Park & Rec. Comittee
Wednesday, September 5 2007
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: at the Town Hall
1) Budget review.
2) Discuss 2007 projects:
a) Drainage-railroad bed trail.
b) Erosion Control.
c) Perimeter fencing.
d) Information kiosk.
e) Identification signs-main entrance, other accesses.
f) Trails-signs, posts, planning.
g) Sledding hill-shelter, excavating, lighting.
3) Discuss future projects:
a) Observation platform.
b) Parking area-Silica Road.
c) Scenic Overlook.
d) Signage/Development-public lands, lake accesses.
e) 2008 Budget request.
4) Schedule work days.
5) Public Comment.
Brenda A. Schneider
The Park & Rec. Advisory Council met on Wednesday, September 5th, 2007, at 6:30 p.m., at the Town Hall. Present were Chairperson Earl Jewett, John Abler, Orville Schmitz, Lyle Nett, Linda Calvey, John Rickert, Bob Roehrig, Bill Holzbach and Secretary Brenda Schneider. Absent were Kim Bertram, Gary Morgen, John Morris and Ed Schneider.
Chairperson Jewett called the meeting to order. The Council dispensed with the approval of the minutes of the 5/8/07 meeting.
1) Budget review. To date, $367.49 of the $5,000.00 Park budget has been expended.
2) Discuss 2007 projects:
a) Drainage-railroad bed trail. The problem area is currently dry. The Committee discussed asking Mike Sabel to use the grader to scrape the silt from the trail’s surface, create a swale and cut back the hill in order to allow surface water to drain away from the trail. Additional stone base may be needed at Mike’s discretion. The Committee consensus was to not install tiling at this time.
b) Erosion control. Erosion control is needed where the north end of the railroad bed trail meets another trail. Mike Sabel will be asked to cut the hill at that location with the grader. The trail near the bridge needs to be diverted to avoid water erosion. Bob Roehrig motioned to authorize the purchase of stone and other materials for trail maintenance needed in order to address erosion control, in an amount not to exceed $1,000.00, seconded by John Rickert. Motion carried.
c) Perimeter fencing. At their 5/8/07 meeting, the Committee authorized the purchase of single strand wire to be erect as a perimeter fence. The wire has yet to be purchased. The Committee discussed the type of wire that would be best suited for the job. There is also a question as to the location of the property line bordering the Schmitz property. Further research is needed. John Rickert motioned to authorize the purchase of fencing tape and materials for the fence to be erect along the Schmitz border, seconded by John Abler. Motion carried.
The fencing along the hill overlooking the Schmitz’s pond was again discussed. The last fence installed has been bent over and parts of the fence have become overgrown with brush. The Committee will research options for the next meeting.
d) Information kiosk. The Committee is awaiting cost of materials. A Boy Scout is interested in building the kiosk. The Committee did not come to a consensus as far as the best location for the kiosk. Mike Sabel has recommended removal of the brush and trees to the south of the gate in order to open the view from the road in an attempt to deter graffiti. John Abler motioned to authorize the purchase of material for the kiosk and to build it this fall, with or without Scout involvement, seconded by Bob Roehrig. Motion carried. John Rickert left the meeting at this time. Bill Holzbach arrived about this time.
e) Identification signs-main entrance, other accesses. A scout is interested in building a wood sign. The Committee preferred a sign similar to the Town Hall sign; which includes the Town’s logo. John Abler motioned to authorize the purchase of an identification sign for the main entrance to the Park, seconded by Linda Calvey. Motion carried.
f) Trails-signs, posts, planning. Some of the trails need tree/brush trimming. John Abler motioned to authorize Mike Sabel to contract for tree/brush trimming services along the railroad bed trail and the access trail from the burn site, not to exceed $1,000.00, seconded by John Rickert. Motion carried.
The Committee is planning to develop an updated trail map using GPS equipment.
Bob Roehrig has purchased more trail signs. He needs more posts. The Committee consensus was to authorize him to purchase enough material for 20 cedar 4x4 posts.
g) Sledding hill-shelter, excavating, lighting. Tony Lemke plans to paint over the graffiti on the shelter.
The Committee plans to slope the corner of the sledding hill and add fill at the south end.
Mike Sabel believes lighting can be added by mostly donated materials. A timer can be installed to turn off the lights at 10:00 p.m.; the time at which the Park closes. Lyle Nett motioned to authorize the installation of lighting at the sledding hill, seconded by John Abler. Motion carried.
September 5th, 2007 Park & Rec. Advisory Council 2.
3) Discuss future projects Bill Holzbach, Committee member and Chair/leader of Cub Scout Pack 3707, will be working with the troop building birdhouses over the winter. He requested the ability to place the birdhouses in the Park. The Pack would clean the houses annually. Committee consensus was to support the project.
a) Observation platform. The Committee discussed placing concrete bunkers and a slab for a future platform that would be approximately 6 feet above grade. The platform could be surrounded by a built-in bench. Bill Hozbach left the meeting at this time.
b) Parking area-Silica Road. Mike Sabel obtained a quote for $2,000.00 for the necessary excavation work and stone for a 40’x60’ parking lot. There would be additional costs for the expansion of the fence.
c) Scenic Overlook. Abler Tree Service is planning to complete the brushing work this fall. It is unknown if the additional work will be donated. It is the opinion of the Committee that no additional work is needed.
d) Signage/Development-public lands, lake accesses. The Committee consensus was to obtain Board support prior to erecting signage. Bob Roehrig left the meeting at this time.
e) 2008 Budget request. This item was postponed until the next meeting.
4) Schedule work days. The Committee plans to meet for a work day on October 13th or October 20th.
5) Public Comment. The Town Constable requests authority to monitor the Park in his jeep. The Committee consensus was to fully support his duty to enforce activities.
Next meeting. The Committee’s next meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 10th, at 6:30 p.m.
6) Adjournment. Linda Calvey motioned to adjourn at 9:15 p.m., seconded by John Abler. Motion carried.
Brenda A. Schneider
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