Frost is entering the ground, conditions are good for hiking and fat tire biking. Many trails are bare, shaded areas have snow cover measuring 1/2"-1" or more.
November 29: flurries
We usually start grooming the ski trail some time in early December as the deer gun hunts wind down. It's all very weather dependent, we need snow.
Meeting called to order
by Dave Olsen, president, at 6:00 p.m. at Burdy's Bar and Grill (Weyerhaeuser, WI)
Officers: Ron Jasperson, Dave Olsen, Tom Paulsen
Members: Nels Curnow, Steve Gest, Patty McGown, Jonathan Stanley
Non-members: Dan Bartels, Charlotte Bartels
Review options for replacement of our aging 2008 workhorse snowmobile (Skidoo Skandic SWT)
Our 2008 Skandic SWT snowmobile is approaching the end of its usefulness for our trail system. Historically, our organization replaces our snowmobiles after about 8000 km of use. They offer good resale value at that point. Our 2008 Skandic SWT has about 6600 km at this time, and will probably add another 1000 km before the end of the season (late March). This same machine recently underwent a costly replacement of its charging system - replacement of the stator and voltage regulator cost close to $1200. This machine is running well, and should be worth up to $6200 at resale.
Prior to this meeting, the officers, numerous club members, and groomers have researched various options for new machines to pull our grooming implements. Tom Paulsen distributed a document summarizing the information available at the time of this meeting.
These were the meeting's major opening assumptions:
Discussion of various options was held, including:
We have the money on hand to replace our 2008 snowmobile. Tom Paulsen will contact the Arctic Cat dealership in Trego, WI to determine availability and to negotiate price of a new model Arctic Cat Bearcat Groomer's Special snowmobile. Once we have this new snowmobile on hand, we will sell our 2008 Skandic SWT snowmobile. We also anticipate selling our 2012 Skandic SWT snowmobile after completion of the 2014-15 grooming season.
Some time in the near future (perhaps early March), Tom Paulsen will contact our membership to request feedback regarding their willingness to financially support the future purchase of a tracked UTV (i.e., John Deere Gator) for year-round use on our trail system. As part of a one time fundraising effort, Tom Paulsen estimates the ability to raise $5,000 from various supportive businesses - our organization would need to receive pledges amounting to $25,000 before we could purchase a Gator.
Motion to adjourn by Nels Curnow, second by Tom Paulsen. Adjourned at 7:15 p.m.
Taken by Tom Paulsen, Secretary