Hiking: good conditions. During wet weather, avoid two areas - 1)trails near the warming house that have been bulldozed to prepare for logging; 2)the south portion of the West Side trails between intersections A-B-C-D-E (last fall those trails were bulldozed and used to haul logs from a timber sale).
Grasses: mowed trails have short grasses. Elsewhere the grasses are knee high, waist high, and chest high. Be sure to look at the map in the mowing report (below).
Biking: most trails are firm - although the East Side trails are always damp and soft if you venture to the Far East. When biking this summer, please avoid the south half of the West Side of the trail system - grass seed was spread in July on the many bare trails involved in last summer's logging operation.
Insects: not very bothersome, but keep the bug juice handy, and bring a hat to discourage the deer flies.
April 25: wet flurries
We started mowing the East Side trails in late June. West Side trails haven't been mowed yet - the Forestry Department usually mows the West Side but probably won't have an available mower this year. If time allows, our organization will mow the West Side later this fall.
Meeting called to order
by Dave Olsen, president, at 7:15 p.m. at the Warming Hut
Officers: Carolyn Chatterton, Dave Olsen, Jan Paulsen.
Members: Howard Chatterton, Tom Paulsen, Dick Pebler, Jonathan Stanley, Al Sykes, John Ziemer. Jonathan Stanley, Al Sykes.
Non-members: Bill Pearson (Northroads Bike Club).
Motion by Dick Pebler, second by Jonathan Stanley, to dispense with reading of the prior minutes. Unanimously carried.
Presented by Carolyn Chatterton. Income exceeded expenses. This was a good year for receipts from the donation pole in the parking lot. Discussion held. Motion by Al Sykes, seconded by John Ziemer, to approve the Treasurer's report as presented. Unanimously carried.
501C3 status discussed. Bjorn Hansen has worked on finalizing the details for the 501C3 application. This will be forwarded to RCTA President for signature.
Blue Hills Ascent: race report was supplied by Tom Paulsen. The race was canceled two days before the race due to unsafe conditions because of the previous day's rains followed by a hard overnight freeze. In exchange for an agreement to utilize their professional services again in 2006, White River Timing agreed to drop their 50% cancellation fee ($375) for the 2005 race. We also were able to recover the insurance fee from K&K Insurance ($240). The trophies and race bibs will remain available for the 2006 race. After discussing a possible 50% race refund if the race is canceled, all in attendance agreed that we can no longer offer a race refund – we have too many fixed expenses to take into consideration. Bjorn Hansen has volunteered to assume the role of race director for the 2006 race. Tom Paulsen will provide assistance with online registration, Dave Olsen will head the registration on race day, Howard Chatterton will again assume responsibility for the race trophies / medallions. Race fees will remain $10 for youth, $20 for adult racers (discounts for pre-registration) – although the final decision will remain in the hands of the race director.
Mowing: we again expect Rusk County will mow the West Side trails. They need to be reminded to NOT go over bridges! The County will do side arm mowing on the gravel road and West Side. Discussion implied the goal of mowing before the 4th of July and Labor Day.
Banquet: Al Sykes has volunteered to head the banquet committee. He selected a date (October 29), and has plans for the meal at the Blue Hills Inn, with a ticket price again of $25. Tom and Jan Paulsen will again spearhead the fall fundraising, with plans to focus their appeals toward supportive individuals and businesses, and RCTA members. A major prize for the banquet was not discussed.
New members: discussion held on ways to attract new members, especially younger skiers. Dick Pebler will contact Dale Zuzek (Rice Lake) regarding methods to encourage youth participants. Marshfield Clinic has a 'Healthy Lifestyles' movement that could possibly align with usage of the Blue Hills Trail. John Ziemer will follow this possibility ('Healthy Lifestyles').
Skinny Ski website: Dick Pebler moved, seconded by Jonathan Stanley, to continue the web link with Skinny Ski (annual cost of $60). Unanimously approved.
Road signs: painting is needed for signs on Hwy 8 and County O.
Warming house: sealing the exterior was last done September 2001. This will be repeated September of this year (plans to seek recommendations from Bjorn Hansen re: power washing followed by sealing). Interior care (repairing the chinking, door repair, etc) needs attention – some of this should be discussed with the builders.
Work Day: to be selected this fall.
Discussion held regarding trailhead and membership fees. Motion by Al Sykes, unanimously passed, to raise the requested trailhead donation to $5, and the annual membership (still considered a great bargain) to $25 (individual) and $45 (family). RCTA wants to continue the affordability of membership, while encouraging generous donation to help meet our expenses.
Website: the website remains a popular way to follow trail conditions. Tom Paulsen welcomes input in the form of pictures to add to the photo gallery. Suggestions for improvement included 1) adding periodic polls of interest; and 2) adding information with instructions for individuals interested in assisting with trail maintenance.
To be carried over with additions as highlighted in bold
Election of Officers
Jan Paulsen nominated Howard Chatterton for president, Dick Pebler for vice president, Carolyn Chatterton nominated Tom Paulsen for secretary/treasurer. These motions were seconded by Al Sykes. Unanimously carried.
Motion to adjourn by Dick Pebler, second by John Ziemer. Adjourned at 9:02 p.m.
Taken by Tom Paulsen, Secretary
A Listing of Active Committees