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About soupkids

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    Senior Member
  • Birthday 02/19/1969

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  • Location
  • Main Riding Area
    Sudbury North
  • Club
  • Sled
    2018 Polaris Adventure 800
  • Previous and/or Other Sleds
    2016 SB Adventure 600, 2010 SB 600, 1999 XLT Tourning, 1989 Indy Trail SP, 1988 Indy Sport, 1972 Polaris TX 340
  • 17/18 Mileage
    2700 miles
  • 16/17 Mileage
    2500 miles
  • 11/12 Mileage
  • 10/11 Mileage
  • Interests
    Duhhhh, sledding
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  1. soupkids

    OFSC BOG Decision

    I've got to thinking on this matter again and the bog decision may simply to give more time. I know here it has taken forever just to have STPA merged to STP., I'm not sure if it's even done yet. It seems to have gotten stuck in the lawyers hands (big suprise)
  2. soupkids

    Missing winter? Me Too.

    A sled for winter. A motorcycle for summer. A quad to fill in the blanks, Have to enjoy life while your still alive, dead is perminat.
  3. soupkids

    OFSC BOG Decision

    STP was the model used for the operations portion of mots. STP has always used centralized grooming where no club owns a groomer but owns the trail. For the most part the system works very well allowing assets to be moved quickly in the event a groomer goes down for a prolonged period during the season. Sometimes a groomer won't be moved depending on traffic and conditions. STP/D12 is a large geographic area with many waterbodies that cannot be crossed by groomers. Trust me by saying that when a machine does go down it's not fix the groomer it groom my trails with whatever is available. This I believe is the heart of what mots is all about, being able to groom all trails in the event of a failure of any machine in the system in a reasonable time frame. I know there is all kinds of other crap that goes with mots like money, assets of the club besides groomers and including property. I have heard that club's will no longer be able to have club houses, this I think is wrong in the sense that if the CH can be self sustaing or even profitable, why not have it. If permit money needs too be injected to keep it afloat, let it sink. I'm still split in using fundraising money to support a CH. If the CH is also the groomer repair facility the same rules apply for the CH portion only. STP has an office/storage/repair building that could not ever be used as a CH. There is so much of mots that makes sense that I hope the whole thing doesn't die.
  4. soupkids

    Caution / Warning - North Bay truck & trailer Blitz

    Did you know? Starting July 1, 2018 drivers of vehicles requiring an A-F class licence, vehicles requiring a Commercial Vehicle Operator's Registration (CVOR) and road building machines will be prohibited from having any presence of alcohol in their blood when behind the wheel of these types of vehicles. These drivers will also be prohibited from having any presence of cannabis in their system as well as other drugs that can be detected by an oral fluid screening device. If police determine that you have the presence of cannabis or alcohol in your system and/or that you are impaired by any substance including illegal drugs, prescription drugs or over-the-counter medications, you will face severe consequences and potential criminal charges. http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/impaired-driving.shtml Copied from something I found on FB.
  5. soupkids

    OFSC BOG Decision

    Have you ever traveled D12 in its current form. 1 example, meldrum bay to killarney would be would about a 6 hr drive on a good day. Killarney to oniping would be 3 hrs min. Club's down south are bitching about 1-2 hr drive. To implement MOTS properly $$ need to be spent on technology such as video conferencing so nobody has to travel for meetings. I'm sure 02sled could provide existing zero cost software solutions. Supply every club with a tablet loaded with the software and bingo. I'm sorry big fish, you are talking out your ass on this one.
  6. soupkids

    Polaris stuff for sale.

    Could be interested in the windshield. How tall is it ?
  7. soupkids

    On line trail map?

    If you want to make your life even easier, get a log skidder like I got. I pulled a 30 ft maple out of the Bush easily.
  8. soupkids

    Missing winter? Me Too.

    Not missing it yet, enjoying the bike right now
  9. soupkids

    On line trail map?

    Believe it or not most Sms are not much wider than quads. They look much wider due to the height.
  10. soupkids

    MOTS deadline September 6/2018

    For 02 and Nutter here is how it works here in a nut shell up here. STP proper (Sudbury) we do have a repair garage which if required machines will be floated in to be repaired, general maintenance is done where the machine is parked. Espanola and the Island both have existing agreements to get the machines inside for repairs, the 2 new northern clubs, no idea as of yet. Now to the paid vs volunteers. Each groomer has a coordinator(paid), which can also be an operator, and operators(paid). Coordinators are expected to attend bimonthly operations meetings which a member of each club also attends to work out "issues" with grooming and trails etc. General maintenance is performed by the coordinator and or operator depending on what is required, ex general greasing would be the operator, full service, grease, oils, filters would be coordinator and an operator possibly. Now if an extra pair of hands is required for a short time for a specific task and a volunteer is available and wants to go, well thats what happens Many factors are considered in all of the above. Many times a volunteer has been asked to go rescue an operator when the groomer has had a catastrophic failure and is stuck in the bush, ask me I can tell you all about it over a beer or 10. I'm not saying the system we have is perfect but it has worked pretty dam good for us for the last 15 yrs or so. now in the case of areas where this system is just starting, why can't your volunteers no be paid employees as operators or coordinators. They don't have to work everyday or even at all, only when they want to or are needed. the cost of wages is small vs repairs. If a volunteer really f's up a machine there isn't much you can do about it, paid employee, here's the door. hard to get a volunteer to go grooming all night every night, paid employee, its the job, no liky, here's the door. Not saying all paid employees are great operators, we have let more than a few go, and in some cases a volunteer is a guy you want on the machine (make him an employee then) With the funding model in place now the d's are not going to be able to afford to run the groomers on a saturday afternoon because so and so feels like going grooming, with paid employees that machine isn't moving until afterdark or it won't be long till the groomer isn't moving at all.
  11. soupkids

    MOTS deadline September 6/2018

    2 things Volunteers are just that, Volunteers, no pay, maybe a lunch once in a while. Once a volunteer is paid, they are no longer a volunteer, they are an employee Volunteers don't cost money. Employees do. Pretty simple to me. you statements are contradictory.
  12. soupkids

    MOTS deadline September 6/2018

    How can free manpower add significantly ??
  13. soupkids

    MOTS deadline September 6/2018

    Last year was much better, operator where told where and when to groom.
  14. soupkids

    MOTS deadline September 6/2018

    I'm not sure why every is so against MOTS, Sudbury has been running that way since its inception and it works pretty good. Some will argue otherwise (step in here ceaig). Most issues are specific to an individual not the system in place.
  15. soupkids

    Manitoulin Snowdusters in deep trouble

    It's or merger STP and D 12 that is stuck somewhere