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  • 14 Nov 2019 10:40 AM | Beth Kazinski

    November 2019 Metro Meeting

    11/12/19

    Bennos’

    West Allis, Wi

    36 members in attendance

    Mission Statement

    Metro Mountain Bikers is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to safeguarding the future of mountain biking through the preservation and promotion of responsible off-road bicycling opportunities. Which includes the education, sponsoring events, trail construction, and trail maintenance.   

    Introduction of Board

    Financial Report – Dan Kutz

    Refer to spreadsheet handout.

    Club has a positive net cash flow.  

    Changing system for member payments.  Paypal’s fees are increasing so will move to Wild Apricot’s payment system.  Isaac was making the necessary changes and members should be able to renew their memberships without an issue.  

    Alpha Trail Update

    Marty is at a council meeting so not present to give an update.  However, James did share that metro members showed up in force again at the public meeting in support of mountain bike trails.    There are some hurdles to overcome still but looking at spring to push for more trails at Alpha.  Remember we are looking at making the hiking trails, multi-use and allowing mountain biking.  We are making headwinds with the municipalities. 

    Minooka Park Update - James

    Minooka project is fully approved, and contract is signed and in our hands!   It includes Fat Bike Grooming at Minooka.  Huge win and a long time coming but it’s here.    We do need to submit a grooming plan to have approved.

    There will be parts of the blue where the groomer will not fit but you are still able to ride.  Feel free to snowshoe these areas if you wish.    

    The plan also includes the use of machinery to build out phase 3.  Phase 3 includes the build out of the hill with features donated by Little Switz.  We are talking a 15ft wall ride people!

    Question was asked if there were any hooks or conditions in the contract that we would be held up against.   James stated no except the one for building the parking lot because there isn’t enough parking in Area 5 now and with the addition of phase 3 the park expects more users and there isn’t any more room in current area to accommodate. 

    There is a major shift in the county parks attitude toward mountain biking and it is included in the master parks plans for the county.   The parks have never sold so many out of state passes then they have and it’s because of the mountain biking.  We bring in almost as much as the dog park.

     Fat Bike Grooming – Bryan Douglas, Chair

    Sunday at Minooka 9am the fat bike committee is getting together for their first meeting to figure out where they can and cannot go with the groomer as well as develop safety plans.  So if you are on the committee be there.  Right now, we have permission to groom Minooka and Pleasant Valley.   We are working on a 3rd location – hoping Negawaukee golf course.    The county is open to grooming since it’s just the golf course.  The nice thing is they don’t have dog walkers here.   We are going to keep it to 3 locations this year so we can get the system down and running smoothly before we think of adding anymore.  We want quality trails over quantity.  If you have questions or interested in being on the committee just contact Bryan. 

    Volunteer Hours

    With all the new opportunities coming our way there will be a lot of volunteer hours that need to be counted.  We send these hours to the counties and they use when applying for special projects.   It is important to show involvement in the club and giving back to the community.   Snowshoeing counts too!  If you go out to do any volunteer work as a group, designate one person to report the hours for all who showed up.  You can email your hours to Chris Cooper at cooper4768@hotmail.com   Use subject “Volunteer Hours”

    NICA Trail Work

    Thank you to all the coaches that showed up tonight, we are so excited to have the NICA teams involved in Metro.    NICA has a program where the kids can give back to the trail systems that they use.  We welcome the additional trail hands and Chris Cooper will help organize with the groups (15 NICA Teams in the Metro area) since he is the Volunteer Coordinator.    

    Metro does have an age limitation on our insurance which didn’t allow the Kids to participate regardless of their enthusiasm to do so.  NICA has the insurance coverage under this program for the Kids so we should all be covered. 

    Steve, NICA Coach present suggested having a designated NICA liaison between them and the Club.  Congrats Steve that this now you!   Seriously though, yes, it is a good idea and to please discuss further with James.

    Board Positions

    Tonight’s the night to Vote or consider running for a position! 

    Positions available for 2020:

    ·        Co-Chair  (open)  1 year co-chair then 2 year chair

    ·        Social Chair  (open)

    ·        Member at Large (Isaac Olson)  2 year term

    ·        Secretary  (Beth Kazinski)  2 year term

    James described the details of each position available and opened the floor to additional nominations.  Dave Burch stepped up for Co-Chair and name added to the ballot.  Voting remained open for an hour.  Get ballots back to Secretary to be counted.

    We had 23 voting members present.  We encourage those in attendance who aren’t currently members to consider joining.   All membership dollars go back to YOUR local trails. 

    Open Floor

    Ron presented check to Metro for $100 from the last Bike-Sha.  Thank you to Dan at Magellan’s on Main St for the Pizza donation as well as everyone who came out to ride and donate.   Stay tuned for the next one!

    8:02pm Meeting adjourned.

    Election Results

    Dave Burch, Co-Chair

    James Mattox, Social Chair

    Member at Large, Isaac Olson

    Secretary, Beth Kazinski

     

    Introducing your board and committee chairs for 2020!

