Thursday, May 3, 2012
2. Roll Call:
A. In attendance were: Mike Sarton, John DeBaere, Alice Winn, Dawn
Schiefelbein, Judy Buldak, and Gary Goebel. Lynn Wesolek was absent.
3. Agenda Approval:
Motion carries 5-0-0.
A. Minutes not approved; John DeBaere says he still is not receiving them. Email
address has been verified again. Minutes given to John will be read then
approved at next meeting.
Discussion and display of items from Duck Lake Trail Also see Item 6D below.
Townships mows the Duck Lake Nature Trail and Merle thinks this is on the schedule for the near future. He will check with Randy.
seem to go that far as a destination.
with holes to dig and getting benches there due to size and weight.
Original benches have been there for approximately 10 years; may be
appear to be there. Signs, trail markers were put in last Fall.
Area discussed is privately owned; limited parking; private road and
easements. Will have to check possibilities.
It is a pier used as a boardwalk given by and installed by the town.
Someone will be checking with Scott S. to see if he still is available
rustic? Will be discussed after meeting at Duck Lake Nature Trail.
Footbridge is there to break up possible motorized vehicle traffic.
Gene Decker – tree donation
A. Man hour log passed around to members to fill in their volunteer hours.
B. Tree dedication plaque for the late Bill Andrew may not be complete.
Need pole for plaque placement?
John DeBaere met with John Packard to view and walk the property with a laser. 90% of elderberry appears to be dead at top. Did not go forward to Planning Commission since more information needed regarding parking spots, restrictions regarding road drop, materials needed,
planned. Culvert would have to be put in. Due to cost factors involved in placing these parking spots, materials exceeding $4000.00 may
mean this may be cost prohibitive. May need to plan
differently. May need path and bench only and take care of water drainage
As John DeBaere was at park cutting, measuring, etc. he was approached by local residents who said they would not be happy with parking spots.
If we decide no parking spots, may put in benches if approved by Planning
Commission. Not sure how many benches, bridge, etc.? Needs more planning
and discussion before going back to the Planning Commission for a variance.. Also DNR as needs to see what we are planning first.
We still have questions about stream design, permit etc.
Per John we should put this on hold for now. He is cutting front area which is accessible with his mower. May need help to get a brush hog for rest.
Mike suggested doing this in phases due to finances. Plan was to put up placards and ask for help from Boy Scouts as a project.
Motion made by John not to go forward to Planning Commission at this time.. Second by Mike. 5-0-0.
Motion made by John suspend activity on
Planning Commission until preliminary stream work and more research is done. Second by Dawn. 5-0-0.
Dawn and Lynn looking into the Community Outreach grant process. State pays 50% . Our budget was cut 66% to be used between 3 parks. Do we have stream remediation money? Volunteers for projects?
6. D. Duck Lake Nature Trail Plans and Walk – also see above Public Comment
A. Alice Brockman brought items from the trail and gave us some insight, She is picking up any debris she can carry as she walks or rides the trail.
C. Any dead trees are chopped down by the township.
D. John Packard has been contacted and will be coming to help us with the walk and post hole digging. We need to dig at least 4 holes and put in sakrete.
E. Gene Decker offered a post hole digger.
F. Someone is calling
Randy for help to install or haul items.
G. Last fall 5 gal buckets of concrete with pipe and metal holders were used.
H. Per Mike, letter was sent earlier by Alice Brockman with regards to Duck Lake Nature Trail and it’s maintenance and recommending the boardwalk be extended 75 feet on west end. Mike to ask Scott if we can repair existing
Boardwalk? Original design was narrow and had to pass state inspection
And allow wildlife to pass under..
I. Alice Brockman invited to our meeting at Duck Lake Nature Trail on
Thursday, May 17th at 6:00pm to find markers, etc.
. A. Treasurer’s report.
Approximate budget $4000.00.
Per Merle Approximately $22,000 in non lapsing budget for land
Gene Decker commented Fun Fest has donated approximately 50,000
In 4 years... 50% for use in fire and emergency services and
Approximately $12,000 or 25% for parks. Will have to check with Merle
and Debbie Kirch to see how it is broken down for groups.
Mike to ask Treasurer for more information. Have expenditures been
A little difficult to understand will ask for help at next meeting.
A. Not sure.