Park & Rec Committee
Wednesday, May 6 2015
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: at the Taycheedah Town Hall
1) Call to order.
2) Budget review.
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) Volunteer Workdays.
4) Next meeting.
5) Public Comments.
Brenda A. Schneider
PARK & REC ADVISORY COUNCIL
MAY 6, 2015
TAYCHEEDAH TOWN HALL
Present: Tom Klamrowski, Earl Jewett, John Rickert, Bob Roehrig, Dave Sehloff and Brenda Schneider.
1. Called to order. The meeting was called to order at 6:32 pm by Chairman Earl Jewett.
2. Budget review. The 2015 Budget allocations for parks are $3,500 for maintenance and projects; $800 for the dumpster; and, $250 for misc. expenses-all sites. The following expenses are expected:
• Hermanns Park-electricity and woodchips for the playground $1,000.
• Kiekhaefer Park-electricity $240.
o Estimated remaining funds-$2,260.
a. Hermanns Park maintenance and projects. The woodchips in the playground will be replenished in 2015.
b. Kiekhaefer Park maintenance and projects. Use of the Park for illegal activities, such as underage drinking, drugs and vandalism, has increased. The County Sheriff's Deputies have increased their presence at the Park over the past year. Town staff plans to research the installation of a surveillance system.
The park rules sign inside the kiosk is missing.
Fall erosion control work at the end of the railroad trail and at the steep area on the west trail was completed last fall. The excavated area is exposed clay that should be treated with grasses or woodchips for stabilization purposes.
The snowmobile trails were not used this past season due to poor snow conditions.
Earl Jewett has been pushing cut brush over the top edge of the steep slope by the observation deck. The brush is intended as a deterrent. Some park users try to scale the slope.
During the late winter, the Town crew placed 35 loads of woodchips on the railroad trail.
The Park Rec Plan, dated 1997, includes a Forestry Stewardship Plan. Chair Jewett met with Tom Vanden Elzen, DNR Forester, on April 30, 2015, to perform a survey of the Park. It is estimated that 40-50% of the trees are ash. It is advised that pre-emptive harvesting of ash trees be done prior to any decline caused by the Emerald Ash Borer, noting that EAB was recently discovered in the City of Fond du Lac. Mark Kirschling is interested in the harvest but he could not do the work until 2016.
Venden Elzen also recommended thinning the evergreen plantation, increasing the diversity of tree species by planting hickory nuts and acorns, remove female box elder, buckthorn and honeysuckle. He also suggested removing the woody plants from the prairie.
Committee discussed the Town's liability for volunteers cutting wood in the Park. The safety of other users during the work and the safety of the individual are of concern. The Town's insurance company will be contacted for an opinion.
Earl Jewett met with Dave Haase, John Bartow and a few members of the mountain biking group. Jewett expressed concern with ignoring signage, removing signs and creating trails. The basic message was that the trails need to be sustainable to the Park environment, compatible with other Park users and safe. Haase and Bartow plan to organize the mountain bikers. The group concurred that a select few of the users are causing the problems.
Committee acknowledged the need to again properly mark the biking trails and the need to re-install fencing due to the fact the wire was cut and the new bike trail was created thru private property. The Committee discussed closing the Park to mountain biking until such work is completed. Consensus was to allow the trails to remain open and make one more attempt to better mark the biking trails. Jewett will communicate the decision to Haase and Bartow. In the event there is no improvement in behavior, consideration will be made to close the Park to mountain biking.
The horseback riding community appears to be using the trails in a respectful manner. These trails also need to be remarked with signage.
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. Jewett would like to have the kiosk modified into two hinged 4 x 4 doors. Member will research the style used by the County and Dave Sehloff will research other possibilities.
The Holyland Snowflyers Snowmobile Club is expected to give a presentation to the Town Board on May 11th, regarding the use of the Park and the former Kiekhaefer Race Track for a vintage sled ride fund-raising event to be held next winter. If approved for the event, it is expected that the Club will be doing tree removal, brushing and grooming of the race track area.
Fencing materials were purchased several years ago. Man-power is needed for the installation.
c. Scenic Overlook maintenance and projects. There have been discussions regarding the construction of an exit road from the upper section to Kiekhaefer Parkway; thereby creating one-way travel. There has been no formal decision regarding this matter.
d. Gladstone Park maintenance and projects. Fishing at the Park has increased. The Sheriff's Officers patrol the area, especially on weekend evenings. No projects are planned at this time.
e. Deadwood Point Park maintenance and projects. This Park is primarily used by kiteboarders. The Town continues to struggle with zebra mussels obstructing the drainage ditch. No projects are planned at this time.
f. Volunteer Workdays. Dates are yet to be scheduled.
4. Next meeting. Wednesday, June 3, July 1 and August 5, at 6:30 p.m.
5. Public comment. None presented.
6. Adjournment. Chairman Jewett declared the meeting adjourned at 7:51 p.m.
Brenda A. Schneider, Clerk
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