VICTOR HIKING TRAILS
MEETING AT VICTOR TOWN HALL
October 18, 2018
ATTENDANCE: Dave Wright, Jeff Hennick, Carol MacInnes, Lisa Roberts, Chauncy Young, Suzy Mandrino, Ruth Rugaber, Denni Harbaugh
Meeting was called to order at 7:03 pm by Dave
Motion to approve the September minutes by Suzy, seconded by Chauncy – Approved.
TREASURER’S REPORT: Ruth Rugaber
Assets as of September 30, 2018:
Ruth reimbursed Chauncy for some purchases he made over the summer.
Many membership renewals were received last month.
American Hiking Society Membership was renewed.
Denni made a motion to approve the financials, Jeff seconded - Approved.
MEMBERSHIP: Denni Harbaugh
Membership is at 234 with 74 due to renew.
Meetup is at 907, up from 896 members.
PUBLICITY & NEWSLETTER: Dave Wright
The fall newsletter was published, it included photos from the challenge hike.
The phone message contains information about the Auburn Trail mural dedication, Dave will replace that with the November hike information when the dedication is complete.
Next newsletter is due December 21st.
EDUCATION: Ralph Weber, absent
Denni will look into doing a star gazing at the Ionia Observatory.
VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR: Suzy Mandrino
All 14 participants in the challenge hike completed the entire hike, or arranged their own sag, so the sag wagon wasn’t needed.
The Victor Town Wellness Committee’s wellness fair for Town employees is on Tuesday, October 30th from 8:30-11:30 at the Victor Town Hall. Three people have volunteered.
The volunteer appreciation dinner will be held on Wednesday, October 24th at Finn’s Tap Room, beginning at 6:00 for socializing and dinner at 6:30.
There is a club day scheduled at EMS by Green Spark Solar on Sunday December 2nd from noon-2:00. Dave will attend for VHT.
TRAILMASTER: Carol MacInnes
Carol has been working on the Royal View trail. The Vargulick family has agreed to sign a revocable permit. The Yeardon family signed a revocable permit and gave it to Carol. The Ramseys’ did not agree to a revocable permit due to hikers from Powder Mill Park entering their property and leaving trash multiple times. Once the Vargulick family signs a revocable permit there will be passable trail to the property line of the Vargulick/Ramsey family.
Discussion regarding a cut through to the Auburn Trail from Victor Heights Parkway continued. Jeff found a trail easement already exists as of 1992. The location is a little east of the New Scale property. It is for foot traffic only.
TRAIL BOSS: Chauncy Young
Ethan Davis will build a boardwalk and add ramps to a bridge in 100 Acre Woods, rather than complete a project in Ganondagan.
Work on the new trail location for the Auburn Trail between the Fish Creek Bridge and the Break of Day Road parking lot has begun. A bench cut ramp will need to be installed to get downhill now that the trail will be located further north on the side of the railbed.
Kevin Holtz has agreed to help grind stumps in the area that is being cleared.
The Southgate Hills developer has put down crushed stone to the east of the Fish Creek Bridge. The large stones will need to be compacted and smaller stones laid on the surface.
Chauncy will have some repair work done on all 3 Billy Goat mowers and then winterize them.
The October hike had 5 people attend. They started from the Ontario County Park Jumpoff. The hike was 5 miles long, along some of the new trails developed by GROC. There was slight rain at the beginning and end, but not during the whole hike.
Jeff has been working on gathering a list of VHT property easements and has added them to the VHT web site. Blue trails are easements that have been registered with Ontario County. Conservation easement are marked in light blue. Jeff has found out that Ontario County is in the process of putting easements in the ONCOR system, which will save him researching individual records on file with the county.
Chauncy has gathered data on volunteer hours and shared that with the group. He asked board members to add their approximate hours spent on VHT work.
The offered property donation for a new Auburn Trail parking lot is located in the town of Pittsford. The owner was referred to the town of Pittsford.
Dave sent out an email announcing the dedication and mural ribbon cutting ceremony for the Auburn Trail mural between Main Street Fishers and Fishers Road.
Latest issue of Backpacker was received
A thank you card to VHT board members was received from the Seneca Trail Unlimited Breadsticks Trail Race organizer. He would also like to schedule a trail work day for their members to assist VHT with a project.
A thank you card to Denni was received for submitting a letter of support to the GV Greenway in their pursuit of a grant.
Lisa shared the dates of the National Trails Symposium. Next year’s event will be in Syracuse April 28 – May 1st, 2019.
Lisa shared info on e-bikes gained from the New York State Bike Summit. E-bikes are the fastest growing segment of bicycle sales. New York City now allows Class I e-bikes on their roads and trails.
Chauncy will enroll in chainsaw safety training, cost of $25.
Bring suggestions for possible hikes for July – December 2019 to next month’s meeting.
Jeff would like us to apply for National Recreation Trail designation, possibly with neighboring towns. Land with a revocable permit is not permitted to be included. The Lehigh trail meets the requirements.
Ontario Pathways newsletter was received. Their annual pumpkin walk will be held again.
The slate of VHT officers for 2019 will be voted on at the November meeting.
Nov 10th at Abraham Lincoln Park. Meet in the overflow parking lot for the YMCA, or meet at the Victor Town Hall to carpool from Victor at 9am
2018 VHT HIKES:
Nov 10th - Abraham Lincoln Park
Dec 8th - Dryer Road Park
Fishers Fire Station 1, 7853 Main Street, Fishers. NY 14453. Chauncy Y. 455-1932.
Nov 24th - 8 am Moderate 5 mile hike. Fishers Park, Victor. Meet in the parking lot by the tennis courts on Wangum Road (County Road 42) near Main Street, Fishers. Dave W. 752-8313.
Dec 16th - 8 am Strenuous, hilly 7-8 mile hike. Seneca Trail/Crescent Trails. Meet at Kreag Road Park, 555 Kreag Road, Pittsford and carpool to Valentown Hall on High Street, Victor. Hike to Keag Road Park. Chauncy Y. 455-1932.
Dec 22nd - 9 am Moderate 6 mile hike. Seneca Trail North, Victor. Meet at the Bed, Bath and Beyond parking lot, 20 Square Drive, Victor- across from Eastview Mall. Dave W. 752-8313.
The next regular meeting will be on Thursday, November 15th 2018, 7:00 p.m. at Victor Town Hall.
Meeting adjourned at 8:32 pm.
Respectfully submitted by Lisa Roberts