January 17, 2012 Meeting Minutes
Decorah Human Powered Trails
Cooper’s Pub—The Oaks
7:05 p.m. Meeting Called to order by Pres. Jesse Reyerson.
Benji Nichols (arrived later)
Kirk Johnson, recording officer
Election of officers for 2012
President, Pete Blodgett
Vice President, Jeff O’Gara
Secetary/Treasurer, Kirk Johnson
We have approximately $700 in the checkbook at Park and Rec, plus another $280 in Petty Cash.
Outstanding bills: We owe Lee Hackman $50 for candy purchased for the parade last summer.
La Crosse, Wis., Human Powered Trails
Deke Gosen and Kirk Johnson gave a brief update on the La Crosse Wisconsin Human Powered Trails issue, as they had attended a public hearing in La Crosse a week ago to in support of the La Crosse trails group. In a nutshell: The city council there had briefly considered the possibility of selling off the land (for housing development) where the La Crosse HPTrails are located. Public interest in keeping this land undeveloped and adopting the land into the official park system prevailed. The La Crosse organization did a very fine job of positively educating and informing the public and presented petitions with a few thousand signatures supporting the park designation. Deke and Kirk both spoke at the public hearing along with a dozen other local supporters. The park designation (saving the trails!) passed unanimously at the next full council meeting following the public hearing.
There was a long discussion about the Website (cost: $13.75/month; Jesse Reyerson has been paying this fee out of his own pocket since the site was founded). Jesse suggested we look at a GoDaddy.com site? Another suggestion was to perhaps get rid of the site and associated costs altogether and simply use the Blog (which is free) There were a number of ideas put forth. The blog is the place where most of the updated information is posted. The website is static, or at least has been the same for a long time. It was suggested by a number of people that the Blog needs more entries on a more regular basis. Jesse could set up more author access for the DHPT group so that there is more frequent updates and interesting things going onto the Blog.
It was determined to ask Jesse Reyerson to look into the Web issues and make a recommendation to the group at the next meeting as to the most sensible way to transition the management of the Website and Blog.
2012 DHPT Tasks
Justin Gullekson, John Wilmes and Troy Whitehill have volunteered to take over the Sponsorship Fundraising Drive for the year. Jeff O’Gara will meet with the group and provide them with the information and materials they need to raise the funds from renewing sponsors.
Jim Tripp has expressed interest in maintaining the trail maintenance position. There are a few others who are also interested in the paid position. It was determined to keep Jim Tripp in the position due to good performance of those duties last year. It was suggested that the group help Jim a little more with some of the larger projects following Winter and Summer/Fall wind storms when trails become blocked with fallen trees and branches.
Decorah Time Trials
Deke volunteered to continue as race director for the Annual Time Trials.
Date: Sunday, April 29, 2012
McCaffrey’s Dolce Vita would like to host the evening festivities again and are requesting a date to line up entertainment etc… Eric Sovern (unable to attend the meeting) was called at home and the date was set for Dirt Burger 2012.
Date: Fri.-Sun., June 8-10, 2012
Night Shift Night Race
Deke suggested that we need more help with the 2012 night race. There was also a suggestion to move the date up a month in order to capitalize on warmer Fall weather and the likelihood of better trail conditions. Dates for Platteville’s Blockhouse Roll were taken into consideration… and it is likely that event will be moved into the summer months. It was decided by the group to move the Night Shift night race up to TWO WEEKS Following the Chequamegon Fat Tire 40, for the foreseeable future.
Date: Saturday, September 29, 2012
Iowa Bike Summit
Iowa Bike Summit in Des Moines is Jan. 27-29
Benji Nichols and Ward and Jacki Budweg will attend and represent DHPT
Winn. Co. Tourism will provide the booth and two hotel rooms for the event.
Gasoline costs will be reimbursed.
Jesse Reyerson will provide a Trail Map and Events Schedule (printed) for the reps to hand out to participants.
It was noted that the maps at ExploreDecorah.com get 200 hits per week.
There was some discussion about what to display at the Summit: Bring a screen display of Mountain biking footage…. Paired with the IPTV show “Iowa’s Simple Pleasures” that featured Decorah’s trails last year.
It was suggested that a Fat Bike/Moonlander be brought along to attract some attention to the booth.
Pugsley World Championships
The Second Annual Pugsley World Championships (PWC II!) will be held Saturday, February, 25, 2012.
There was some discussion about the closure of last year’s course to Snowmobiles (and horses) through the DNR’s public lands near Cardinal Marsh, making it impossible to run the race from Howard County near Cresco, through Ridgeway to Decorah. An alternative route (Loop starting and finishing at the same place is being considered for 2012. The alternatives include getting permission to use parts of the Trout Run Trail and using our Decorah Human Powered Trails as well. There was lots of discussion about trail conditions… snow… no snow… warm weather/mud gravel roads etc… There was concern that as a World Championship event, that the course needed to be Great! It was decided to allow the race director to consult with others and determine the course a week ahead of time (When weather and the extended forecast can give us an indication of the best possible route to create), and announce the course officially at Frostbike (Quality Bike Parts annual product show in the Twin Cities) Feb. 17-19th, 2012.
Submitted by Kirk Johnson, recording secretary and treasurer