Park & Rec Committee
Wednesday, May 7 2014
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: at the Taycheedah Town Hall
1) Call to order.
2) Discuss projects:
a) Hermanns Park maintenance and projects.
b) Kiekhaefer Park maintenance and projects.
c) Scenic Overlook maintenance and projects.
d) Gladstone Park maintenance and projects.
e) Deadwood Point Park maintenance and projects.
f) Fisherman's Road Boat Launch maintenance and projects.
g) Volunteer Workdays.
3) Budget review.
4) Next meeting.
5) Public Comments.
Brenda A. Schneider
PARK & REC ADVISORY COUNCIL
May 7, 2014
TAYCHEEDAH TOWN HALL
Present: John Abler, Jim Bertram, Tom Klamrowski, Earl Jewett, John Rickert, Bob Roehrig and Brenda Schneider
The meeting was called to order at 6:30 pm by Chairman Earl Jewett.
The Hermanns Foundation donated $20,000 to the Town for the construction of a basketball court at Hermanns Park. The only condition is that Hermanns Construction be the primary contractor for the project. The size and location is at the discretion of the Town.
After reviewing the various sizes, motion by Jim Bertram, second by John Rickert, to construct an elementary school size court (74' x 42'). Motion carried unanimously.
Hermanns would like to see the court used for an ice rink in the future. Electricity, due to a donation from the Adolph Schneider Memorial, has been brought to the Park for a flag light. It could be extended to the court/rink for lighting.
Motion by John Rickert, second by Jim Bertram, to place the court in the northeast corner of the property, in an east-to-west orientation and that any excess funds be used for screening/fencing. Motion carried unanimously.
The sled hill lights that were vandalized last fall have been repaired. An insurance claim was filed.
Justin Kelley assisted with ski trail grooming during the winter. Jewett reported that the ski trails received good winter use. Jewett further reported that he plans to re-route some trails due to erosions problems.
Removal of invasive species has begun. A small group worked last Saturday on the removal of honeysuckle and box-elder. There is buckthorn along the RR trail and wild parsnip at the bottom of the ski hill. There is also garlic mustard in several locations. More manpower is needed.
The Snowmobile Club agreed to do some seeding along the new trail they created in order to control the establishment of new plants.
Bruce Fryda and his son have been picking-up litter every week. They have removed several tires near the old snowmobile trail. A few of them need to be cut in order to remove them from the mud.
The Graphics Center has completed seven 'you are here' maps.
A boy scout made posts for geocache tags. He's looking for an auger to be used in installed them.
The sign kiosk needs work. The lexan glass has become corroded and has suffered paintball damage. The Council needs to research options as to how best to modify the kiosk. Jewett will contact Mike Wirtz and Ed Braun for ideas.
Prairie management needs to be done. Jewett and Mike Sabel had planned to burn it once the weather permits. Jewett will contact Connie Ranthum to see if it is now too late in the season. Jewett may have found a couple of volunteers to assist.
Erosion control has become a priority project. The railroad bed trail continues to experience water issues. The Council discussed using a small dozer to create swales along both sides of the trail. The east side trail needs packed base material, as well as the west side trail by the new trail.
The 2014 budget allocation for parks is $5,000, excluding Fisherman's Road. Motion by Bob Roehrig, second by John Abler, to expend the funds first on modifications to the sign kiosk, then erosion control measures along the railroad bed, then any remaining funds to be allocated onto other park sites. Motion carried unanimously.
Fencing materials were purchased a few years ago. Man-power is needed for the installation.
The Sheriff's Dept is making a presence at the Park entrance.
Some members would like to someday see income generated from Park use.
The asphalt at the driveway to the upper parking lot is deteriorating.
A future project may be to extend an exit road from the upper parking lot to Kiekhaefer Parkway; thereby, creating one-way travel.
The Town has four benches. Council will attempt to coordinate concrete pours (with the Hermanns Park basketball court project) for two benches at the Scenic Overlook and two benches at the Kiekhaefer Park sledding hill and for the Silica Road Park sign.
The Eagle Scout project, consisting of installed benches, signage and landscaping, has been completed.
No projects to discuss.
FISHERMAN'S ROAD BOAT LAUNCH
The Town Board is poised to enter into a Lease Agreement with the Fisherman's Road Fishing Club for the operation and maintenance of the Launch.
The following workdays were planned:
May 3-five volunteers
The next meeting was planned for July 23, at 6:30 p.m.
New member, Tom Klamrowski, was introduced. The Town's park system should have a compensated, part-time superintendent.
Chairman Jewett declared the meeting adjourned at 7:53 p.m.
Brenda A. Schneider, Clerk
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