MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County’s Clerk is announcing that snowmobile clubs in the county will be able to once again have a presence in the Department of Motor Vehicles office, if only on a limited basis. In a release sent out last Friday, County Clerk Sandy Sopak says the snowmobile associations will have a presence in the Mayville Department of Motor Vehicles office on Saturdays to accommodate snowmobilers.
Under county law, any snowmobiler who registers with a snowmobile club will get a discount on their snowmobile registration rate. Often, a snowmobiler would first join an association at the DMV, then register the snowmobile in order to get the discount. Last week, WRFA reported that the state is not allowing the county DMV staff to handle or process snowmobile association information or applications.
However, Sopak says they have found a way to still accommodate snowmobilers who would like to become a member of one of the clubs. She says a member of the snowmobile clubs will be on site every Saturday to accept applications and provide the vouchers, which the snowmobilers can then turn in to receive the discount on their registration.
Although snowmobile association information and registration was previously available in the DMV offices, the state has issued a stern directive that this is no longer acceptable.
County legislator Lori Cornell (D-Jamestown) has already announced her concern with the new law and is reaching out to state officials to ask if they consider allowing the snowmobile club information to once again be allowed in the DMV offices in Mayville, Dunkirk and Jamestown each day that they is open.