VICTOR HIKING TRAILS
MEETING AT VICTOR TOWN HALL
February 18, 2018
ATTENDANCE: Dave Wright, Ruth Rugaber, Carol MacInnes, Suzy Mandrino, Lisa Roberts, Chauncy Young, Denni Harbaugh, Stephen Kalbach, Greg Casto
Meeting was called to order at 7:02 pm by Dave
Guest Greg Casto, manager of the to, , Greg CastoRochester Running Company in College Town, attended to discuss the possibility of operating a half marathon on the Seneca Trail starting in Boughton Park and heading north to Valentown Hall. A potential date is the weekend after Labor Day, September 8th or 9th. Greg is aware there are multiple landowners on the trail. He has been in touch with Eric Eagan from trails ROC regarding some of details that need to be worked out to run a race. He will need to work with the town to get a permit to run the race as well as contacting the landowners to let them know about the race. The Perinton trail race held annually has about 100 participants. Greg expects this race will not get that many participants since it will be new. Dave also suggested Greg speak to Brian Emelson of Victor Parks and Rec.
Motion to approve the January minutes by Carol, seconded by Suzy – Approved.
TREASURER’S REPORT: Ruth Rugaber
Ruth handed out the financial summary:
Assets as of January 31, 2017:
Bottle redemption $1.25
The Town of Victor paid the annual VHT insurance premium, and a receipt was received. The annual dues for the Victor Chamber of Commerce have been paid
Chauncy made a motion to approve the financials Denni seconded, approved.
MEMBERSHIP: Denni Harbaugh
Membership is at 232 with 55 due to renew.
A few more of the bandanas were returned with no known forwarding address. Denni will make corrections in the database; the bandanas were returned to Chauncy.
Chauncy reported that we now have 752 members on Meetup, up from 739 last month.
PUBLICITY & NEWSLETTER: Dave Wright
Items for the next newsletter are due by the middle of March, pass along anything to share to Dave.
The next monthly hike is March 10th in Mendon Ponds Park, meet at the Nature Center at 27 Pond Road at 9am, there will not be carpooling from the Victor Town Hall.
Moonlight hike on Feb 28th (Wednesday night) at 6:30 at Fisher’s Fire House #1 at 7853 Main St. Fisher’s. Park behind the fire hall. The hike was originally scheduled to be run by GVHG, however, they did not have a leader.
Both hikes will be put on the phone line and posted on Meetup.
The article for the next Town of Victor Newsletter needs to be submitted by February 26th. Dave will put together an article that will include the dates and times of this year’s trail maintenance activities.
EDUCATION: Ralph Weber, absent
There are pancake breakfasts scheduled at Cummings Nature Center and Kettle Ridge Farm the weekends of March 17th & 18th and 24th and 25th. VHT will schedule an event on March 18th at Kettle Ridge, starting with breakfast at 10:00 am, followed by a hike. Kettle Ridge Farm is located at 515 Log Cabin Road, Fishers.
VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR: Suzy Mandrino
VHT had volunteers at these events in February:
Winterfest, run by the Victor Parks & Recreation department at their location in Lehigh Crossing on Wagnum Road. VHT setup a table inside from 2-4pm with 3 volunteers: Carol and Larry Fisher and Peter Ingalsbe. A family hike was led by Chauncy at 2pm there were about 10-11 people with lots of kids participating.
The Town of Penfield indoor hike. Carol attended. Mindy MacLaren gave a talk describing how she bought a piece of land designated as wetland near Irondequoit Creek because she didn’t want the land developed. She worked with Irene Gossin, past Penfield Town Supervisor, on the plans for what to do with the wetland parcel. Mindy visited Irene Gossin every week for a year. Irene handed out 15,000 seedlings while campaigning. The 20 acres Mindy purchased will be named the Irene L. Gossin Nature Preserve.
VHT traditionally works with the Victor Tree Club on an Arbor Day project. The Town of Victor’s Arbor Day activities are scheduled for April 21st.
There’s also typically a clean-up day scheduled for the spring, Suzy will watch for that announcement.
TRAILMASTER: Carol MacInnes
Carol will send a follow-up letter to Granite Holdings located on Victor Heights Parkway asking about making a connection from their property to the Auburn Trail.
TRAIL BOSS: Chauncy Young
John Van Bortel is meeting with Chauncy on Feb 21st regarding his Eagle Project. He will be replacing the current narrow bridge between the western border of the Duvall property and Boughton Park.
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.
Tentative start date for trail maintenance is the last weekend in April
There were 11 people on the hike, there was snow on the ground; a couple people wore snow shoes, others used micro spikes. Larry and Chauncy provided interesting history about the property in and around the Town of Fishers, Fishers Park, and the Domine property.
Chauncy is leading the GVHG hike this Sunday, February 18th at 2:30 starting at the Ganondagan Museum. The hike will be about 5-6 miles, strenuous & hilly.
February 24th Dave is leading a GVHG hike at 9am from Finn’s Tap Room on the southern portion of the Seneca Trail, 5-6 miles moderate. Meet at Finn’s Tap Room, 14 Railroad St.
February 25th Chauncy is leading a GVHG hike at 9am from Powder Mills Park to Fishers along the Auburn Trail, 6 miles, moderate. Meet in the large parking lot on Woolston Road in Powder Mills Park.
There are 5 GVHG hikes scheduled for March, including Chauncy leading a 12 mile one way hike from the scenic overlook in Ontario County Park to the DEC building in Naples on March 17th.
National Trails Day hikes can be added to the NTD web site. Sat June 2nd is National Trails Day. VHT will plan to hold the day’s activities at the FLCC building off State Route 251. There will be three hikes offered as well as breakfast and lunch. Hikes will include the viewing platforms in Lehigh Crossing Park. The day will start at 8:30 with breakfast.
Latest issues of Backpacker magazine were shared
Pack Paddle & Ski will not be advertising in the VHT newsletter this year, Rick French is retiring. Dave thanked him for all the years of support from him and Pack, Paddle & Ski.
Town Arbor Day celebration is April 21st
Ruth will develop the 2018 budget by averaging the expenses from the past five years.
March 10th at 9am starting from the Nature Center at Mendon Ponds Park, 27 Pond Road.
2018 VHT HIKES:
March - Mendon Ponds Park
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
August - Conklin Gully
Sept - Hang Around Victor Day
Oct - Finger Lakes Trail Bristol Hills Section
Nov - Abraham Lincoln
Dec - Dryer Road Park
The next regular meeting will be on Thursday, March 15, 2018, 7:00 p.m. at Victor Town Hall.
Meeting adjourned at 8:30 pm.
Respectfully submitted by Lisa Roberts