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Park & Rec. Advisory Committee
Monday, July 17 2006
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: at the Town Hall
Business Meeting


The Committee will discuss park projects and maintenance.

Brenda A. Schneider
Town Clerk


The Park & Rec. Advisory Council met on Monday, July 17th, 2006, at 7:00 p.m., at the Town Hall. Present were Chairperson Kim Bertram, Bob Roehrig, Earl Jewett, Gary Morgen, John Abler, John Rickert, John Morris and Secretary Brenda Schneider. Members absent were Lyle Nett, Robin Calvey representing Linda Calvey, Ed Schneider, Tim Simon and Angie Prull.
1) Call to order. Chairperson Bertram called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m..
2) Discuss park projects and maintenance.
• Parking lot. The Town has spread the recycled asphalt material that was piled along the parking lot.
• Sledding hill shelter. Tony Lemke, with the assistance of his parents Kevin and Kerrin, and friend Dan Guse, plans to construct the shelter as an Eagle Scout project. John Abler has been working with the Lemke’s on the planning. Lemke also plans to build four benches out of railroad ties and perform some trail maintenance as part of the Eagle Scout project. The group intends to do the work in August. The Committee’s total budget is $2,200.00. The group will do as much as they can within the constraints of the budget.
• Trail benches. See “sledding hill shelter”.
• Paintball. No paintball activity has been noticed since spring.
• ATV use. ATV use has not been noticed since the east gate was locked after the last committee meeting. Bob will unlock the gate for the bikers.
• Enforcement. The Town Constable and the Town Board are investigating participating in the Lakeside Municipal Court system; which would enable the Town to issue citations for violations of the Park rules. Bob Roehrig has been working to post the rules signs at the high travel locations and the main entrance.
• Trail maintenance. Some volunteers have been clearing brush along the trail through the middle area of the park.
i. The Committee discussed additional trimming needed such as removing the lower branches of the evergreens.
ii. Posting signs at the entrances notifying visitors of scheduled ‘work days’ in which they could assist.
iii. The north and south map signs need attention. Mike Sabel will be asked to fix them.
iv. Lynn Mathias, Fond du Lac County Land & Water Conservation Dept., suggested using the grader to form a drainage system along the wet part of the railroad bed trail. A verbal quote was shared for $132.00 per load for stone. It was also suggested that the stone be packed and tapered to the edge. Tim Simon estimated the area would need 5-6 loads. The mud in the center of the bed would be removed before laying the stone.
v. The Committee plans to install color-coded posts and additional signage at trail junctions delineating the different trails and their restricted uses before the end of the season.
• Horses using the ski trails. The Committee needs to post additional signage marking the horse riding trails and the ski trails and place a sign at the gate informing visitors whether or not the horse trails are open or closed. The bridle trail, established as the railroad bed to the snowmobile trail, needs to be completed with a loop at the north end of the snowmobile trail.
i. The Town Board revised the ordinance, as recommended by the Committee, 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. Earl Jewett or John Morris will take care of posting the trails closed sign.
• Trail Committee. A subcommittee will 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. Earl will spearhead the formation of the subcommittee.
• Fence. The cliff fence area has established sumac along it. The Committee needs to inspect the fence area to determine whether or not any additional fencing is needed. Private property-no trespassing signs will be posted at the property line.
• Scenic Overlook. The Town Board is still awaiting a response from Congressman Petri regarding the removal of the specific conditions placed on the property by the federal government.
July 17th, 2006 Park & Rec. Advisory Council 2.

The Town has not yet contacted the Schmitz family regarding the future purchase of the property between the Park and the Scenic Overlook.
• New volunteer. John Morris, a Marian College environmental science teacher, has joined the Committee. On occasion, John brings some of his students to the Park for study/work.
• New Chairperson. Kim Bertram plans to step-down as the Chair and has asked Earl Jewett to consider the position. The Committee unanimously supports Earl as the Chairman.
• Next meeting. The next meeting will be October 16th, at 7:00 p.m., at the Town Hall.
3) Adjournment. The meeting adjourned at 8:38 p.m.

Brenda A. Schneider
Town Clerk

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