    Board

    James Mattox, Chair

    Dave Burch, Co-Chair

    Beth Kazinski, Secretary

    Dan Kutz, Treasurer

    Ron Stawicki, Member at Large

    Isaac Olson, Member at Large

    Chris McArdle, Member at Large

     Committee Chairs

    Darrin Jaeger, Social Media Chair

    Chris Cooper, Volunteer Coordinator

    James Mattox, Social Events Chair

    Bryan Douglas, Fat Bike Grooming Committee Chair

    James Mattox & Ron Stawicki, Minooka Committee Chairs

    Marty Weigel, Alpha Committee Chair


     


  • 12 Sep 2019 5:58 PM | Beth Kazinski

    September 2019 Metro Meeting

    9/10/19

    Bennos’

    West Allis, Wi

    19 members in attendance

    Introduction of Board

    Mission Statement

    Metro Mountain Bikers is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to safeguarding the future of mountain biking through the preservation and promotion of responsible off-road bicycling opportunities. Which includes the education, sponsoring events, trail construction, and trail maintenance.   

    Minooka Park Update - James

    Minooka project is fully approved just waiting for contract to be signed at next executive committee meeting.    This should be in late October.  There were no objections during the county parks meeting so should go through no issues. 

    County fully approved our plan which included reroutes with donated Little Switz features on the hillside!   Also includes new trailhead, parking lot, hang-out area, etc.   The contract waiting to be signed also includes the use of heavy equipment which is a big win!  Note, we are not held responsible for building the parking lot if we are not able to raise the funds. 

    Watch for invites for trail workdays!!

    County is also allowing us to place a storage shed behind the bathhouse at Area 5 so we don’t have to keep dropping off and picking up equipment at someone’s house.

    Waukesha Freeman interview gave us more exposure and we should capitalize on this with fundraising efforts to local business…maybe asphalt companies????  We’ll need to start putting together a Fundraising Committee.

    Alpha Trial Update – Marty

    Marty and Harold are working with Jessica the Milwaukee County Trails Coordinator.    We are trying to protect the downhill run.   The naturist shut down the inner loop we were looking for; however, they are going to sanction the use of the hiking trail for mountain biking –it will become a multi-use trail.  This is for the root river parkway only.   The river line will still be there if its dry enough to use.    

    Marty and Harold did walk the property and are suggesting to the trail’s coordinator the area behind the archery range for additional single track.    We do have to close some trail but gaining just a bit more than we are losing.

    There will be a public meeting regarding making the hiking trail multi us and we do expect some push back from hikers so we need MOUNTAIN BIKERS to show up in force on our behalf.  Meeting is scheduled for Thursday October 10th at the Ross Lodge from 4pm to 7pm.

    James will have Darin send out a post via social media and email.   

    Fat Bike Grooming – Brian Douglas, Chair

    Everyone should have received an email form regarding what they would like to see for grooming.  Where?  Which Trails?  Who is interested in being on the Fat Bike Committee?

    We will need people to help move the equipment and groom the trails.  We will also need individuals to help coordinate grooming schedule once we have a few places to groom.  The open/close for trails will be on Metro website.  

    We do have a place in Cedarburg to store the equipment and James donated the use of his snowmobile trailer to move the groomer.  It is small enough for a car with a hitch to pull.    

    Feedback from the returned responses we’ve received so far, Pleasant Valley trail came up in 75% of those responses.   We will also start with county golf courses.  Of course, everyone would like to see Minooka on that list.   Please complete the form and send back with your suggestions.  Our goal is to start with 3 places to groom.

    Membership – Goal is still 1000.  

    We had 10 new members in the last 30 days.

    ·        Metro 118

    ·        GEARS  19

    ·        OCMB  17

    We had small flyers printed to hand out.   The flyers ask riders to join Metro and support our trail systems.  Please take a stack and hand out whenever you can. 

    Volunteer Hours

    With all the new opportunities coming our way there will be a lot of volunteer hours that need to be counted.  We send these hours to the counties and they use when applying for special projects.    You can email your hours to Chris Cooper at cooper4768@hotmail.com 

    Board Positions

    Voting will take place for the new Board Positions this November so if you are interested place email Metro.  

    Positions that are coming up:

    ·        Co-Chair

    ·        Social Chair

    ·        Member at Large (Isaac Olson)

    ·        Secretary

    Open Floor

    Ron presented check to Metro for $150 from the last Bike-Sha.  Thank you to Dan at Magellan’s on Main St for the Pizza and beer donation as well as everyone who came out to ride and donate.   Stay tuned for the next one!

    Eric Hackbarth gave an update for OCMB.   The Port Washington short trail that washed away and then the city was using to dump debris on is now a trail again.   They have been working hard re-creating the trail all summer long and is better than what it used to be.    They just finished a ridable 2mile loop so check the OCMB page and go ride it in!!!  Exciting to have more trail to ride!

    A plus to note that River Glen Trail has been open a lot his year although the Mountain Bike stickers on the sign keep disappearing.    Hmmm

    Today’s 50/50 raffle donating $35 back to the Club.    

    Meeting adjourned.


  • 20 May 2019 5:08 PM | Beth Kazinski

    May  2019 Metro Meeting

    5/14/19 at 7:12pm

    Café De Arts

    Waukesha, WI

    24 members in attendance   

    James opened meeting  at 7:12pm

    Introduction of the Board

    Mission Statement

    Metro Mountain Bikers is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to safeguarding the future of mountain biking through the preservation and promotion of responsible off-road bicycling opportunities.  Which includes the education, sponsoring events, trail construction, and trail maintenance.

