Park & Rec Advisory Council
Tuesday, November 25 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
NOVEMBER 25, 2014
TAYCHEEDAH TOWN HALL
Present: Jim Bertram, Tom Klamrowski, Earl Jewett, John Rickert, Bob Roehrig and Brenda Schneider.
The meeting was called to order at 6:33 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 project was completed during the year. Total cost was $20,361.00.
Also completed early in the year was the extension of electricity into the Park for the flagpole light. This project was a result of a donation from the Adolph Schneider Memorial Fund.
The sled hill lights were vandalized last fall. An insurance claim for $1,734.35 was filed and received. It was recently brought to the Town's attention that the parking lot light was again shot-out. Thome Electric is in the process of doing the repair. The Council again discussed installing surveillance cameras. Further research is needed.
Excavating work for erosion control purposes has been completed at the east end of the railroad bed trail and at the west trail/old snowmobile trail. Bud's Soils & Landscaping did the work. The excavated area will need to be seeded or covered with woodchips next spring.
The sign kiosk has been vandalized by paint on more than one occasion; and it is suffering sun damage. The lexan glass needs to be replaced at an estimate of $230.00. It is planned to use the north side of the kiosk for posting information.
Little has been accomplished with removal of invasive species, with the exception of garlic mustard. More manpower is needed.
A burn of the prairie was not accomplished. Chair Jewett will contact the DNR to see if there is assistance available thru the Department.
The Snowmobile Club agreed to do some seeding along the new trail they created in order to control the establishment of new invasive plants. This work is yet to be completed. Lack of vegetation has promoted erosion on the steep slope.
Fencing materials were purchased a few years ago. Man-power is needed for the installation. This may be a future Eagle Scout Project.
Abe Giebel developed and installed a 12 station geocaching course throughout the Park as an Eagle Scout Project.
Ehtan Condo installed four benches, two at the south side of the sledding hill and two at the east side, as an Eagle Scout Project. The locations were selected by Chair Jewett based upon polling Council members.
Another scout was expected to update trail signage as an Eagle Scout Project. The project did not happen.
Ski trail grooming is planned for the upcoming winter season.
The Council discussed inappropriate use of the Park. There have been problems with horseback riding and mountain bike riding during wet soil conditions. These users are ignoring the trails closed sign. Also, users have removed approximately 75% of the bridle trail markers.
Members discussed adopting a policy to ban mountain bikers. The consensus was to replace signage and trail markers and monitor behavior during 2015. In the event there is no improvement in behavior, consider closing the Park to certain uses.
The asphalt at the driveway to the upper parking lot is deteriorating. There are no plans to repair it in the near future.
A future project may be to extend an exit road from the upper parking lot to Kiekhaefer Parkway; thereby, creating one-way travel.
The Eagle Scout project, consisting of installed benches, signage and landscaping, has been completed. The neighbors were not comfortable with late night use of the Park. The Sheriff's Dept was ask to patrol the area, especially on the weekends.
No projects planned at this time. The accumulation of zebra mussels at the mouth of the drainage ditch will continue to be a problem.
FISHERMAN'S ROAD BOAT LAUNCH
In May, the Town Board entered into a Lease Agreement with the Fisherman's Road Fishing Club for the operation and maintenance of the Launch.
• Installation of the perimeter fence.
• Replace trail markers.
• Recruit manpower for invasive species control.
• Emerald Ash Borer.
Council discussed developing a professional Forest Management Plan. Chair Jewett will attempt to contact a professional forester.
The 2015 budget allocation for parks is $3,000 for Kiekhaefer Park and $500 for Hermanns Park.
NEW COUNCIL CHAIRMAN
Earl Jewett would welcome new leadership. He plans to continue to provide maintenance and operation assistance.
Chairman Jewett declared the meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m.
Brenda A. Schneider, Clerk
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