Park & Rec Advisory Council
Thursday, October 6 2016
TIME: 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: at the Taycheedah Town Hall
1) Call to order.
2) Approve minutes of the 7/28/16 meeting.
3) Financial review.
• 2016 Budget.
• Planned expenses.
• 2017 Budget.
a) Astronomical observatory.
b) Deadwood Point Park maintenance and projects.
c) Gladstone Park maintenance and projects.
d) Hermanns Park maintenance and projects.
e) Kiekhaefer Park maintenance and projects.
• Surveillance camera.
• Thinning ash trees.
f) Scenic Overlook maintenance and projects.
g) Schedule volunteer workdays.
h) Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan and map update.
5) Schedule next meeting.
6) Public comments.
Brenda A. Schneider
PARK & REC ADVISORY COUNCIL
October 6, 2016
TAYCHEEDAH TOWN HALL
Members present: John Abler, Jim Bertram, Amy Huempfner, Dale Driscoll and Brenda Schneider.
1. Called to order. The meeting was called to order by Chair Abler at 6:00 p.m.
2. Approve the minutes of the 7/28/16 meeting. Motion by Jim Bertram, second by Dale Driscoll, to approve the minutes of the 7/28/16 meeting. Motion carried unanimously.
3. Financial review.
o 2016 Budget. The balance of the 2016 Parks Budget allocation is $517.78.
o Planned expenses. The 2016 actual/projected expenses total $6,656.27. At this point, anticipated expenses for the remainder of the year include electricity for Kiekhaefer Park and Hermanns Park and the monthly dumpster fees. Chair Abler proposes to purchase a utility trailer for $350.00 and the necessary parts to fix the snowmobile ski.
o 2017 Budget. Possible projects include the installation fiber optic cable to be used with a surveillance system, clearing trees in the Scenic Overlook and a driveway extension from the upper level of the Scenic Overlook to Kiekhaefer Parkway.
a. Astronomical observatory. Bill Casper, Ellen Balthazor, and other interested citizens were in attendance. The group refers to themselves as the Star-viewing Committee. The Committee presented the following requests:
i. That permission be granted to hold a star-viewing session at the Silica Road site on Friday, November 4th from 6-10:30 pm.
ii. That the area be mowed.
iii. That cars be allowed to enter at the east gate to unload supplies and equipment.
iv. That, in the event of inclement weather, the group be allowed to use the Town Hall from 6:30 to 9:00 for educational and recruitment purposes.
v. That the Town Parks Committee accept donations for star-viewing related purposes.
In response to their requests, the Park closes at 10:00 pm, the Town Hall is unavailable on November 4th due to election preparations, the Town will attempt to rough-cut the area, the gate cannot be open due to DNR regulations regarding the brush site, and the Town can accept donations on their behalf.
There was discussion regarding the possible building of a structure on or near the former dump site. Sally Hronek, DNR, would be willing to meet with the Town Board and the group to discuss the requirements involved with matter.
b. Deadwood Point Park maintenance and projects. No discussion.
c. Gladstone Park maintenance and projects. No discussion.
d. Hermanns Park maintenance and projects. Jerry Kraus has picked-up the two 6-foot benches to be installed by the basketball court. Benches are identical to the ones by the playground. He also found two or three donated bicycle racks. Mr. Kraus is taking the lead on installing the benches.
e. Kiekhaefer Park maintenance and projects.
Disc golf. Mike Matteson, representing Fond du Lac Disc Club, presented the Club's desire to establish a pay-to-play course in the Park. The Park's wooded areas and open spaces are unique to the area. The course would have the potential to generate substantial revenue for park projects. A similar course in Madison nets $100,000+ per year.
The City of Fond du Lac has offered some land on Cty. K. This land would not be as exciting as Kiekhaefer Park. The City has four or five courses that are flat and uninteresting.
The Club has collected approximately $13,000 in donations. The Club would purchase, install and maintain the necessary equipment. They need a non-profit to accept and hold the donated funds. The City is currently holding the funds.
Representatives of the Club, accompanied by a couple of designers, plan to tour the Park this weekend. Their goal is to design a course with minimal impact to the existing trees and the Park itself.
Mike added that vandalism decreases with disc golf course activities.
Further questions that would need to be answered relating to parking needs, winter equipment removal and storage of equipment.
Snowmobile trail. The east access via Lakeview Road has been abandoned. This access needs to be posted as a 'private trail' so that St. Peter residents can continue to use it.
Pine grove. The tree stumps will be removed in late October by Abler's Tree Service.
SnoBol. The Holyland Snowflyers are planning the event for February 4th.
Ash thinning. Mark Kirschling will be contacted regarding this project.
f. Scenic Overlook maintenance and projects. The Overlook needs a covered garbage can. For 2017 project information, refer to Item #3, Financial review.
g. Volunteer Workdays. No discussion.
h. Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan and map update. East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning has allocated assistance in 2016 for these projects. East Central will be asked to postpone this project to 2017.
5. Schedule next meeting. Yet to be determined.
6. Public comment. None presented.
7. Adjournment. Motion by John Abler, second by Dale Driscoll, to adjourn the meeting at 7:27 p.m. Motion carried unanimously.
Brenda A. Schneider, Clerk
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