    Quarterly Financial Update

    Dan – Treasurer presented financial report for Metro, GEARS and OCMB accounts.    Refer to Handout

    Insurance was renewed for the club and now includes equipment use.  

    Fat Bike Grooming

    Dan Douglas volunteered to be Chair of this committee.   He will be responsible for setting up committee and organization.    If you are interested you can contact Dan or Metro. 

    The committee will be responsible for:

    ·         communication with area trails and golf courses for grooming

    ·         communicating to community trail conditions

    ·         transporting the equipment

    ·         equipment maintenance

    ·         Fundraising


    Update on Trail Projects

    Minooka Park

    James has had several meetings with the Park and have a strong partnership going.    Phase 3 that we originally were in discussion on is no longer an option due to land being declared protected by the Naturalist.  

    However, we have a new plan which is broken out into 3 phases.  See map handout.  Within this plan we will be re-routing the trail head as well as some existing trail.   We are adding a session area on the hill going into the new “hand-out” area by our own parking lot.   Flagging has already started and we are hoping to be completed by mid-summer.  Weather and manpower permitting. 

    There has been some stress on the park with the existing trail head in picnic area 5 lot.  One side is Picnic Parking and the other is MTB parking.  However this is not happening and riders are parking on the wrong side.  This causes issues when the area is rented out.   Park needs additional parking to accommodate more users but is not in the budget for the next 10 yrs.  Unfortunately the Courthouse is getting most of the county’s budget for renovations.   We cannot move ahead with building new trails if we don’t have the parking to accommodate more users.    So it is either wait 10 yrs or fundraise and do it as a Club. 

    We are also looking at being able to close off the Green Loop when needed.  Most times the trail is good except for the Green and since we can’t segment it off, the whole system gets closed.  We want to re-route some existing trial to be able to close this section off as needed as well as extending the Green back up the hill and into the new exit.

    3 PHASE PLAN

    Phase 1:  New Trail Head and re-routes

    ·         Little Switz donated 4 trailer loads of stuff/features that we will incorporate into the trails

    ·         Includes re-route of the Green to new exit

    ·         Fundraising for Phase 2 and 3

    Phase 2:  Parking lot

    ·         Will have our own Hang-out area for which the park will have picnic tables and grills added.

    Phase 3: Contractor to build out session area

    The total cost that the Park is estimating (inflated) is $750,000 with half of that going to the parking lot.

    TRAIL WORK DAYS………..We will need volunteers to assist with Phase 1.  Ron will be spearheading but needs 3 other crew leaders since he can’t possibly be at all trail work days.  If interested, see Ron.    

    We would really love to get NICA teams in to help.  If they are under 14 they can’t use equipment (per insurance) but we can certainly find something for them to do on the trail.  Glen did mention that NICA has a requirement that each team needs to give back to the trails they use and this would certainly qualify. 

    Ball Park Commons Update/Alpha

    No update

    Glacial Blue

    Greg was not present at the meeting  to give an update.   However, he did want to mention that they are doing group rides every Tuesday  night.  This is a great chance to learn the trail system since nothing is marked and its two directional, but once you learn it you can make your own ride. 

    They raised $2500 toward the Glacial Blue project

    JUNE 23rd– Mark your calendars for their Social Event.   There will be beer pop-ups in the woods as well as food.  Please join us for the event and get to the trails!

    Wednesday Night Racing

    We couldn’t get one to volunteer to head these races so we decided to post-pone until next year.  Someone has stepped forward to head them next year.  We will continue to look for more volunteers through-out the year so we have affirm commitment by February 2020.

    Tuesday Rides

    Need Ride Leaders for Odd Tuesdays.   We like to change up the trails but essentially you pick where you want to lead.  Please contact Metro and let us know if you are interested.

    Membership Drive

    Membership goal  is 1,000 members .  We are currently in a renewal turn over so numbers should go back up.

    Metro   125

    GEARS  18

    OCMB   12

    We want to do more social rides since we are losing membership drive from Wednesday night races.    We are thinking of making these social events MEMBER ONLY.  You are welcome to join at the ride!

    Awareness is huge.  ASK from each of us here to share Metro site to FB friends/ pages and encourage your friends that ride our trails to join Metro and donate to new trails.   They don’t have to move dirt but their membership dollars will be a huge contribution to pay a contractor to do it!

    James will try to get social events together to membership drive.  Stay tuned.

    Colectivo Donation

    Chris McArdle presented Metro $1000 donation to use these funds toward building new trails at Minooka.   Thank you Colectivo for the generation donation and support you show the Club as well as the mountain bike community.  We will certainly put the funds to great use!

    Little Switz opening Day is May 19th  

    Darrin presented free lift tickets to all first timers present to experience The Hill for themselves.   There is something for all levels.  Not everything there is a huge gap jump.   You can keep the wheels on the ground if you wish.   Come enjoy the ride with us!   Thank you Little Switz for your support!

    Bikesha by Ronsta

    Beer, Bikes, and Pizza

    The next Bikesha will be Saturday June 22nd.   Dan at Magellan’s on Main St. is generously donating pizzas for all.  There is no cost for the ride but donations are welcome and all funds raised go back to Metro! 

    Ride starts at the back of Magellan’s.  Gather around 6pm.  Leave one beer after 6pm to tour the parkway.  No drop ride.   Refreshments provided during the ride by Ron. 

    Ron also presented donation to  Metro of $150 from the last Bikesha.  Thank you all!

