop strategies on preserving
access and funding for snowmobiling.
ISSA President Chris Willey (or his designee) will represent Iowa on the International Snowmobile
Council as well as during meetings with the full ACSA board and the Midwest Chapter of ACSA.
|The American Council of
(ACSA) is once again selling
its fundraising raffle calendars.
To purchase a calendar,
contact Past ISSA President
Jim Willey at
the ACSA office at
Campout Host Needed for this Summer
The ISSA is soliciting bids from its member clubs to host the 2018 Summer Campout, normally held
As always, the ISSA provides $200 in incentive money to the host club, and as much as $600 in
expenses can be reimbursed through the ISSA.
Last summer, the Butler County Snow Snoops of Region 4 stepped forward to host, and everyone had
a great time at Camp Comfort near Greene. Events can be as simple or elaborate as desired.
If your club is interested in hosting this year’s campout, please reach out to your ISSA Region Director
or contact ISSA President Chris Willey at (563) 920-9010 or firstname.lastname@example.org to submit a bid.
Skunked out for most of the winter, club members from Region 4 took advantage of an early spring
blizzard to ride the trails in Floyd and Butler counties for, in actuality, the first and last time of the season
on Sunday, March 25. Arriving three days after the start of spring, the March 23 storm dumped as much
as 17 inches of snow in a line from Mason City to Waterloo. Trail conditions deteriorated quickly as
temps climbed well above freezing the rest of the week.