Maine Revised Statutes

§1893. Off-road Recreational Vehicle Office

1. Office established.  There is established within the bureau the Off-road Recreational Vehicle Office, referred to in this subchapter as the "office." The office includes the following.
A. Within available funds, the snowmobile program shall develop and maintain snowmobile trails and provide educational and informational materials for the use of operators of snowmobiles. The bureau may charge a reasonable fee for such services and materials when the money credited to it under chapter 937 is insufficient to satisfy the demand for those services and materials. All fees collected must be deposited in the bureau's Snowmobile Trail Fund. The bureau shall administer the Snowmobile Trail Fund, and the snowmobile program's other activities must be conducted pursuant to subsection 3. The Snowmobile Trail Fund receives funding as provided in chapter 937 and Title 36, section 2903-D, subsection 2. [2003, c. 414, Pt. B, §21 (AMD); 2003, c. 614, §9 (AFF).]
B. The bureau shall administer the ATV Recreational Management Fund established under subsection 2 for the purposes given in that subsection and for the acquisition of land to be used for ATV trails. The bureau may adopt rules in accordance with Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2 for the issuance of grants-in-aid from the fund and to further define alpine tundra areas pursuant to section 13001, subsection 4. Additional funding for the ATV Recreational Management Fund is as provided in Title 36, section 2903-D, subsection 3. [2003, c. 414, Pt. B, §22 (AMD); 2003, c. 614, §9 (AFF).]
[ 2013, c. 405, Pt. D, §7 (AMD) .]
2. ATV Recreational Management Fund.  The ATV Recreational Management Fund, referred to in this subsection as "the fund," is established and administered by the department.
A. The fund may be used to conduct research on issues related to the management of ATVs; assist in the formation of nonprofit ATV groups; make grants-in-aid to political subdivisions, educational institutions, regional planning agencies, ATV groups and others to construct and maintain ATV trails, to purchase equipment or to otherwise carry out the purposes of the fund; assist in the design and development of ATV trails; purchase, lease or otherwise acquire interests in land, including, but not limited to, fee or easement interests for ATV trails or sport-riding facilities; provide protection to landowners against ATV-related suit or liability; or otherwise provide for the wise and orderly management of ATVs. [2003, c. 695, Pt. B, §2 (AMD); 2003, c. 695, Pt. C, §1 (AFF).]
B. If any money in the fund is not expended during the year in which it is collected, the unexpended balance may not lapse, but must be carried as a continuing account available for the purposes specified until expended. [2003, c. 414, Pt. C, §1 (NEW); 2003, c. 614, §9 (AFF).]
[ 2003, c. 614, §9 (AFF); 2003, c. 695, Pt. B, §2 (AMD); 2003, c. 695, Pt. C, §1 (AFF) .]
3. Use of fees.  This subsection applies to the use of fees credited to the Snowmobile Trail Fund.
A. The bureau is authorized to use the money credited to the Snowmobile Trail Fund to make grants-in-aid to political subdivisions, educational institutions, regional planning agencies, snowmobile groups and others for the construction and maintenance of snowmobile trails and for research, development and planning of snowmobile trails.
(1) For all grants disbursed after July 1, 1984, the bureau shall adopt rules specifying how to apply for the grants, which projects are eligible and the formula for state support.
(2) The bureau may charge a reasonable fee for these services and materials when the money credited to it under this paragraph is insufficient to satisfy the demand for the services and materials. All fees so collected must be deposited in the Snowmobile Trail Fund.
(3) If any of the money is not expended during the year in which the money is collected, the unexpended balance does not lapse, but is carried as a continuing account available for the purposes specified until expended. [2003, c. 414, Pt. C, §1 (NEW); 2003, c. 614, §9 (AFF).]
B. The bureau is authorized to use money credited to the Snowmobile Trail Fund for snowmobile trail acquisition, including, but not limited to, the purchase or lease of real estate, grants to snowmobile clubs, municipalities and counties for the acquisition of snowmobile trail maintenance equipment and the acquisition of easements, construction, development, planning and maintenance and for providing educational and informational materials for the use of operators of snowmobiles and for research. [2003, c. 414, Pt. C, §1 (NEW); 2003, c. 614, §9 (AFF).]
C. The money distributed to municipalities by the bureau under this subsection may be appropriated by the municipalities for any purpose for which they may lawfully appropriate money. [2003, c. 414, Pt. C, §1 (NEW); 2003, c. 614, §9 (AFF).]
D. By June 30th of each fiscal year, the State Controller shall transfer from the Snowmobile Trail Fund to the unappropriated surplus of the General Fund an amount equal to the tax exemption under Title 36, section 1760, subsection 90. [2007, c. 429, §1 (NEW); 2007, c. 429, §3 (AFF).]
SECTION HISTORY
1997, c. 678, §13 (NEW). 2001, c. 693, §1 (AMD). 2001, c. 693, §11 (AFF). 2003, c. 414, §§B21,22,C1 (AMD). 2003, c. 414, §D7 (AFF). 2003, c. 614, §9 (AFF). 2003, c. 695, §B2 (AMD). 2003, c. 695, §C1 (AFF). 2007, c. 429, §1 (AMD). 2007, c. 429, §3 (AFF). 2013, c. 405, Pt. D, §7 (AMD).