    Thank you Ayhan for hosting Metro Mountain Bikers meeting.  Food and coffee where delicious!

    Meeting Adjourned 8:25pm

    Map Handout:

     

  • 21 Mar 2019 8:44 PM | Beth Kazinski

    March  2019 Metro Meeting

    3/12/19 at 7:17pm

    Benno’s

    West Allis, WI

    26 members in attendance   

    James opened meeting

    Mission Statement

    Metro Mountain Bikers is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to safeguarding the future of mountain biking through the preservation and promotion of responsible off-road bicycling opportunities.  Which includes the education, sponsoring events, trail construction, and trail maintenance.

    Glacial Blue Update

    Greg gave the run down on Park and Rec meeting in West Bend.  Mountain bikers showed in record attendance.  Overwhelming support pushed approval for machine built plan.  They’ll be looking to start fundraising for the project soon. 

    Groomer

    James ran through groomer options.  Board agreed on moving forward with the purchase.  We choose the model we did for the bigger motor and reverse option.  The plan is to use it at Pleasant Valley and Glacial Blue.  Hopefully we can get Minooka next year.    Jessica Weinberg from Milwaukee County Parks would like input on what trails to groom and will look into grooming at Alpha.  You can find a link to donate toward the groomer on the Metro site. 

    The Fat Bike Grooming Committee will need to meet to assign responsibilities on grooming and maintenance of the machine as well as providing the board/members with updates. 

    Rich Ramsey suggested getting state certified so grooming DNR trails is a possibility.

    John Graham offered doing a beer fundraiser for raising money for the groomer. 

    Wheel & Sprocket Expo

    Wheel & Sprocket Expo  -  April 4 through the 7th -     Chris Cooper is looking for volunteers to help with the Metro Booth.  The booth will be larger this year 10’x20’.   The plan is to have the groomer in the booth to help promote fundraising for it.     If you can help – any shift – see Chris Cooper.   

    Social Event

    James is looking into doing a personal tour of Bentonville by a local Guide.   Time is to be determined.

    Ball Park Commons Update

    Marty gave update.  They are pushing for Mangan Woods at Alpha.  Trail council meeting coming up and Alpha improvements are on the docket. 

    Meeting adjourned at 8:22pm 


  • 9 Jan 2019 8:19 PM | Beth Kazinski

    January  2019 Metro Meeting

    1/8/19 at 7pm

    Benno’s

    West Allis, WI

    36 members in attendance   

    Collin opened meeting

     

    Mission Statement

    Metro Mountain Bikers is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to safeguarding the future of mountain biking through the preservation and promotion of responsible off-road bicycling opportunities.  Which includes the education, sponsoring events, trail construction, and trail maintenance.

    Introduction of new board

    Collin Stevens is the New Vice-Chair

    James Mattox is now the Chair and Social Events Coordinator

    Members at Large; Chris McArdle and Ron Stawicki for a second term

    Dan Kutz is the incoming Treasurer

    Social Media  Chair is now  Darrin Jaeger   If you remember Darrin is the one who designed our new logo

    Volunteer Coordinator  is officially Chris Cooper

    Current board positions not up for re-election this year:

    Secretary - Beth Kazinski

    Member at Large – Isaac Olsen

    Gears, OCMB now part of Metro

    Rich and Eric bring new trails

    Rich Ramsey,

    GEARS  Chapter report

    The two West bend parks they maintain are Glacial Blue Hills and Ridge Run which was a county park now a city park.  Ridge Run is behind the university and has the kettle like terrain.    Glacial Blue is a two way trail. There really aren’t a lot of signs but there are a lot of trail options that interlink with one another. It is hard to get lost so just explore them all.  Terrain is beautiful and a real must see.    They also maintain New Fane.    They are still holding WEMS races there and this coming week is a Hugh Jass Race.  So if you are coming to the race, make some time to stop at the other trails on your way back.      

    Fat Kats –  Not Present but they maintain Greenbush trails.  They haven’t dissolved their 501c3 status yet so not able to bring them in. 

      

    Eric Hackbarth

    OCMB Chapter report

    Pleasant Valley trail system.  First trail of theirs they established.  It really is like a sampler platter type trail -   a little bit of everything.   Port Washington trail was whipped out by storms in August.  Huge task to get it back.  A large portion of trail washed away.  City had issues with lack of insurance with their club so they weren’t able to rebuild.  Now part of Metro and having our insurance will get them back on track with rebuilding this system/relationship.

    This merger brings benefit for both sides.  There is strength in numbers with GEARS and OCMB joining Metro.  Larger organization with more members /voices when looking for sponsorship/support and we are able to assist them with insurance and non-profit status so they can grow their trails and membership as well as a site to track their memberships.

    Mechanically what it looks like?

    Their trails are being added to our website as we speak.  Wild Apricot is being updated with their region, Club Names for identifiers for new members to sign up.   The new members will have an affiliation to choose when they sign up.  Affiliation Types:  GEARS, OCMB, and METRO.    GEARS Inc dropped their IMBA status in 2018 so they have members waiting to join.  They will be notifying members to sign up.

    Fundraising

    We need to come up with ideas on how we can get funds to get trail builders here.    These are big projects and we can’t just rely on membership dollars.  Need corporate dollars too.   We are open to new faces and suggestions.

