VICTOR HIKING TRAILS
MEETING AT VICTOR TOWN HALL
January 17, 2019
ATTENDANCE: Dave Wright, Lisa Roberts, Chauncy Young, Jeff Miller, Ruth Rugaber, Carol MacInnes, Denni Harbaugh, Joyce Keyes
Meeting was called to order at 7:07 pm by Dave
Motion to approve the December minutes by Chauncy seconded by Carol – Approved.
TREASURER’S REPORT: Ruth Rugaber
Assets as of December 31, 2018:
Ruth renewed the Chamber of Commerce membership
Denni made a motion to approve the financials, Jeff seconded - Approved.
MEMBERSHIP: Denni Harbaugh
Membership is at 235 with 72 due to renew.
Meetup is at 939, up from 928 members.
Discussion of changing membership requirement to the VHT Meetup group. The Meetup app seems to have been hacked.
Chauncy changed the settings within Meetup to leave the group as public, but new members have to be approved by an administrator.
PUBLICITY & NEWSLETTER: Dave Wright
The winter newsletter went out. Next newsletter will go out in March. Town newsletter will go out at the same time; the same article can be printed in both.
Chauncy suggested using the Auburn Trail article that was in the in the VNHT Newsletter for the Town of Victor newsletter.
Dave updated the phone message for the February 9th hike in Mendon Ponds, starting in the Beach Parking Lot.
The Town of Victor Winterfest family hike will be at 2:00 starting from the Rec Center.
EDUCATION: Ralph Weber, absent
Denni scheduled a visit to the Ionia Observatory on Saturday April 20th. The event will begin at 6:00pm, followed by a group dinner at 7:00 and a presentation from staff at the observatory at 7:30. Sunset will be at 8pm and moonrise at 9:20pm on April 20, 2019.
VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR: Jeff Miller
No need for volunteers until the annual April Arbor Day tree planting by the Village Tree Board.
TRAILMASTER: Carol MacInnes
Nothing new to report
TRAIL BOSS: Chauncy Young
There have been some trees removed in the last month, including one in Fisher’s Park by the Town Parks & Recreation department.
The invoice for work on the Auburn Trail near Break of Day Road was received from American Equipment.
The January hike was at Harriet Hollister Spencer Recreation Area; 14 people participated, including a small group from Naples. The hike was 4.5 miles long, there was a light covering of snow.
Jeff H. would like to apply for National Recreation Trail designation for the Lehigh Valley Trail. It could be in conjunction with the Mendon Foundation and Monroe County.
The organizational meeting was held at 1:00 pm at the Cottage Hotel in Mendon. Sixteen people attended, all agreed it was a good venue.
Lisa gave an update regarding the Parks & Rec Master Plan. The survey portion is complete, Bayer Landscape Architecture, the contractor for the project, is compiling data and will be creating a draft master plan by spring 2019. Lisa will be presenting a summary of the survey findings to the Town of Victor Board at 6pm on January 23rd at the Victor Town Hall. The survey results include overwhelming support of improved connectivity between town parks and trails and improvements to bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure within the town, and pursing a town owned recreation center.
Dave received an award at the GROC (Genesee Regional Off Road Cyclists) annual meeting for his volunteer efforts with the group.
Received a $500 donation from Trails ROC for helping with the Unlimited Breadsticks trail run on the Seneca Trail last fall.
International Trails Symposium April 26th – May 1st Chauncy is planning on going and attending a training on rigging.
Received a call from Dennis Money from the Seneca White Deer Association at the former Seneca Army Depot. The Association would like to build a nature trail starting from the beaver pond. The trail will have to cross several roads which have large ditches on either side. Dave and Chauncy will be walking the property to help devise a solution for crossing the ditches.
February 9th at Mendon Ponds Park, if there is snow, snowshoeing is an option. Meet at the exit road of the Beach Bathing Lot at the park at 9:00 am.
February 9th at Victor Parks and Recreation Center. VHT will be leading a family friendly hike at 2pm
2019 VHT HIKES:
Feb 9th 9:00 am monthly hike at Mendon Ponds Park
March 9th Indian Hill – Crescent Trail
April 13th Ganondagan State Historical Site
May 11th Bentley Woods & Domine Trail
June 1st National Trails Day Hikes
June 8th Outdoor Expo at Mendon Ponds Park
July 13th Wesley Hill Nature Preserve
August 10th Grimes Glen and Tanner Falls
Aug 31st Bare Hill Ring of Fire
Sept. 7th Hang Around Victor Day
Sept 14th Fillmore Glen State Park
Sept 29th Challenge Hike
October 12th Finger Lakes Trail
Nov 9th Powder Mills Park
Dec 14th Fishers Park
The next regular meeting will be on Thursday, February 21st 2019, 7:00 p.m. at Victor Town Hall.
Meeting adjourned at 8:15 pm.
Respectfully submitted by Lisa Roberts