Park & Rec Committee Meeting
Wednesday, July 8 2015
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: at the Taycheedah Town Hall
1) Call to order.
2) Budget review.
a) Deadwood Point Park maintenance and projects.
b) Gladstone Park maintenance and projects.
c) Hermanns Park maintenance and projects.
d) Kiekhaefer Park maintenance and projects.
e) Scenic Overlook maintenance and projects.
f) Volunteer Workdays.
4) Next meeting.
5) Public Comments.
Brenda A. Schneider
PARK & REC ADVISORY COUNCIL
JULY 8, 2015
TAYCHEEDAH TOWN HALL
Present: John Abler, Jim Bertram, John Rickert, Bob Roehrig, Dave Sehloff and Brenda Schneider.
1. Called to order. The meeting was called to order at 6:36 pm by Secretary Brenda Schneider.
Chairman Earl Jewett has formally resigned as Chair of the Council. Secretary Schneider opened the floor for nominations of Chair. Motion by Jim Bertram, second by Bob Roehrig, to select John Abler as Council Chair. Motion by Jim Bertram, second by Bob Roehrig, to close nominations and cast a unanimous ballot for John Abler as Chair. Motion carried.
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--$1,000-electricity and woodchips for the playground.
• Kiekhaefer Park--$200-electricity.
o Estimated remaining funds-$750.54 (net of actual and estimated expenses).
a. Deadwood Point Park maintenance and projects. The Park is primarily used by kiteboarders. The Town continues to struggle with zebra mussels obstructing the drainage ditch. The zebra mussels will again be removed in the next few weeks. No other projects are planned at this time.
b. Gladstone Park maintenance and projects. Fishing at the Park continues to increase. A section of Blue Gill Drive is in the process of being reconstructed. The project will be finished this summer. No projects within the Park are planned at this time.
c. Hermanns Park maintenance and projects. The woodchips in the playground will be replenished in 2015.
The Lakeshore Elementary parent/teacher organization constructed a Little Free Library to be installed at the Park. The wood structure needs to be treated or painted before installation. Chair Abler will attempt treating it with a sealer.
Committee suggested a few boulders be placed along the parking area to prevent driving on the lawn. It is unknown if the Town will place the stones.
d. Kiekhaefer Park maintenance and projects. The emerald ash borer is likely to impact the Park in approximately 10 years. Jewett verbally contacted Mark Kirschling regarding the harvesting of ash trees and possibly the thinning of the pine plantation during the 2016 season. The Council will pursue Kirschling for a written commitment.
The Town recently purchased a new mower for trail maintenance. John Abler and Bob Roehrig will assist with mowing. Also, there are several trail markers and signs in the cold storage building. It was noted that horseback riders are not using the marked trails. Use of the appropriate trails needs to be communicated to the riders.
In April, 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 unauthorized trails. The primary message was that the trails need to be sustainable to the Park environment, compatible with other Park users and be safe.
Haase and Bartow planned to organize a meeting with the mountain biking community. Jewett never received communication as to the date of said meeting, nor to follow-up requests for a status report.
It was noted that certain bikers continue to create unauthorized trails and ignore trail closure signs.
Per Committee consensus, Jewett attempted to re-connect with Haase, Bartow and a few others involved with the biking community. The group was directed to respond by July 1; noting failure to do so may result in the closing of the biking trails. After considerable discussion, motion by Dave Sehloff, second by Jim Bertram, to recommend the Town Board pass a temporary closure of Kiekhaefer Park to mountain biking activity. Motion carried unanimously.
The Council recognized Earl Jewett's knowledge of and dedication to the control of invasive weeds. Chair Abler will ask Jewett to continue his valiant efforts.
Dave Sehloff and his son will discuss possible re-designs of the sign kiosk.
Jim Bertram will speak to the Holyland Snowflyers Club regarding their obligation to seed the snowmobile trail extension they created a few years ago and to remind them to seed the bare area on the race track.
The Town Board approved Holyland Snowflyers Snowmobile Club's request to use the Park and the former Kiekhaefer Race Track for a vintage sled ride fund-raising event to be held January 30th. The intent of the Club is not to use the track beyond the date of the Club's event. The Club has discussed installing a perimeter fence to deter use of the track by others. It was noted that the Club has yet to provide the Town with a Certificate of Insurance. Jim Bertram will remind the Club of the requirement to submit the Certificate.
The Council discussed the idea of establishing a Park Patrol. The purpose of the Patrol would be to create a presence. The expected outcome of the Patrol would be to deter illegal activity and other general undesirable and disrespectful uses in the Park. John Abler volunteered his time for this project. If approved, he would ask for support and assistance from the County Sheriff's Dept. Motion by Dave Sehloff, second Bob Roehrig, to recommend the Town Board authorize the formation of the Park Patrol, and to authorize the use of motor vehicles for this effort. Motion carried unanimously.
Bob Roehrig departed at this time.
e. Scenic Overlook maintenance and projects. No projects are planning at this time.
f. Volunteer Workdays. No workdays were scheduled.
4. Next meeting. Wednesday, August 5, at 6:30 p.m.
5. Public comment. None presented.
6. Adjournment. Motion by Dave Sehloff, second by John Rickert, to adjourn the meeting at 7:45 p.m. Motion carried unanimously.
Brenda A. Schneider, Clerk
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