THIS WEEK'S QUESTION:
The county’s request to open town roads to local ATV traffic while the state Department of Environmental Conservation works to establish a primary multi-use trail is drawing some criticism from town board members. The board discussed the issue with County Legislator Kevin Acres at their meeting Wednesday, April 10, during Acres’ county government report to the town. Six towns, including Canton, are being asked to open their roads to allow ATV thru-traffic from Lewis County trails into St. Lawrence County and on to Franklin County.
Would you support ATV traffic on roads in your town?
Take the NCNow Survey. Results will be posted April 30.
LAST WEEK'S QUESTION:
Ogdensburg City Council gave official support to an Ogdensburg-Prescott bicycle ferry Monday following a visit from Canadian officials. Officials said the ferry would cater to bicyclists and pedestrians with attempts to cash in on the booming bicycle tourism business. Prescott Mayor Brett Todd told city council he was excited about the prospect of restoring a ferry between the two cities. Previously, the Ogdensburg-Prescott ferry, operated from the early 1800s until around 1960s.
Do you support a bicycle/pedestrian ferry in Ogdensburg?
73.6% -- Yes
26.4% -- No
Total Responses: 227
Here are your comments:
As long as the Canadians pay for it.
April 23 8:05 a.m.
We need anything and everything to attract the million people between here and Ottawa not to mention Montreal.
April 23 7:44 a.m.
Yes of course' it's a no brainer.
April 23 7:40 a.m.
Better for the earth and your body. God bless.
April 23 6:57 a.m.
As long as it is not just another feel-good folly that drains taxpayers, who cares?
April 23 2:39 a.m.
Yes, this would be wonderful. Thank you.
April 22 3:44 p.m.
There is no way thus can make economic sense.
April 22 2:50 p.m.
Why not? I'm sure that Trump doesn't and the northern border and the alt right/racists are the only ones who fear an invasion or have any concerns.
April 22 10:25 a.m.
Get every penny of state and federal money into Ogdensburg as possible can or let it be stolen by.
April 22 10:03 a.m.
I routinely bicycle 40-100 miles a week/weekend. I would use a bicycle/pedestrian ferry if the border/immigration part wasn't a pain in the butt and if the cost was reasonable. I love Hornes' ferry in the Cape. I travel to the cape a several times a summer/fall just to motorcycle/ride the ferry and do the Kingston Loop.
April 22 7:11 a.m.
Border services would cripple it via the costs of their services and their harassment of travelers.
April 22 2:48 a.m.
More gov. spending.
April 22 2:42 a.m.
It was very popular in the 1940s and '50s. I used it frequently as a young person and especially enjoyed shopping in Canada and skating at their indoor rink. In later years I realized I had left my country before I left my county by crossing by ferry to Prescott the great St. Lawrence River.
April 21 11:27 p.m.
Absolutely! The more opportunities we have for locals and visitor to walk and cycle our beautiful area, the better. Good for tourism, good for wellness, good for fun!
April 21 11:19 a.m.
Cannot imagine a downside to this proposal.
April 21 8:20 a.m.
Waste of money. Use the money to fix the bridge that needs work so badly.
April 21 7:57 a.m.
Chinese food without using the bridge sounds good.
April 21 3:36 a.m.
Waste of money.
April 21 1:19 a.m.
Would be great for tourism and business on both sides of the border.
April 20 11:38 p.m.
You know it makes one wonder if our local city council stay awake brainstorming topics to ponder on a list of "goofy things that'll make us go hmmmm"!! Of course why not re-try a great "ferry concept" (it worked before) for our friendly Canadian biker tourists to visit us and do scenic things while they are here like "take in a movie" at our "once was" beautiful cinema, cut short by local politics and/or "shop till they drop" in our congested major market mall storefronts. Of course we'll have to build some bike racks so "they can do lunch" in our historical fine food eateries like Phillips Diner, Cams Pizza Palace, or venture and peddle down our scenic splendor paths on Ford Street to the "oldest bar in Ogdensburg" (and a fine one it surely is... called The Place... or the beautiful Phoenix on the Bay... whatever “bay" they're referring to I have no clue even though I've lived here 50 years? Then to complete their "to-do" scenic travel brochure they may just want to take in the view of the Fort Presentation, well actually the "historical log fencing" placed strategically around the site (where our city never let it happen of course) for reasons of no big "pay-ola" or whatevers! I guess the Dobisky Center could finally have a use as another U.S Custom Toll - Booth so drug traffic would not cause more influx then we already have! Guess it's nice to be analytical in money prospects but still waiting for the high-end condos to be constructed on the Psychiatric Center in the neighborhood shared by a Criminal Predator unit, and even our very own prison!!! Hmmm like said before ... tourist trade is the key to the sign of the times... but then again ... is it????
