OSCEOLA VALLEY SNO-GOERS
Board of Directors: Scott Carlson (2013), Eric Hallen (2013),
Dick Couch (2014) Bruce Johnson (2014)
President: Rick McGuiggan (2013)
Vice President: Eric Hallen(2014)
Secretaries Suzanne Wente& Roxanne Couch (2013)
Treasurer: Sheri Hoiby (2014)
Trail Boss West Gordy Jones (2013), Kirk Larson (2013),
Dresser trail: Roger Peterson, Bruce Johnson, Rick Leroux (2012)
Council Reps: Doug Kromrey, Greg Swanson
(Alternates: Dave Peterson, Arnold Wente, Roger Peterson)
Meeting date April 2, 2013
The Board of Directors met to discuss membership dues. We proposed that all dues will need to be paid to the treasurer by January first each year. If people join throughout the year they do not have to pay until January 1. The secretary will send out membership renewal letters each year by the end of October. This letter will have instructions on how to renew and to send their dues into the treasurer by January 1. Once the treasurer receives payment he/she will send a membership card to the paid member. Any member who dues are not received by January 1 will be removed from the current membership list.
Meeting was called to order by President Rick McGuiggan. Secretary’s report was read and approved. Treasurer’s report was read and approved. Treasurer also reported we have been reimbursed by the county $465.00 for crop damage we paid to landowners. Also reported that we did receive our membership information from the Lakes States Resource Alliance. If you want more information on what the Resource Alliance does to support snowmobiling you can check out their website at www.lakestatesreource.org. If you would like to contact them for any reason their e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greg Swanson reported that at the last meeting the council discussed buying a groomer tractor, it will be discussed further at the April 4, 2013 meeting. Reminder that that the groomer’s banquet is scheduled for April 18th at Crickets, 6:30 cocktails and 7:30 dinner. The council also discussed trail brushing in the county. There are some trails that are not properly cleared and brushed. The council decided that if there are sections of trails that are not properly brushed they will not be groomed. Greg also reported that at the AWSC Convention Doug Johnson was re-elected as the President. Reported that use of railroad beds for snowmobile trails were discussed at the convention and the Amery to Dresser trail will be discussed at the AWSC fall work shops to try again to get this as part of our trail system. The local police were happy with our trails and trail conditions. They reported to Greg that the only citations given this year were for non-registration. The MS ride raised $300,000. Doug Kromrey reported that at the AWSC convention the CAP/STEP program was discussed to continue to push for it to go through. The biggest roadblock is Governor Walker does not want to raise any fees. There were 20 snowmobile related deaths in 2012. This information is reported on the DNR website. Also discussed at the convention was GPS signing at intersections and have map coordinates printed on maps and posted on trails, this would help emergency personnel when accidents are reported. This will be discussed further at the Polk County Council meeting. Doug also attended a workshop to promote club membership. Only about 25% of snowmobiles registered in the state are by individuals who belong to a club. We need to continue to push our membership cards and the Discover Wisconsin video. The Summer AWSC directors meeting will be June 21st – 23rd in Wautoma, WI. Doug also got new cards printed and noted there were a few typos on the meeting place.
Andrew Kromrey reported the youth club is now under the county council – Youth Snowmobile club of Polk County. He also reported that they are waiting to hear back from Polaris and Ski-Doo about the possibility of a donation of a snowmobile for the youth club to raffle as a fund raiser. Eleven youth reps will be attending the Snowmobile Congress meetings at Green Bay in June 2013. The youth club now has 15 members. The youth club meets the 2nd Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Groomer’s shed in Balsam Lake.
Trail closing that was scheduled for April 6, 2013 has been cancelled due to snow and cold. Trail bosses can determine when they want to go out to remove signs and get other members to help them. We need to check at Petro Plus in Farmington about putting up snow fence around their drain field so sleds can’t ride over it and cause damage. When working on removing signs please keep track if you need additional signs and if you need new land owners signs. Also turn in any hours worked into your trail boss. Safety reminder for riders to be careful on the trails around the schools. It was reported that kids use this as a walking path. Trail bosses will hand out the drink tickets to our land owners at the dinner. Dick Hoppe reported that he will order the signs for the Niedermier bridge. The guy that does them is currently out of town.
The proposal for the new policy on paying membership dues was presented to the club by the Board of Directors.
Discussed land owners dinner, agreed to provide Chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy from KFC and club members are asked to bring a dish to pass. Dinner is April 13, 2013 at Potting’s Bar, 6:00 p.m. is cocktail hour, dinner at 7:00 p.m.
Our picnic tables at the shelter need work. It was decided that we would re-do them when we bring them into town for the fair. The idea was brought up that we would have the youth club do the work and the club will make a donation.
Next meeting will be held on May 7th, 2013 7:30 p.m. at Sue’s Bar & Grill
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