CONWAY — The Meadow Mountain Riders Snowmobile Club got the OK from selectmen Tuesday to pursue the potential to lease town-owned land in Center Conway for use as a clubhouse site.
The 3.05-acre parcel abuts Macdonald Motors and the Nichols property. A portion of the land, in the Meeting House Hill area, is used by the police department as a vehicle impoundment area, noted Town Manager Tom Holmes.
Citing a need for more information, selectmen voted unanimously to allow the group to proceed with survey work to delineate topography, wetlands and septic suitability. “The board is favorable for them to move forward with the concept,” said Selectman John Colbath, who noted that he “would like it better if it were a multi-use, year-round-use property.”
The club’s proposal didn’t speak to trail development, but Conway Public Works Director Paul DegliAngeli said the site is near to the planned route of a recreation trail being pursued by the nonprofit Mount Washington Valley Trails Association when it is fully built out.
Phase 1 of that route runs from Cranmore to Walmart. Phase 2 is planned to run from Walmart to the Conway Police Department and Smith-Eastman Covered Bridge abutment area, and the third phase is envisioned as running from the Saco River and tying into an existing recreation path east of the Conway town line in Fryeburg.
Tuesday’s meeting was the first time selectmen considered the club’s proposal, which also includes construction of a storage building.
Any long-term lease of the town-owned land would require approval by voters, noted Holmes.
That process would also require a change of zoning. The parcel is currently zoned as residential/agricultural land. Much of the surrounding land is in the Highway/Commercial District.
Timelines surrounding necessary public hearings and town voting indicate that any potential lease agreement wouldn’t come before April 2021, Holmes said.