Thursday, February 17, 2011

Chase Trail Groomer Information

Hello everyone who uses the Chase trail!

Recently, two groomers were purchased by the Chase Trail Service Area. The intent is to make the groomers available to trail users to share responsibility for trail maintenance. The groomers are available for travelers to hook up and groom any section of trail between the Talkeetna River bridge and the mile 231.7 crossing of the RR tracks. The groomers must stay on the Chase Trail at all times. They are not to be used on private property.

A few notable qualities of the groomers:

1. The groomers are a distinctive bright orange to make it easy to see them in the snow and to distinguish them from other privately-owned groomers. Please only use the orange groomers.
2. The blade is adjustable with a ¾ inch wrench.
3. If the snow is too deep, the hitch can be folded back and the metal U-bolt can be hooked directly to the pintle hitch – allowing the groomer to be transported with the blade off the ground.
4. A pintle hitch is the easiest for hooking up, but you can use it with a flapper hitch also. A shackle or a strong piece of string can be used to attach the groomer to your machine.
5. The groomers are 44’” wide so they will fit across both the Billion Slough bridge and the Talkeetna River bridge.

When you are finished grooming, please leave the groomers tipped on their side so they will not be buried in a snowfall or accidentally run over. Leave them off to the side of the trail so that they do not obstruct traffic. If anyone is interested in purchasing their own groomer to groom there private trails, please contact Mike Wood at 733-8350.

Thanks to everyone for your help in maintaining the Chase Trail.

Happy Smooth Trails

2011 Meeting Dates

Chase Community Council
2011 Meeting Dates
Meetings are held quarterly/ on the third Thursday of the month
Jan 20, 2011
April 21, 2011
July 21, 2011
October 20, 2011
January 19th, 2012
Meetings take place at the Talkeetna Roadhouse unless otherwise published. Meeting notices are posted at the Talkeetna Library and the Talkeetna Post Office. Additional announcements are sent via email to those who have provided a email address to the secretary. Verbal announcements are aired on KTNA radio station 88.9 fm and may be viewed on line at

Jan 20th Meeting Notes

Chase Community Council met on Jan 20th to hold elections to fill 3 seats on the board. Mike Wood, Peg Foster and Jeff Olsen were elected.
The Chase Homeowners assc, has donated money to the Chase Community Council to buy a drag to be used in the CCC area.
Ideas were discussed for the revenue sharing money from the state, managed by the borough. Mike Wood is working with engineers at the Alaska Railroad to have the trail between the 2 bridges reengineered to avoid future flood issues.
All agreed that this is our main priority.
Chase Trail Maintence has purchased two trails, which will be used by everyone to groom the Chase Trail from town to the gravel pit.