Park & Rec. Committee
Tuesday, May 8 2007
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: at the Town Hall
1) Spring/summer projects
2) Entrance sign-notices
3) Trails signs, posts, planning
4) Drainage along railroad bed trail
5) Perimeter fencing
6) Scenic Overlook-brushing and tree removal
7) Erosion control
8) Prairie management
Brenda A. Schneider
The Park & Rec. Advisory Council met on Tuesday, May 8th, 2007, at 6:30 p.m., at the Town Hall. Present were Chairperson Earl Jewett, John Abler, Orville Schmitz, Gary Morgen, Lyle Nett, Linda Calvey, John Morris, Ed Schneider, John Rickert, Bob Roehrig, and Secretary Brenda Schneider. Absent were Kim Bertram and Bill Holzbach.
Chairperson Jewett called the meeting to order. The Oath of Office was administered to the members present. Bob Roehrig motioned to approve the minutes of the March 13th, 2007 meeting, seconded by John Abler. Motion carried.
1) Spring/summer projects. A work-day will be held on April 28th with more dates possible throughout the summer. The Committee hopes for approximately 20 volunteers. Projects for the day: pick-up litter, cut brush, install bench in the sledding shelter. Trenching the surface water drainage away from the railroad bed trail will be an August project.
2) Entrance sign-notices. Sam Tobias, County Parks Director, has provided plans & specs for a kiosk. The kiosk would be used for posting information, maps and special notices. In 2006, the County built a kiosk for less than $700.00. The 2007 parks budget is $5,000.00. Ed Schneider motioned to purchase the materials for one kiosk, seconded by Bob Roehrig. Motion carried. Gary Morgen will order the materials. Construction of the kiosk may become an Eagle Scout project. Earl Jewett will research the possibility.
3) Trail signs, posts, planning. Six additional trail signs are ready for installation. The Trail Committee will handle the installation.
The Trail Committee intends to complete major planning this year. Priorities when establishing new trails are as follows: safety, preservation of terrain, avoidance of park user conflicts, avoidance of further erosion and continuity of current and future trails. Horseback riders are willing to work with the Committee to designate bridle trails.
There has been an increase in bike use. A biker recently rode over a child. The Committee needs to communicate with the bikers about safety on multi-use trails.
The Committee needs to plan segregated trails for specific uses.
Several of the Committee members have access to and knowledge of the use of GPS equipment. An updated trail map could be compiled using GPS.
4) Drainage along railroad bed trail. The Committee intends to bury a drain tile across the trail to the lower area to the west of the trail. Resurfacing of the trail should include scraping the silt and adding stone. Kim Bertram has previously offered the use of a tiling machine. The affected area is approximately 300 feet. Mike Sabel will be asked about the possibility of scraping the area with the Town’s grader. Mike will also be asked for a quote for tile and screenings.
5) Perimeter fence. The Committee discussed installing a split rail fence along the hill abutting the Schmitz pond. The fence is intended to be a warning of the property boundary and that people could be trespassing on private property. There was also discussion of installing chain-link fencing donated to the Town by Orville Schmitz or installing barnyard type gates.
The hill also has the potential for an elevated platform for viewing the lake. The platform could be a future project. The Committee will look at options at their next meeting.
The areas abutting the southeast corner of the Schmitz property needs re-establishment of the fence. Some of the bikers created a new trail in part on the Schmitz property. The bikers have been informed. They have placed branches across the bike trail to block further use of it. The Committee reviewed a parcel map that indicates the Schmitz’s own to a point on the east side of the main trail. In researching the Town Board minutes, a meeting in May, 1971, refers to Mr. Laudolff donating an additional 3 acres that would be an asset to the future development of the park. The location of the three acres is unknown. The Fond du Lac County Register of Deeds Office will be contacted for assistance. Ed Schneider motioned to purchase single strand wire to use for the perimeter fence along the Schmitz property, seconded by John Morris. Motion carried.
A small parking area could be created on the former dump site off of Silica Road. The project would require additional fencing.
May 8th, 2007 Park & Rec. Advisory Council 2.
6) Scenic Overlook-brushing and tree removal. The Scenic Overlook was recently opened for the season. Abler Tree Co. recently donated one day’s work to clean brush and remove trees. The Committee discussed utilizing the fill material from the removal of the lower drive to build a gravel road extension onto Kiekhaefer Parkway. The culvert in the lower driveway has been removed. The asphalt will remain at this time.
7) Erosion Control. Sam Tobias has offered to assist with the installation of water bars along the snowmobile trail where it curves into the main trail. The Trail Committee will plan and coordinate this project in conjunction with other trail projects.
8) Prairie Management. Sam Tobias has advised that there is no need to burn the prairie this year.
The Trail Committee plans to cut a trail through the prairie.
9) Other Business. The knob of the west bank of the sledding hill could be removed for the sake of safety. Local excavators will be asked to consider the project. The soil could be shifted to form a steeper, curved run on the west side of the hill. Lights could also be added to illuminate the bowl.
There are several public accesses to Lake Winnebago; some of them owned by the Town, others are privately owned. These accesses are not developed nor signed. D’Signs will be asked for a sign sample and quote.
10) Next meeting. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, August 29th, at 6:30 p.m.
11) Adjournment. Lyle Nett motioned to adjourn at 8:30 p.m., seconded by John Abler. Motion carried.
Brenda A. Schneider
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