The story in Tuesday’s edition, “Committee to present reduced town budget” (page 1), the person who pointed out in an email that the proposed ½-mile OHRV route north on Route 16 as far as the Eastern Depot Restaurant could lead to closing the existing ATV parking on Route 2 was incorrectly identified. Abby Evankow sent the email. Town manager Denise Vallee replied to an earlier Evankow email in which she outlined her concerns about unfounded rumors. Evankow wrote: “If the new trailhead is accepted, then the current trailhead will not be needed and can be closed — then the lawsuit goes away. Opening a new one and closing the current (one) keeps the town in line with the survey that went into the master plan — showing less than 30 percent wanted more OHRV trails and 78 percent wanted more walking trails. It will be an expansion of walking trails rather than OHRV trails. OHRVs keep their downtown access and everyone wins.”
Vallee did not contest that statement, but replied, “We will have to see how the state proceeds with the alternative.”
The public hearing on OHRV Use on Route 16 in Gorham is scheduled at 6 p.m. in the Town Hall auditorium/opera house on Feb. 10. The public notice states: “Public input will be sought on the proposed expansion route only.