     

    James:  We are in a better place to develop a master plan, help Rich with Glacial Blue, and Eric with Heritage Park.   We can’t break ground today but we need a master plan of what we do to build.  So before we go to businesses asking for funding, we need to presentation/plan first.    Once that happens then we can knock on doors.

     

    Right now we have small projects, thousands not millions.  If you are good at building presentations and want to help contact James or any of the other board members.

    Up-coming Events

    ·         Hugh Jass Race, Jan 12th at New Fane -   Need volunteers.   Ron has the Metro tent so let him know if you can take it to set it up.

    ·         Hugh Jass Race Feb 9th at Alpha/Kegel  -  Again need volunteers to bring and set up the tent.   You don’t have to stand under it the whole time, just looking to be visible on our trail systems so they know who maintains them.

    ·         Frosty Hog –  Feb 2nd Humboldt Park  -  Need volunteers  to bring and set up tent. 

    ·         Wheel & Sprocket Expo  -  April 4 through the 7th -     James will put something special together for our booth  -  IPads for signing up new members.    We want it to have a whole different feel.     Maybe have give-a-way item so we can collect contact information (name and email) to add to our emailing list?  But what to give a way????    Another suggestion would be to give out our vintage water bottles.    Sign up for volunteers will be through the Metro website.  We’ll send out emails that will tell our members how to sign up.

    Wednesday Night Racing

    Racing 20 years and going strong.  BUT we need to have a new group to help run this event.   Our awesome team is running on empty and might like to race too after all these years.       So if you are interested in running these races – hopefully both Minooka and Alpha/Kegel this year, please contact Metro!!!    

    GEARS and OCMB might do the same format if they like.  Cindy Pettit might be able to help them with the insurance side of it since Metro uses W&S insurance for this event.  Metro can certainly give them the format to get them started.  Doesn’t have to be on a Wednesday either, whatever works for them.    

    Winter fat biking  

    Maybe next month.

    Meeting adjourned at 7:50pm 


  • 13 Dec 2018 10:59 AM | Beth Kazinski

    December  2018 Metro Meeting

    12/11/2018

    Beer Snob’s

    Hartland, WI

    26 members in attendance

    Introduction of Board Members

    Mission Statement

    Metro Mountain Bikers is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to safeguarding the future of mountain biking through the preservation and promotion of responsible off-road bicycling opportunities.  Which includes the education, sponsoring events, trail construction, and trail maintenance.

    New Board Members

    New board members will start their positions in January 2019

    Co-Chair:   Collin Stevens

    Responsibilities will be working directly with Chair, running Agenda for Metro business meetings.  Co-chair normally picks up responsibilities and/or delegates where other board positions aren’t filled. 


    2 Member at Large Positions:   

    Ron Stawicki

    Chris McArdle

    Responsibilities have not been assigned yet.  This will be discussed at our next board meeting in January. 

    Treasurer: Dan Kutz

    Responsible for financial accounts and reporting; expenses, income, cash flow, etc.  They are also responsible for maintaining/renewing our 501c3 status and insurance. 

    Social Media chair:   Darrin Jaeger

    This individual will be responsible for updating and marketing through all social media channels. 

    Social Events Chair:  James Mattox 

    This individual will do event planning -schedule and organize.  There will be other members to help carry out the event but we need this person to spearhead monthly social meetings, rides, trips, etc.…..

    Volunteer Coordinator:  Chris Cooper

    This individual will track all volunteer hours for Metro and send to both Waukesha and Milwaukee county as needed.    They will also work with the Social Events Chair with gathering volunteers to help with events including trail work days. 

    Gears, OCMB, and Fat Kats now part of METRO!

    Rich and Eric from Gears were present at the meeting.   As you may remember from the last meeting, they pulled away from IMBA as were looking to join Metro as a sub-chapter.   Their Board voted in favor of the move and are excited to be part of Metro and the ability to grow their membership and trails.   For Metro, this would mean expanding our membership as well as our footprint.  Together we would be working together for a stronger voice for mountain biking.

    GEARS United maintains:

    • ·         Glacial Blue
    • ·         West Bend Parks
    • ·         New Fane
    • ·         Pleasant Valley
    • ·         Port Washington Trails
    • ·         Green bush
    • ·         Evergreen park
    • ·         Quarry Park

    They have a new project at Heritage Park that they are working with the county parks on.  The County Park wants flow trails and a bike park.  Right now they are waiting on mining – what area is going to be mined.   The County will be able to use some of the funds from the mining project to contribute to the trails.  Then Metro will need to fundraise for the rest.    The Park is under pressure to create more recreation here and believe that trails are the way to go.

    The transition of GEARS united will be discussed during the next board meeting.  Details to follow….

    Fundraising!!!!!!

    Minooka connector and new entrance

    Glacial Blue Development

    Heritage Trails County Park

    Pump Track at Ball Park Commons

    Club needs to be more visible in the community.  As a club we should be approaching local business for their support.  We want to machine build new trails and will need a master plan before we can move forward.   If you are interested in being on the Fundraising committee or able to develop a master plan, please email Metro at metromountainbikers@gmail.com

    We would love to hear from you on to develop our vision.   Ideas?   What would you like to see? 

    It was suggested by a member to email out information to members on what is happening in the club or what is needed.    Not everyone uses social media and therefore don’t always know what is going on.  If we are looking for more participation we need to use all media outlets to engage members.   James did commit to sending email out monthly Meeting Minutes and future asks of members.

