Park & Rec. Advisory Committee
Tuesday, March 28 2006
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: at the Town Hall
1. Call to order.
2. Discuss park projects and maintenance.
Brenda A. Schneider
The Park & Rec. Advisory Council met on Tuesday, March 28th, 2006, at 7:00 p.m., at the Town Hall. Present were Chairperson Kim Bertram, Lyle Nett, John Abler, Orville Schmitz, Earl Jewett, Gary Morgen, John Rickert, Robin Calvey representing Linda Calvey, Ed Schneider, Bob Roehig and Secretary Brenda Schneider. Tim Simon and Angie Prull were absent.
1) Call to order. Chairperson Bertram called the meeting to order at 7:04 p.m..
2) Discuss park projects and maintenance.
Parking lot. The parking area is in need to improvement. Mike Sabel, Road Maintenance Supervisor, will be asked to consider spreading the recycled asphalt material piled along the parking lot. A few areas of clay will need to be removed prior to spreading the material. Gravel could be added on top of the recycled material.
Sledding hill shelter. Gary Morgen has developed plans for the shelter. The cost of materials is estimated at $1,000.00. It will be a three-sided structure with a slant roof. It will be made of cedar tongue and groove sides and roof. The cost estimate does not include a bench. Ed Schneider has a fiberglass bench that may work. The concrete slab is 8x16. The shelter is proposed to be 8x14 at the outside measurements. Several Explorer Scouts are willing to do the work. The Town will need to provide supervision and guidance. John Abler will coordinate the project for early May and inform Gary so that the materials can be ordered.
Trail benches. The Explorer Scouts are also willing to provide the labor for the construction and placement of benches along the trails. Sam Tobias will be contacted regarding where the County purchases their trail benches and the associated cost.
Paintball. Paintball is again being played in the Park. The Town Board amended the ordinance to prohibit the playing of paintball in the Park. Revised rules signs were posted last year at the main entrances to the Park. Bob will post two additional signs at the less common entrances.
ATV use. ATVs are being ridden in the Park. Tracks indicate they are accessing the Park through the Park View easement. Bob will close and chain the gate at that entrance.
Trail maintenance. The Explorer Scouts would also like to clean-up the trails as needed. The trail system on the north end needs some maintenance. Possible trail projects are as follows:
i. The Committee plans to post color-coded posts and additional signage at trail junctions delineating the different trails and their restricted uses. Gary Morgen will solicit a quote for cedar posts.
ii. Earl Jewett has spoken to Lynn Mathias, Fond du Lac County Land & Water Conservation Dept., regarding erosion problems on a few of the trails. Mr. Mathias has agreed to perform a site visit and possibly make suggestions on how to stabilize the soil. Earl will contact Mr. Mathias to schedule the site visit. Earl will inform interested members of the date and time.
iii. It was also suggested that a Trail Committee be formed for the purpose of evaluating grades, determining the future uses of existing trails, the construction of additional trails, envisioning conflicts in uses, etc.
Horses using the ski trails. The Town has received complaints regarding horse riding on the ski trail. The history of the ordinances pertaining to horse riding in the Park was reviewed. The Committee will post additional signage marking the horse riding trails and the ski trails and a sign will be placed at the gate informing visitors whether or not the horse trails are open or closed. The Committee consensus was to re-establish the bridle trail as the railroad bed to the snowmobile trail. A loop will be created at the north end of the snowmobile trail. Snowshoeing and hiking on the ski trails also damages the snow surface for skiing.
Enforcement of the Park Rules.
i. The Committee recommended a specific forfeiture clause be added to the ordinance.
ii. The Committee also recommended the forfeiture ranges be increased in comparison to the general forfeitures contained in Section 1-1-6 of the Towns Code of Ordinances. Section 1-1-6 establishes forfeiture ranging from $50-1000 for the first violation and $100-2000 for the second.
iii. The Committee also recommended a clause be added to authorize enforcement by any State or County Officer and any DNR Warden.
iv. The Committee also recommended investigating the possibility of participating in the Lakeside Municipal Court System.
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v. The Committee also recommended amending the ordinance regarding the riding of horses as follows: Between April 15th and November 15th, riding horses between the hours of sunrise and sunset is permitted only on marked bridle paths, as allowed by posted signs. Horses are not permitted on trails during the spring thaw or during times of wet soil conditions or when the park entrance is posted with a trails are closed sign.
Fence. The cliff fence area has established sumac along it.
Scenic Overlook. The Town Board is awaiting a response from Congressman Petri regarding the removal of the specific conditions placed on the property by the federal government. It was also recommended the Town consider contacting the Schmitz family regarding the future purchase of the property between the Park and the Scenic Overlook.
Additional labor. It was mentioned that the Fond du Lac High School Environment Club may be willing to assist with projects.
Next meeting. The Committee intends to meet in mid-June for an update on specific park projects.
3) Adjournment. The meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m.
Brenda A. Schneider
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