Hiking: hiking conditions are good, peak color has passed, enjoyable fall colors remain.
Biking: the West Side trails offer the best biking, that area tends to be the driest (but BE SURE TO READ 'Important Updates' below). The East Side trails are surprisingly dry this summer, and more 'bike-able' than usual. On the East Side, after rainy weather avoid the trails far to the east, they usually are damp and soft.
Bugs: insect activity is low.
A 50-100 meter segment of West Side trail adjacent to a beaver dam is soggy between intersections H-I; you can walk your bike through this spot - but anticipate wet shoes if you do.
Due to recent logging, on the East Side, if the trails are damp avoid Rut Road between intersections 20-21-22. Click here for details
Due to active logging, on the West Side, avoid the loop between intersections D-E-D, and watch for logging traffic from A-B-C-D.
April 24, 2021: snow showers
Summertime mowing began in late June on the East Side trails. East Side mowing was completed on July 25th, and touch-up mowing was done after that. The West Side was mowed in the last half of July. Click here for a map showing East Side mowing details.
Meeting called to order
by Tom Paulsen, secretary, at 9:05 a.m. at the warming house at the Blue Hills Trail
Officers: Tom Paulsen, Dick Pebler
Members: Dan Bale, Jan Paulsen
Motion by Jan Paulsen, second by Dan Bale, to dispense with reading of the prior minutes and to accept the May 2009 minutes. Unanimously carried.
The fiscal year runs September 1 to August 31 inclusive. An interim budget report was presented by Tom Paulsen. Revenue exceeded expenses by $6496.28. We incurred some significant expenses this fiscal year (big items included purchase of a new roller from ABR, mouse damage requiring furnace repair, and various equipment repairs). Fortunately, fundraising again produced generous donations, and we were able to sell an old roller at a good price. Our bottom line shows a positive balance at this time (available cash) of $14,703.14. Discussion was held. Motion was made by Dan Bale to approve the Treasurer's report as presented, and seconded by Jan Paulsen. Unanimously carried.
Election of Officers
Dick Pebler was nominated by Jan Paulsen for president, seconded by Dan Bale, elected unanimously. Dave Olsen was nominated by Jan Paulsen for vice president, seconded by Dan Bale, elected unanimously. Tom Paulsen was nominated by Jan Paulsen for secretary/treasurer, seconded by Dan Bale, elected unanimously.
The $800 CD held at Ascencia bank (online) reached maturity and was cashed in February 2010. In early 2009, BHTA received this $800 donation to honor Jean Replinger. With Mrs. Replinger's permission, the $800 will be merged with our general funds and be reserved for future bridge work at #31.
Fall banquet: held at Burdy's banquet hall in Weyerhaeuser, this provided plenty of room in an enjoyable atmosphere. Tom & Jan Paulsen reported that attendance was low, but the attendees were enthusiastic and seemed to enjoy the evening. The banquet was more financially successful than many past years (showing a profit of $1300). The method used for prize distribution worked well (primarily silent auctions).
Blue Hills Ascent: the race was organized by Frank Lowry, and held during very good snow conditions. 8k and 16k distances were offered. The race drew only 24 participants (5 HS men, 7 HS women, 10 adult men, 2 adult women). Unofficial timing was available and worked well. Overall, we generated about $210 through same day donations. There were no costs incurred. Despite the small turnout, it was a successful race, and a fun time was had by all.
Website: those in attendance agreed the website remains very functional. We continue to provide links to a few of our major business supporters.
Fundraising: overall good results despite the ongoing major economic recession. Business donations and individual donations were stable, and the number of memberships was stable.
Equipment: we recovered $800 when we sold an old roller. We purchased a new roller from ABR (Active Backwoods Retreat in Ironwood, MI) for $1500 plus transportation costs. We also added a 12-volt system for lighting the storage shed interior. Snowmobile covers were purchased to protect the machines from road salt during winter transportation. As usual, equipment repairs were a moderate expense. Fortunately, Dan Bartels continues to handle a significant portion of the equipment repair work.
Grooming and trail maintenance:
Snowshoe trail: no action on this the past year.
Signage: Rusk County printed and laminated the necessary replacement maps. Jan and Tom Paulsen replaced the WestSide maps/signage, Dan Bale and Jerry Wilkes replaced the EastSide maps/signage.
Warming house: to save money, caulking was deferred this past year. In November 2009, Kevin Westlund placed fiberglass insulation in the interior to seal visible gaps. A mouse nest in the furnace fouled the burner, and was repaired at a cost of $190. Since that time, Ropax has been useful in eradicating the mice.
Those in attendance agreed the membership fees ($35 for individuals, $55 for families) and trailhead fees ($5 daily donation) should remain unchanged. Hopefully this will allow many diverse individuals to access the trail system despite the sluggish economy. It's our hope that individuals doing well financially will continue to provide generous donations.
Fall Banquet: the approach for the 2010 fall fundraiser was discussed. We again will focus on a limited number of major prizes and silent auction items, and one or two major raffles. Volunteers for the banquet committee will be sought by sending out an email message to our members. Perhaps Burdy's (Weyerhaeuser) would again be a suitable location for the fundraising banquet.
Blue Hills Ascent: Frank Lowry has volunteered to be race chair again for January 2011.
Website: Tom Paulsen's goal is to keep it functional, straight forward, and to update frequently during ski season.
Fundraising: Tom and Jan Paulsen will again spearhead the fall fundraising with help from Dick Pebler representing the Rice Lake area. As in the past, their appeals will focus on supportive individuals and businesses, and BHTA members.
Grooming team: Dan Bartels and Steve Brockman will share the position of head groomer. Likely assistant groomers include Steve Gest, Jay Howard, Frank Lowry, Tom Paulsen, and Jonathan Stanley. Our goal remains quality grooming of the entire trail system with major emphasis on the core loop.
Warming house: exterior caulking needs to be accomplished some time in the next few years. Officers will work out the details by speaking with Kevin Westlund and Bjorn Hanson (with Bjorn discussing purchase versus donation of materials and labor).
Work Day: to be selected this fall.
Ski Clinic: not discussed
Signage: three individuals (Dan Bale, Dick Pebler, and Jerry Wilkes) volunteered to handle the fall replacement of maps and trail signs.
Snowshoe trail: we will send out an email message looking for volunteers to establish a designated snowshoe trail.
Warming house propane heat: to obtain a better propane price, Tom Paulsen contacted Sheldon Coop to become the supplier for the propane. Sheldon Coop will install a new tank in June.
Website: Tom Paulsen reported that no significant changes are anticipated.
To be carried over with additions as highlighted in bold
Motion to adjourn by Dick Pebler, second by Dan Bale. Adjourned at 10:35 a.m.
Taken by Tom Paulsen, Secretary
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