    Hugh Jass Races

    We are looking for volunteers to set up tent at the event.  Not looking for you to stand under it and promote Metro the whole time but rather for a spot to hang out.  The questions of “who is Metro” will come naturally.   Just need to be visible on our trail systems.    Right now everything is housed in our warehouse aka Marty’s garage.  If you are interested just email the club and we’ll make sure you have it for your event.   

    Alpha/Kegel Race is on February  9th 9am to 3pm-ish

    James to email request for volunteers to take tent

    We will consider purchasing another tent for the group up north so they don’t have to drive as far to get the tent for events up north. 

    Other Events

    Frosty Hog  2/2 at Humboldt Park

    Wheel and Sprocket Bike Expo April 4th – 7th

    Looking for a new Team to run the Wednesday Night Races in summer of 2019.   We would like to give the old crew a break after all these years.   Please let us know if you are interested.   James to email this out to all members.

    Winter Fat Biking

    Looking for a snowshoe group that will volunteer to snow shoe if we ever get snow, who’s interested????    If so just email Metro!  We would like to have a group that we can consistently rely on snowshoe our trails.

    James to email this out to all members

    It might be a good idea to have signage so the hikers don’t think its okay for them to hike on the MTB trails.   The GEARS group has sample signage they can share. 

    Ball Park Commons Committee update

    Marty reported for committee.   Milwaukee is still looking to fill the Trail Coordinator position.  Please understand that we are not able to make new trails on our own without the okay from the county.    And this will not happen until they get the position filled.  They have 5 candidates they are currently interviewing so we hope that this will happen sooner than later.  Our push in the Milwaukee County Plan is to building new trials higher up so we don’t have the flood like in the past. 

    We did meet with Wheel and they have hired Jeremy Witek to design the pump track with Zimmerman.  The cost will be split between, Zimmerman, Wheel, and Metro.

    Other Business

    Financial update:  Harold gave an update on finance status of the club as it stands today.   See hand-out. 

    Update on the Bike Bazaar:   Slow but did get approached to partner with the MKE NICA team to help with skills clinic.  It would need to be in Milwaukee since it is expensive for them to travel.   Their NICA team falls under the schools Athletics department and they want more trails.  Will need to follow up with Paul and Nick.    The kids also want to help build or do trail maintenance.  Most kids are 14 and over so would be covered by our insurance.  Would be a great way to expand our community involvement!    We also sold some socks – donation back to club $25

    Donation:  Marty presented the Club with a check for $355 from the Beer Sales at last month’s Meeting!   Thank you Marty!!!!

    Nashotah Park winter fat bike trails:   It was asked of the group if winter fatbike trails could be possible at Nashotah Park.  There are sections of the trail that don’t see much use and would be great to bike on.       We are working with Waukesha County Parks to develop more trails and Nashotah would be great addition.  However, the Waukesha Parks likes to have separate trial systems so we would have to change the use of that current trail or create new trails specific for mountain biking.   Since the county parks development staff is basically all new we are working to establish a strong relationship with them and the first step is with Minooka.  Once we have this ironed out we can start asking about possible trails elsewhere. 

    Meeting Adjourned.

     

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  • 15 Nov 2018 12:23 PM | Beth Kazinski

    November 2018 Metro Meeting

    11/13/2018

    Benno’s

    West Allis, WI

    36 members in attendance

    Thank you Marty Weigel for hosting the Metro Meeting at Benno’s and for the very generous donation from the Sprecker beer sales to the Club.   It was certainly a delicious way to donate. 

    Introduction of Board Members

    Election of Board positions

    Co-Chair:  Responsibilities will be working directly with Chair, running Agenda for Metro business meetings.  Co-chair normally picks up responsibilities and/or delegates where other board positions aren’t filled. 


    Ballot Nominations:        Collin Stevens

    2 Member at Large Positions:  Responsibilities have not been assigned.  That is something the board will determine after the election.  Our hope is that one will help with fundraising and the other social media but this has not been determined.

    Ballot Nominations:        Ron Stawicki, current position holder

    Chris McArdle, current position holder

    Treasurer:  This individual will be responsible for financial accounts and reporting; expenses, income, cash flow, etc.  They are also responsible for maintaining/renewing our 501c3 status and insurance. 

    Ballot Nominations:        Harold Schmidt, current position holder

                                            Dan Kutz

    Social Media chair:   This individual will be responsible for updating and marketing through all social media channels. 

    Ballot Nomination:          Darrin Jaeger

    Social Events Chair:  This individual will do event planning -schedule and organize.  There will be other members to help carry out the event but we need this person to spearhead monthly social meetings, rides, trips, etc.…..

    Ballot Nominations:        James Mattox

    Volunteer Coordinator:  This individual will track all volunteer hours for Metro and send to both Waukesha and Milwaukee county as needed.    They will also work with the Social Events Chair with gathering volunteers to help with events including trail work days. 

    Ballot Nominations:        Chris Cooper

    Future Partnership. Future Trails

    Rich Ramsey from Gears United attended our meeting.  They pulled away from IMBA as well and are looking to join Metro as a sub-chapter.  The West Bend Parks are looking for GEARS United to help develop new purpose built trails and the park’s director wants machine built trails.   This is where Metro’s strength as an organization can help move GEARS United and the Park’s request forward.   As a sub-chapter they would be under our umbrella for Insurance and 501c3 status.   This of course will help them with fundraising for the new trails.   For Metro, this would mean expanding our membership as well as our footprint.  We would be working together for a stronger voice for mountain biking.

