Park & Rec Advisory Council
Wednesday, September 2 2015
TIME: 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Taycheedah Town Hall
1) Call to order.
2) Approve minutes of the 7/8/15 meeting.
3) 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) Schedule volunteer workdays.
5) Schedule next meeting.
6) Public comments.
Brenda A. Schneider
PARK & REC ADVISORY COUNCIL
SEPTEMBER 2, 2015
TAYCHEEDAH TOWN HALL
Present: John Abler, Earl Jewett, John Rickert, Bob Roehrig, Dave Sehloff and Brenda Schneider. Also present was Mark Kirschling.
1. Called to order. The meeting was called to order by Chair Abler at 6:08 p.m.
2. Approve the minutes of the 7/8/15 meeting. Motion by Dave Sehloff, second by Bob Roehrig, to approve the minutes of the 7/8/15 meeting. Motion carried unanimously.
3. 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-$580.76 (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 build-up of zebra mussels was again removed recently. No 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 within the next couple of weeks. No projects within the Park are planned at this time.
c. Hermanns Park maintenance and projects. The woodchips in the playground have been replenished. The Town has yet to receive the bill. The cost is estimated to be $500.
Mr. Roehrig reported that Jerry Kraus has volunteered to trim the bushes. The Council agreed to accept the offer. Bob will notify Mr. Kraus.
It is expected that the Little Free Library will be installed soon.
d. Kiekhaefer Park maintenance and projects. Chair Abler reported that he has spent nearly 22 hours in the Park on patrol in recent weeks, noting that four hours were spent clearing trails. He has widened the trail from the burn site to the bridge. Bob Roehrig will widen the entrance on the east side.
Abler reported 19 contacts with individuals or groups. He has issued five verbal warnings. Trevor Driscoll has volunteered to assist with Park Patrol efforts. Abler reported that the Sheriff's Department Officers have noted a decrease in users.
Abler reported finding numerous tree limbs tossed across the creek approximately 25-feet away from one of the bridges. Abler will enlist Sabel's assistance.
Earl Jewett reported mowing some of the trails. He noted the new mower is doing a better job.
Mark Kirschling recommended thinning the pine plantation, begin removing ash trees and plant other species. Kirschling will present a contractual agreement to the Town Board for the pine thinning to be completed this fall. He will remove the box elder and ash in plantation when he does the thinning.
The trail thru the pine plantation is hard to find after daylight. Council discussed marking some of the trees with paint.
Council suggested the snowmobile club meet with the Council to discuss their fencing plan for their event. It was noted that the bare area on the track is still not seeded.
Bikers and horseback riders are typically banned from the Park during wet conditions. Earl Jewett has been posting signs and notices on a website. He requested wet conditions closings become a joint decision. Abler noted that he has noticed the most damage to trail conditions is caused by horses. Council will order a couple more trails closed signs.
Dave Sehloff and his son are developing a re-design of the sign kiosk. The cost of the project is unknown at this time.
e. Scenic Overlook maintenance and projects. There is a desire to clear more trees and brush and to extend the upper driveway to Kiekhaefer Parkway. Timing of these projects is unknown.
f. Volunteer Workdays. A workday was scheduled for Saturday, October 3rd, at 9:00 a.m.
5. Next meeting. None was scheduled.
6. Public comment. Future project: Park Plan update.
7. Adjournment. Motion by Dave Sehloff, second by John Abler, to adjourn the meeting at 7:37 p.m. Motion carried unanimously.
Brenda A. Schneider, Clerk
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