Hiking: good conditions, fall colors are increasing daily. During wet weather, avoid two areas - 1)trails near the warming house that have been bulldozed to prepare for logging; 2)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 - grass seed was recently spread there).
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 tread gently on 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.
Loggers are currently working on the East Side in the vicinity of the Otter Slide and Far East trails. The 'Red Pine' timber sale (north of the warming house) will be logged later this fall.
Look at the 'Mowing Report' and the map of mowed trails to find the trails the loggers will be using.
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, vice president, at 4:10 p.m. at the warming house at the Blue Hills Trail
Officers: Dave Olsen, Tom Paulsen, Dick Pebler
Members: Dan Bale, Jonathan Stanley, Jerry Wilkes
Non-members: Dan Bartels, Steve Brockman
Repair or replace 2007 snowmobile
Our 2007 model Skidoo Skandic SWT snowmobile stopped running while grooming during the snowstorm of Saturday, December 11. Dan Bartels was operating the machine when the transmission malfunctioned, leaving the snowmobile stranded on the trail near #21. After multiple efforts, Dan was able to tow it to the parking lot on Wednesday, December 15. Inspection of the transmission the following day showed several gears to be partially or completely stripped. It will need a new transmission.
Many phone calls later, various options were developed and presented to those in attendance. Options included: repair at a cost of $2900 and continue using the current snowmobile; repair and sell now hoping to receive market price of $5000-$5200; sell as is (we have 2 interested parties, no firm bids); trade on a new Skandic SWT listed at $11,000; instead of purchasing a new snowmobile, consider the alternative of purchasing a tracked side-by-side UTV (John Deere 825i available from a Mason, WI dealer for $16,300) for multi-season use on the trails.
Discussion seemed very thorough. Our current financial status was reviewed. We then voted unanimously to purchase a new Skandic SWT 800 from Hayward Power Sports at their price of $10,000, accepting their offer of $2500 trade-in allowance for our 2007 Skandic (with disabled transmission). Tom Paulsen will contact Hayward Power Sports on Monday, December 20 to confirm the deal. Dan Bartels will transport the snowmobiles, arrange for wiring of the new snowmobile to operate the 12V motors on our grooming implements, and transfer the flexi skis from the old snowmobile to the new snowmobile.
Motion to adjourn by Dan Bale, second by Jonathan Stanley. Adjourned at 4:50 p.m.
Taken by Tom Paulsen, Secretary