    GEARS United maintains the New Fane, Glacial Blue, and Pleasant Valley.   “Gears United”  encompasses  3 MTB Clubs; (OCMB) Ozaukee County Mountain Bikers Club, (GEARS) Glacial Edge Area Riding Society in Washington County,  and Fat Kats Mountain Bike Club of Sheboygan County. 

    GEARS hosts a Tuesday Night Ride and would love to have us join them.   Great opportunity to get to know the trails as well as the individuals who maintain them. 

    Minooka Park Committee Update

    James and Ron reported.   Minooka park is looking to expand the trails from beach to parking area 5 to help alleviate parking by the trail-head.  Included in this plan is a re-route and design of the trail-head.  A few board members were out flagging the area over the past couple of weeks.  The naturalist needed to go through to make sure we weren’t “stepping” on any precious plants/trees.   So far she hasn’t found any issues with the flagged areas which means the park will be able to clear-out the flagged route to prep for a spring build.    Now we have a goal to fund raise for.   

    Ball Park Commons Committee update

    Marty reported for committee.   Milwaukee is still looking to fill the Trail Coordinator position.  Anyone interested should contact the county.  We could use an advocate!     Milwaukee is working on the alternative line for the trail which should be in before snow files on hill. 

    Hoyt and Tosa Trails

    Metro volunteers worked this past weekend doing some re-routing on the Tosa trails.  There is a new section on the southbound leg (south of the pool) just before the 2 way section.  This new re-route should be safer for all users.    Also we continue to see sign vandalism at Hoyt.

    Dirty 30

    Marty and a few others did venture down to Bentonville for the Dirty 30.  Amazing what they have accomplished with the support of local business.    It would certainly benefit sending one or two Milwaukee/Waukesha county officials to this event next year so they can see what building trails will do for the community.    Let’s bring Bentonville here!

    Up-coming Social Events

    • Santa Ramp-up:  November 25th in West Bend brought to you by Gears United.  Meet at West Bend Tap & Tavern at 10am.   There will be about 5 stops with one stop including free PIZZA!
    • Turkey Hurl:  Thanksgiving Day social ride at Tosa trails.  Hosted by Marty Weigel.  Meet at Hoyt at 8pm and  bring lights!
    • Hugh Jass Race:   Minooka on November 24th.    Need volunteers to work the tent that afternoon, even if it’s only before and after the race. Please let Chris Cooper know if you are available at help. 
    • Milwaukee Bike Bazaar:  Dec 8th at 9am to 3pm  Riverside University, 1615 E. Locust Ave, Milwaukee.   It is now a fundraiser for the High School and Middle School Mountain Bike Programs for Milwaukee.   So please come out and show your support.  100% of the Proceeds go to the Kids!

    50/50 raffle

    Marty pulled the winning ticket and choose to donate the funds back to Metro.   Thanks for another $160 Marty, very generous of you!

    9:07pm Meeting Adjourned. 

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  • 11 Oct 2018 8:13 AM | Beth Kazinski

    October 2018 Metro Meeting

    10/9/2018

    Wheel & Sprocket  

    Hales Corners, WI

    19 members in attendance

    Mission Statement

    Metro Mountain Bikers is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to safeguarding the future of mountain biking through the preservation and promotion of responsible off-road bicycling opportunities.  Which includes the education, sponsoring events, trail construction, and trail maintenance.

    Introduction of Board Members

    IMBA Update. 501c3

    It took sometime but we are formally approved and have our non-profit tax status.  We received our last dues check for past memberships from IMBA in the amount of $1980. This brings the total to somewhere around $3400.  There might be some stray memberships for the quarter but the majority of the funds are now received.   Isaac will delete IMBA reference from all Social Media and John has already drafted the letter that will go out to IMBA.  ALL membership dues will go directly to OUR trails. You can still be a member of IMBA, but if would be a separate membership from Metro.  

    Minooka Park Update

    James and Ron met with the leadership team from the Park.  These are the individuals making the decisions of Minooka’s future vision.    First order of business was the contract we received.  It was not intended for future builds but rather a maintenance agreement for the current trails.   This was a huge relief in that the Park is not limiting us to hand tools, they actually want machine built trails.   Needless to say it was a great meeting and the Park sees the benefits of developing more MTB trails. 

    We were presented the master plan with the Park’s 5 year  vision.  (See handout).  In addition to the MTB trails and a pump track, the park is looking to add several new features ; group camping, amphitheater, natural area, including re-naturalizing the cornfield.   The water pump station is priority one and needs to be completed in Spring.    We as a club need to get our expansion plans for the current trails to them for approval.  Once approved, we can start adding features to the current trails.     FUNDRAISING will need to start!  

    Need to get Minooka Committee together sooner than later.    Include Darrin in as builder/designer to get a plan together for the park. 

    Phase 1 will be the new trail head.    This phase should include a session area and flow trails that come down to the trailhead.   We will need to get a dollar amount for this and then start fundraising over the winter so by early spring we can start building to ride in June.  

