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 p.m. at the Warming Hut
Officers: Carolyn Chatterton, Frank Lowry, Dave Olsen, Jan Paulsen.
Members: Steve Brockman, Howard Chatterton, Wendy Zabst.
Motion by Olsen, second by Chatterton, to dispense with reading of the prior minutes. Unanimously carried.
Presented by Carolyn Chatterton. Discussion held. Steve Brockman questioned if there might be a way to pay a one-time license fee for grooming equipment. Dave Olsen will check into this. Motion by Frank Lowry, seconded by Steve Brockman, to approve the Treasurer's report as presented. Unanimously carried.
501C3 status discussed. Howard Chatterton suggested hiring someone to get this done. Frank Lowry said he would meet with Chris Buslee and get it taken care of.
Blue Hills Ascent race report was supplied by Tom Paulsen in a written form, and this was reviewed. Discussion held about pre-registration and wave seeding. Olsen suggested that teams be required to pre-register. Olsen suggested that there be two registrations – team and individual. Chip timing was suggested.
Other fundraising ideas: Olsen said that food stands at summer events are more work than the RCTA banquet.
Banquet: Howard Chatterton suggested a fish bowl 50/50 raffle for the banquet and silent auctions would work well for the banquet. Steve Brockman will check into the possibility of renting the VFW hall in Weyerhaeuser for the banquet.
Mowing and Trail Maintenance: Steve Brockman suggested that we look into buying or renting equipment to mow. Acre Ease is a $2,000 22-hp mower that hooks on a 4-wheeler and has four blades. Olsen asked Brockman to check into rental of mowing equipment. Lowry will head up bridge repair.
Insurance: Coverage for equipment and liability totals approximately $800.
Warming house: No need to seal at this time. Olsen will take care of soffit repair, and also will look into fixing the furnace.
Work Day: September 27.
Membership Dues: To remain at $40 for family and $20 for individuals.
Grooming equipment: Discussion was held regarding purchase of a Ginzu Groomer. Brockman moved, Lowry seconded, that the club buy a Ginzu Groomer. Motion passed unanimously.
To be carried over with additions as highlighted in bold
Election of Officers
Zabst nominated Dave Olsen for president, Chris Buslee for vice president, Jan Paulsen for secretary, and Carolyn Chatterton for treasurer. Seconded by Steve Brockman. Unanimously carried.
Motion to adjourn by Howard Chatterton, second by Brockman. Unanimously carried. Adjourned at 8:25 p.m.
Taken by Jan Paulsen, Secretary
A Listing of Active Committees