April 20 6:57 p.m.
The refusal of the Ogdensburg Port Authority to allow bicycles across the bridge has been a major impediment to bicycle touring in St. Lawrence County.
April 20 6:11 p.m.
Since the OBPA/Wade Davis mindlessly took away pedestrian and cyclist access to the bridge some years ago, this ferry idea is the next-best hope to restore one aspect of bicycle tourism for this part of Ontario and St Lawrence County.
April 20 5:43 p.m.
Absolutely. Unless of course the OBPA will get with the program and reopen the bridge to pedestrian traffic. Wade Davis has ignored cyclists on both sides of the border. OPEN the BRIDGE to BICYCLISTS!!
April 20 5:24 p.m.
Big question is, will it be financially viable. Also customs services.
April 20 3:29 p.m.
What a great idea! Now if only we had bicycle trails on this side to match those on the Canadian side.
April 20 1:54 p.m.
Waste of time. I think there will not be enough bicycle/pedestrian traffic to be financially feasible.
April 20 9:31 a.m.
There are 1 million people between Ogdensburg and Ottawa, We need to utililize every means we can to tap that market. Having something to offer them even if it's just an extension to their bike trails is certainly a major step in the the right direction. This has the potential means of revitalizing our downtown and the surrounding area. Now we also need to build more hockey rinks and Tim Hortons to better serve them. Lets go after that huge market in a huge way.
April 20 7:36 a.m.
Anyone would be a fool not too. Tech companies have employees that want biking trails for themselves and their families health, and the companies want them because they help keep health costs down. Attract tech companies with awesome bike trails and outdoor recreation.
April 19 11:50 p.m.
Let’s find another way to spend more money that we don’t have. Learn how to save money. That means STOP SPENDING on every stupid thing that comes around! There won’t be enough money coming in to our economy to off-set the expense of running this insane “booming(?) bicycle tourism business”. What about the liability of putting bicycles on a boat and bringing them across the river? A stupid, wasteful, no good idea from people who have nothing better to do than throw our hard earned money away!
April 19 8:49 p.m.
Really? Is this a joke? we would actually waste all this money to accommodate the 10 or so bikers that may use this service?
April 19 6:10 p.m.
This would be a great idea!!!
April 19 12:54 p.m.
It does not seem like this use of American tax dollars would benefit enough of us to justify the cost. Perhaps it would benefit a few local restaurants, but the Canadians bring over their bicycles and then stay in RVs and campers in the Walmart Parking lot. They might purchase some things at Walmart but that spending does not stay here and benefit the local economy. I do not appreciate finding tags left behind on the ground in parking lots in Massena and Ogdensburg, or the ridiculous long lines at the UPS store. The Ogdensburg airport was built with American tax dollars and ticket prices are subsidized by our tax dollars so Americans can better afford to travel domestically. It is wrong that Canadians get the same ticket prices when they don't pay American taxes. Catering to Canadians does not benefit the majority of residents of St. Lawrence County and taxes should not be wasted trying to encourage more "tourism."
April 19 12:07 p.m.
Booming bicycle tourism... yeah, okay. Maybe for a few rich Canadian yuppies. Waste of funds. Fix the roads and streets.
April 19 11:29 a.m.
It will be a great asset to both cities to have this service available once again.
April 19 9:44 a.m.
How stupid is this? Who comes up with this crap? How about fixing the roads in this dump known as SLC.
April 19 9:04 a.m.
Waste of tax dollars.
April 19 7:00 a.m.
It wouldn't be a "game changer," but economic progress can be built on a series of small advances. Let's do it. Besides, it would be cool to have a public boat ride available in Ogdensburg for locals and tourists. Want to get out on the river? Let's take a little cruise to Canda!
April 18 7:16 p.m.
I would definitely use a ferry.
April 18 2:14 p.m.
I only wonder what the logistical nightmare will be "crossing" the border each way. Already a pain in the car at the bridge. Can't be easier on the ferry?
April 18 2:06 p.m.
Good for the economies of both nations.
April 18 1:37 p.m.
Can't find better things to spend their money on?
April 18 12:36 p.m.
It would be wonderful. However, U.S.Immigration will never let it happen. It would be too costly and difficult to monitor.
April 18 12:36 p.m.
Great Idea, I definitely support it!
April 18 8:58 a.m.
I think that would be wonderful to persue the tourism in such a beautiful area of northern New York State.
April 18 7:58 a.m.
What a waste of money. Feed the poor or something more useful.
April 18 6:47 a.m.
