VICTOR HIKING TRAILS
MEETING AT VICTOR TOWN HALL
August 16, 2018
Meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by Dave
Wes Pettee from LaBella Associates Engineering Firm. Wes is also a Farmington resident with three children in the Victor Central School District. LaBella is the firm working on the sanitary sewer project for the Town of Victor. He provided an update about the replacement pump station to be installed on the Seneca Trail located at the west side of the intersection of High St. & Valentown Road. The pump station will be 22x22 feet and 10 feet high, but it will sit below grade. Fred Rinaldi, the owner of the property, is proposing a slight realignment of the trail and a more formal trailhead sign be placed there. He is happy to provide a trail easement for the trail. Dave requested the new trail be put in with a bulldozer and not have too steep a grade, and the addition of identified parking spots for the trail with a posted sign. Chauncy proposed that the rest of the trail along the creek in that location could also be cleared at the same time, to help VHT maintain the trail in the future, if Fred Rinaldi agrees. Dave also discussed the need for a pedestrian striped crosswalk and push button for the signal light on the road leading to the restaurants.
Motion to approve the July minutes by Carol, seconded by Denni – Approved.
TREASURER’S REPORT: Ruth Rugaber, absent
Chauncy handed out the financial summary:
Assets as of July 30, 2018:
Received a $1000 donation from Traveler’s Insurance.
Funds earned from memberships is down from a year ago due to a decrease in large donations, but there has been a corresponding increase in individual memberships.
Dave received paperwork to join the American Hiking Society. Chauncy made a motion to renew and Jeff seconded, approved.
Carol made a motion to approve the financials, Joyce seconded - Approved.
MEMBERSHIP: Denni Harbaugh
Membership is at 245 with 85 due to renew.
Meetup is at 877 up from 863 members. 42% of Meetup members have attended at least one event.
PUBLICITY & NEWSLETTER: Dave Wright
Dave sent out the announcement for the September Bare Hill hike on Sept 1st.
Next newsletter is due September 21st.
Paper copies of the last newsletter were printed and mailed to those without email access.
EDUCATION: Ralph Weber, absent
Jeff Miler suggested edible plants as a topic for a potential hike.
VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR: Suzy Mandrino
July Ontario County Fair booth was done by Suzy, Chauncy & Jeff Hennick. They shared space with LL Bean. It was a successful day.
Suzy sent out a request for volunteers for the Twisted Branch Trail Run aid station on Saturday, August 18th. The run organizer also recruited volunteers and 16 total people responded.
Farmington Family Fest setup is 10:30 Saturday the 18th; the event runs until 4:00.
LL Bean will do the guided hike at the Victor Parks & Rec campout the evening of the 18th.
Suzy will send out information and requests for help about the September events in the near future.
Lorraine Frelier sent out information about the Ionia Fall festival, which is Saturday September 15th, the same date as Kettle Fest, which VHT will be attending.
Dave received an invite from the Victor Town Wellness Committee to participate in the wellness fair for Town employees on Tuesday, October 30th from 8:30-11:30 at the Victor Town Hall.
TRAILMASTER: Carol MacInnes
Carol looked into continuing the Royal View Trail, to connect to the Auburn Trail or Powder Mill Park. There are numerous land owners that would have to give permission to allow access to their property. Carol will speak to landowners and continue looking at options.
Discussion regarding a cut through to the Auburn Trail from Victor Heights Parkway continued. The landowner is not the owner of the business that is in the building. Carol will ask the tenants if they will grant an easement.
Chauncy discussed how to make the connection on the Auburn trail from the parking lot on Break of Day Road to the Heltz.bridge with Brian Emelson. Chauncy would like to approach the land owners at the corner of Break of Day and East Victor Roads regarding an easement. Locating the trail on the property line would eliminate the current routing of the trail across the stream that drains through the culvert.
Discussion regarding easements that have been in place, but no trail development done. Dave has met with Kim Kinsella and Jeff received some electronic maps. Work is continuing. Brian Emelson has requested the trail projects be prioritized and a cost attached to each project before submitting it to the Parks and Recreation Department for inclusion in the new Master Plan.
Jeff has located approximately 30 trail easements that have been granted to the Town of Victor on file in the Ontario County Clerk’s office. He is also researching conservation easements, but they are much more difficult to track.
TRAIL BOSS: Chauncy Young
Work shirts have been received.
John Van Bortel is still completing fund raising. He will put up posts for his signs announcing the work on the Duval property, but will complete the work in the spring, since the property will be closed during hunting season.
Parks & Rec doesn’t have funds in this year’s budget to complete the ramps on the Yale Court boardwalk; that work will be delayed until next year.
A boardwalk across the culvert next to the Willowbrook Thruway tunnel has been completed; the approach to the bridge on both sides needs to be improved and one railing may added.
The ramp across the creek leading to the Apple Farm has been completed; the cleats and a railing will be added this week.
The beaver dam in Lehigh Crossing Park is getting very high, it’s likely some flooding will occur soon. Chauncy proposes working with Parks & Rec to install a limiter on the dam which will keep the dam water from reaching a flooding level. The state DEC will also need to be notified.
The August hike took place in Conklin’s Gully. There was water in the gully, and the group scaled a section of the walls. The weather was warm and pleasant. There were 13 people and hike was about 5 miles long. Lunch at Roots café was enjoyed by 6 people after the hike.
Latest issue of Backpacker was received
Dave updated the phone message and sent out an email blast about the September Ring of Fire hike.
Dave updated the finished projects spreadsheet; some need plaques, Dave will order them.
International Trails Symposium will be held in Syracuse in 2019 on April 28th- May 1st.
Suzy would like to put together the 2019 hikes for January – May to include in the Town of Victor newsletter, please bring ideas to the September meeting.
Emily Waldeman will put a sealant on the mural under the Thruway. Once that is done there will be an official ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled.
September 1st Bare Hill and Ring of Fire hike and bonfire
2018 VHT HIKES:
Sept 1st – Ring of Fire
Sept 8th - Hang Around Victor Day
Sept 30th - VHT Challenge Hike, Start at Bed Bath and Beyond, carpool or bus to Boughton Park and hike back to Bed Bath & Beyond
Oct 13th - Finger Lakes Trail Bristol Hills Section
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, September 20th 2018, 7:00 p.m. at Victor Town Hall.
Meeting adjourned at 9:12 pm.
Respectfully submitted by Lisa Roberts