Libby’s look in great shape, good for this winter. Still needs blazing and signs, a little erosion control work.
Tom reported on his site visit with the VAST guys on 10/25. They’re excited about doing the work, will call it a safety project and put it in as a major project for next year. They’d widen the trail, which means some trees will need to come out. Tom went over it with them and wasn’t bothered by this. Overall, longterm, it would improve the trail. VAST trail through there could become a nice corridor, might be used for mountain bikes, creates a nice loop.
Sharon’s note on VT recreational trails grant: 2004
VT Rec Trails Grant applications must be
submitted by January 30, 2004 ~ $500
mini-grant or up to $3,000 competitive grant (w/20% match), for training,
tools, trails (protection, development,maintenance
and restoration) access improvements, trail-side and trail-head facilities,
preparation of trail related maps, studies, educational materials, trail
What are our specific goals with trails? After VAST & Libby’s look, we want to continue the loop around the pond. The N/S route, and the crossover between the two ponds. That’s a fairly long section, a few bridges need to go in. Working 1 Saturday a month that could take 2-3 years.
Action item: VYCC needs us to submit a proposal soon. Tom will work on this.
SB wants us to look at access/parking, but it’s still in limbo until the land transfer goes through. But at some point, someone needs to go out with them to check site distances.
SB says to level fund this year (1600)
(Post-meeting note: Apparently, Redstone is having a meeting
this Friday, the 21. Can anyone commit to going? It looks like Lars & Kristian can’t, Tom’s a maybe. I’m a tenuous maybe.
We’ve spent $250 on trail tools
We’ll have expenses coming up for mailing, and for a dance if we decide to do a town dance for a fundraiser.
Allocate the rest to stewardship.
$150 Townwide conservation plan.
$350 Keeping Track training. It costs $350 per person, but we could do 2 people at 50% subsidy. (A good motivator for trainees)
$100 Fundraising, administrative mailing costs
•Town Dance for a fundraiser? A good time would be soon after Town Meeting so we could publicize it. Some time in April. The Mud Ball? Would rec committee want to go in on it?
• An appeal for donations went (theoretically, anyway) into the Dec. Gazette
•Letter to Previous Donors. We didn’t really nail down any specifics about this at the meeting but it seems like if we’re serious about getting donations by the end of the year, we should get the letter out asap.