Ridiculous idea. Who is supposed to pay for this? If Oburg (already broke) and Prescott want to foot the bill entirely, fine. Otherwise it's not the taxpayers responsibility to foot the bill for yet another costly boondoggle.
April 18 6:33 a.m.
If county tax payers are funding it no. -Other wise if it's funded by local business than by all means give it a try.
April 18 5:31 a.m.
Sure, as long as there is the consumer tourists to make it worthwhile.
April 17 6:30 p.m.
It wouldn't be a car ferry like before -- no way could that be afforded. If strictly for walkers and bicyclists, a large pontoon boat should be enough. Costs and maintenance should be reasonable.
April 17 5:39 p.m.
Who is John Gault?
April 17 4:38 p.m.
Wow what a folly. I would, however, support a pogo stick ferry.
April 17 4:19 p.m.
I would use it at least once a week.
April 17 3:09 p.m.
OMG! What will they do with all the money made from bottle water sales? :-) And the occasional granola bar or piece of fruit. No sales tax from their purchases so where's the big boost to the economy going to come from?
April 17 2:54 p.m.
This is a great way to expand both economies. This also takes away the burdensome trip crossing the bridge, and allows pedestrians to walk/bike, which allows them to browse through stores, eat a local restaurants, and still be able to catch a ride back home. Makes the trip easy.
April 17 1:01 p.m.
There used to be a ferry long ago.
April 17 12:21 p.m.
What a waste!
April 17 12:07 p.m.
April 17 11:47 a.m.
No. It should be in Morristown. Shame the ruthless "good ol boys' government" that all congregates at Ellas has their heads up their behindes.
April 17 11:42 a.m.
Yes, as long as it can pay for itself without government grants. More grants lead to higher taxes and further the notion that it is more appropriate to spend someone else's money instead of your own !!!
April 17 11:14 a.m.
Very exciting project!
April 17 10:17 a.m.
It would be wonderful!
April 17 9:51 a.m.
This is a great idea.
April 17 8:24 a.m.
April 16 9:17 p.m.
You bet I do. Maybe it could be called the Christine L. Nash bicycle and pedestrian ferry. If you don't know who she was, google her.
April 16 8:34 p.m.
Who will PAY for it? I hope not the taxpayers.
April 16 8:06 p.m.
What a waste of money who would ever use that, nothing in Ogdensburg nothing in Prescott.
April 16 7:20 p.m.
Anything to promote exercise.
April 16 4:54 p.m.
No problem , just raise the poor tax again.
April 16 4:41 p.m.
Sure. All of those tourists can visit the towers and maybe kill some time at the Ogdensburg Mall.
April 16 3:49 p.m.
Add cars and my answer is yes.
April 16 3:34 p.m.
I never see anyone in Ogdensburg riding bikes there for I think this will not be used. Waist of money! plus it cant work in winter because of ice. Why do bikers get special treatment? Dumb!
April 16 2:05 p.m.
Stupid waste of money.
April 16 1:18 p.m.
Just another thing to add to the debt of the country that caters to but a few!
April 16 12:02 p.m.
I support putting a big dome around Ogdensburg so they can't push any of their meth outside of the city.
April 16 11:26 a.m.
Would end up tax payer funded.
April 16 11:17 a.m.
Hopefully some successful businesses come to the Ogdensburg area as right now I can't think of a reason why anyone would want to go there.
April 16 11:08 a.m.
No -- this is a neat idea but truly a waste of money and resources. We already have a bridge which is already understaffed by Customs, so adding another crossing point would put a strain on the already long wait lines for Customs. Instead of putting money into a ferry, put money into making Ogdensburg more attractive: spruce up the waterfront (open up the water front), add a boat gas station, put some public restrooms in by the water, maintain the trails and roads near the water. This would do more than a ferry
April 16 11:02 a.m.
I think it’s a great idea as long as Customs does not ruin it.
April 16 10:21 a.m.
Absolutely not if it is going to take taxpayer dollars. If it is going to be so profitable the private sector would have already done it.
April 16 10:14 a.m.
Anything to increase tourism.
April 16 10:13 a.m.
Absurd! It would have to be heavily subsidized and you still would have to deal with customs ask area boaters how easy it is to report to customs.
April 16 10:08 a.m.
We can't afford it. Taxes in Ogdensburg are sky high as it is.
April 16 10:01 a.m.
What a waste of money!
April 16 9:44 a.m.
What a dumb ideal
April 16 9:09 a.m.
Sounds like a great idea.
April 16 9:04 a.m.
It sounds like a really neat endeavor!
April 16 8:51 a.m.
You should have offered the option to vote "Don't care"!
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