VICTOR HIKING TRAILS
MEETING AT VICTOR TOWN HALL
March 15, 2018
ATTENDANCE: Dave Wright, Ruth Rugaber, Suzy Mandrino, Lisa Roberts, Chauncy Young, Denni Harbaugh, Joyce Keyes, Jeff Chase, Carol MacInnes
Meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by Dave
Corrections to February Minutes:
Under Volunteer Coordinator:
Years ago Irene Gossin ran successfully for Town Supervisor and handed out 15,000 seedlings
Under Trail Master:
Carol is contacting Granite Holdings for a connection to the Auburn Trail, not Lehigh
Under Trail Boss:
Jeff discovered that the percentage of fees that go to the Go Fund me organization is 7% or higher, his suggestion in that fund raising be done directly to VHT or through our PayPal account at 2.2% rather than via Go Fund Me.
Motion to approve the January minutes by Ruth, seconded by Chauncy – Approved.
TREASURER’S REPORT: Ruth Rugaber
Ruth handed out the financial summary:
Assets as of February 28, 2017:
Ruth finished the budget and entered the financials into the database
Any new customer making their first Amazon Smile purchase choosing to benefit VHT will have their donation tripled between March 12th and March 31st. Suzy will post this information to Facebook and forward the information to Jeff for posting on the VHT website.
Chauncy made a motion to approve the financials Lisa seconded, approved.
MEMBERSHIP: Denni Harbaugh
Membership is at 235 with 58 due to renew.
Chauncy reported that we now have 776 members on Meetup, up from 752 last month.
PUBLICITY & NEWSLETTER: Dave Wright
Items for the next newsletter are due by March 18th pass along anything to share to Dave.
The monthly hike on March 10th was not well attended. Some people showed up and left before Dave arrived to find no one there. Part of the confusion may be that the newspaper listed the hike location as the main address of the park but the hike started from the nature center.
The moonlight hike on February had 10 people, the moon was visible, people went to Thirsty Turtle after the hike.
Next hike is on April 10th at Webster Park, located at corner of Holt and Lake Roads.
VHT has scheduled an event on March 25th at Kettle Ridge Farm, starting with breakfast at 10:00 am, followed by a tour of the syrup making facilities at 11:00. Kettle Ridge Farm is located at 515 Log Cabin Road, Fishers. Dave will put an announcement about a group hike, tour, pancakes, and maple syrup on the phone line and Chauncy will add it to Meetup.
EDUCATION: Ralph Weber, absent
VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR: Suzy Mandrino
The Town of Victor’s Tree Club Arbor Day activities are scheduled for April 21st. Suzy will be sending out an email about the event, requesting volunteers.
Dave would like to do a trail clean up on April 28th on the Seneca Trail on either side of Turk Hill Rd. Dave has garbage bags, latex gloves, and trash grabbers. Dave will put the information on the phone line after the April hike is held.
TRAILMASTER: Carol MacInnes
Carol sent a second letter to Granite Holdings located on Victor Heights Parkway asking about making a connection from their property to the Auburn Trail but there has not been any response, she will try to get a phone number or names of staff.
TRAIL BOSS: Chauncy Young
Chauncy is putting the trail maintenance schedule together.
Chauncy met with John Van Bortel about the bridge on Seneca Trail near Boughton Park and other options, a final decision on his project has not been made yet.
All the plaques have been installed by either Dave or Brian and Dave updated the list of projects that have been completed, he shared it with the Town Board members and received thanks back from members. He received a request from Ruth Nellis (Former Education Chair of VHT) to include events called Talks on the Trails. He has added those to the list and will also add some other talks given to civic and youth groups. Dave sent the list to Jeff to have it included on the VHT website.
The hike on March 10th was not well attended. Some people showed up and left before Dave arrived to find no one there. Part of the confusion may be that the newspaper put in the hike location as the main address of the park but the hike started from the nature center.
Chauncy will be leading a 6 mile one way hike from the scenic overlook in Ontario County Park thru Camp Cutler to Clement Rd on March 17th. Participants should bring snow shoes. Carpool from Victor Town Hall at 8am.
Brian Emelson sent a letter to Eric Egan of TailsRoc, confirming the Zero SPF trail race on the Seneca and Crescent Trails will be held on July 14, 2018, and he should work with VHT for possible support activities.
The Village of Victor is holding a ‘Taste of Victor’ event. Anyone visiting 9 food establishments in Victor prior to March 31st will be entered to win a drawing held in April.
New maps of Ontario County are available in the Town Hall.
Latest Backpacker magazine was received.
Victor Chamber of Commerce has released their latest publication.
Lisa provided an update on from the Boughton Park Commission and Victor Parks and Recreation CAC Master Plan Update. The Commission will be meeting with town supervisors at their April meeting to discuss the possibility of The Town of Farmington joining the commission. The CAC Master Plan sub-committee has signed an agreement with Bayer and Associates to develop the update to the plan. Bayer will begin their work in the next month. A Parks & Rec public use survey is being developed. The survey will be released sometime next fall. The sub-committee will also be working with major stake-holders, including VHT while developing the new Master Plan Update.
April 10th at 9am starting from Webster Park at corner of Holt and Lake Roads.
April - Webster Park corner of Holt and Lake Roads
May - Lehigh Crossing Park
June 2nd - National Trails Day
June 9th - ADK Outdoor Expo
July - Bristol South trailhead on County Rd 34
August - Conklin Gully
Sept – Ring of Fire
Sept - Hang Around Victor Day
Sept - VHT Challenge Hike
Oct - Finger Lakes Trail Bristol Hills Section
Nov - Abraham Lincoln Park
Dec - Dryer Road Park
The next regular meeting will be on Thursday, April 19, 2018, 7:00 p.m. at Victor Town Hall.
Meeting adjourned at 7:55 pm.
Respectfully submitted by Lisa Roberts