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 Jan Paulsen, president, at 7:05 p.m. at the warming house
Officers: Carolyn Chatterton, Lori Mikunda, Jan Paulsen.
Members: Howard Chatterton, Dick Gralewicz, Jim Kurz, Pete Olson, Tom Paulsen, John Ziemer.
Old Business: a) website report; b) 501C3 status
Blue Hills Trail website report: Tom Paulsen reported on the Website. Very positive comments have been received.
501C3 status: Cyn Reinert has been working on 501C3 status. Technically the filing for exempt status should have occurred within eighteen months of incorporation, however Jan explained that the worse case scenario would be that the club would be responsible for paying 'back taxes'. Reinert recommended no equipment purchases be made until the exempt status has been received. The estimated timetable is 3 months for the IRS to respond.
New trail development south of Ladysmith: John Ziemer reported that the City of Ladysmith is attempting to develop a trail near the industrial park following the Flambeau River to the hospital bridge. The trail would be developed for walking, biking, and snowshoeing.
Long-term Funding of Equipment Purchases: Tom Paulsen motioned to set aside $5000 annually (to be reviewed each year) and that the money be invested safely at the discretion of the officers. Second by Howard Chatterton. Motion carried.
Cindy Erickson, Carolyn and Howard Chatterton, and Jan and Tom Paulsen are on the fall banquet committee at this time. The banquet is scheduled for November 11, location undetermined at this point. Randy Sabien and his band will provide the entertainment.
Blue Hills Ascent Committee
Blue Hills Trail Committee
Grooming Equipment Status: Jim Kurz reported that the bombi was operating well at the close of the season. A suggestion was made to have Ypma check over the bombi this fall. Replacement of the alpine snowmobile was discussed. Cost proposals were presented for various workhorse snowmobiles. Pete Olson volunteered to pursue options for alpine repair or replacement. Motion by Jim Kurz to investigate the repair costs of the alpine, if under $500 go ahead and repair the alpine and use for the coming season; if not feasible to fix, sell the alpine and purchase a new or used alpine equivalent. Tom Paulsen seconded the motion. Discussion held. Motion carried.
Trail improvements to the Blue Hills: Recommendations were bridge repair and one new bridge, culverts, and reroute by #30. WCC has seeded the raw areas. Jan Paulsen and Carolyn & Howard Chatterton have been lobbying to restrict ATV use on the west side as damage is being done to the trail. FEMA funds are designated for work being completed this summer.
Skijoring on the trails: People have contacted the Club requesting the trails be opened for skijoring. Discussion held regarding safety concerns. Guidelines will be developed to restrict the skijoring and loose dogs on the eastside on weekends; however the Westside will be open to skijoring and dogs. The consensus was to encourage people with dogs to limit their skiing to the Westside trails. Motion by Carolyn Chatterton, second by Tom Paulsen. Motion carried.
Purchasing an additional roller: would eliminate transporting the roller. A new roller would cost $1200-$1300. Discussion held. The consensus was to table any purchase at this time.
Delegating Duties: Jan is looking for volunteers to clean the outhouses on an ongoing basis.
High School Trails Committee
Pete Olson stated students would be doing some maintenance on the LHS lighted loop June 2. Trail access for the bombi was discussed.
Log Jam Race Committee
The Log Jam Bike Race will be held June 11. Dave Borman needs course volunteers June 10 and June 11. Saturdays prior to Memorial Day will be workdays. Jaycees will be doing food, registration, and awards. Lodging will be available.
Sisters' Farm Trails Committee
Election of Officers
Howard Chatterton nominated the existing officers being, Jan Paulsen, President; Carolyn Chatterton, Vice President; and Lori Mikunda, Secretary-Treasurer. Second by Tom Paulsen. Motion by Howard Chatterton to close the nominations and cast a unanimous ballot. Motion carried.
Meeting Adjourned at 8:50 p.m.
Taken by Lori Larsen Mikunda, Secretary-Treasurer.
A Listing of Active Committees