    While working on Phase 1, we will also be looking at trail contractors for our new trails.  Need to get a design and cost together for the Park…….then fundraising!!!!


    Are you good at grant writing or know someone who is?    If so, please contact Metromountainbikers@gmail.com

    Ball Park Commons update

    Dave reported for committee.   It was there first time meeting since the construction started.

    The pump track is still the main focus for us.  Stuart is working on cost analysis for lighting the pump track.   Once we have we can determine how to fundraise for this project. 

    They are looking to have the Oak Leaf trail extension to connect to new facility for obvious reasons. 

    They did discuss the trailhead being adjacent to the Kegel/Alpha trail.   We have not made any progress in regards to adding new trails to this system due to lack of trail coordinator.  The word is soon.   The county did have a trails assessment done last year so we are going to try and get ahold of this. 

    Construction is behind, I would assume due to weather. 

    Fall Clean-up of the trails

    Watch for posts on FB and Metro site on upcoming trail days.  

    Winter Fat Biking

    Looking for a dedicated group who loves snowshoeing to groom trails.   Better riding when trails are groomed. 

    Open board positions coming  

    All positions are two year terms.

    • ·         Co-Chair
    • ·         Member at Large (2) – these positions will have specific duties assigned
    • ·         Volunteer Coordinator -  Coop has taken this on temporarily for us.  Thank you Coop! 
    • ·         Treasurer
    • ·         Social Event Coordinator

    Elections are held at the November 13th Metro Meeting at Benno’s in West Allis.     Benno’s will also donate proceeds from beer sales to the club so join us for what’s on the agenda for 2019, nominate someone for a position ,  volunteer, or just donate by having a couple of beers.    Hope to see you all next month!

    8:23pm Meeting Adjourned. 

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  • 11 Sep 2018 11:11 PM | Beth Kazinski

    Sept 2018 Metro Meeting

    9/11/2018

    Café de Arts

    Waukesha, WI

    16 members in attendance

    Mission Statement

    Metro Mountain Bikers is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to safeguarding the future of mountain biking through the preservation and promotion of responsible off-road bicycling opportunities.  Which includes the education, sponsoring events, trail construction, and trail maintenance.

    Introduction of Board Members

    IMBA Update. 501c3

    It took sometime but we are formally approved and have our non-profit tax status.  We received $250 back from the IRS.  With this approval we were able to get back our membership dues that IMBA was holding.   We received our first check from IMBA for $1200.   Another check is due the club for an additional $1980.  Once we receive that we will formally announce our intension to no longer be a sub-chapter of IMBA.  Then ALL membership dues will go directly to our trails. You can still be a member of IMBA, but if would be a separate membership from Metro.  

    Fundraising Committee

    Now that we have our non-profit status we will need to start forming a fundraising committee.   In order to build new trails we need the money.    Let’s start thinking about the right individual to head this committee as well as its committee members.     We are looking at building 4 new trail systems in the next 4 years and need to raise the funds to make it happen. It will take more participation from our 300 members to make this happen.   If you are interested, or know someone who would be a good fit for this position, please contact the board at metromountainbikers@gmail.com

    We see this person being an outgoing individual who is good at approaching businesses and able to discuss/present our plans in a proficient way.    The board would set strategy for project and committee would develop methods to fundraise with a purpose.   

    Minooka Update 

    Everyone on the Parks committee is new so we are basically updating them all on what Metro is as well as mountain biking in general.  The Park did give Metro a new MOU and we as a board hashed through it.  There are a lot of redlines and we have a meeting with the Parks committee to review/discuss the MOU next week.   Besides the legal aspects to the MOU  we are requesting permission  to use machines to build trails and not just hand tools.  The Park is working on a redesign due to the water substation at the south end and will be present their new concept at this meeting.   

    Ball Park Commons update

    Construction has slowed due to the very wet weather we were having.  The project looks to be delayed by 2 months for opening.  However, the land and plan is still in place to develop the pump track and possibly some additional areas down the road.           
    If anyone is interested in being on this committee we still have spots available, just contact James or the board at metromountainbikers@gmail.com

    Reoccurring Social Events

    • ·         Odd Tuesday Rides

    Next ride is Sept 18th.  This is a social no drop ride that will be hosted by James.  Time is 6pm at Minooka.   Bring lights if you plan on doing a couple laps.

    • ·         Wednesday Night Races

    Wednesday races have come to an end.  It was a great season with a lot of new riders.   We like to thank Wheel & Sprocket for sponsoring the event.

    Open board positions coming  

    All positions are two year terms.

    ·         Co-Chair

    ·         Member at Large (2) – these positions will have specific duties assigned

    ·         Volunteer Coordinator -  Coop has taken this on temporarily for us.  Thank you Coop! 

    ·         Treasurer

    ·         Social Event Coordinator

    Elections are held at the November Metro Meeting. 

    Open Discussion

    Tosa farmers market is this weekend.  John Buran will be manning the Metro tent from 8-12 if anyone would like to join him and help get the word out.   Not to mention volunteer hours.

    $250 donation from the last Bikesha to the Club

    James posed a question to members in attendance.    Which would you rather see when looking at the future of the club?

    • 1)      Metro focusing on maintaining and building within current trail systems?  (Minooka, Tosa, Ball Park, River Glen)
    • 2)    Metro focusing on building new trail systems while maintaining current systems?

    Majority in attendance voted for #2, building new trail systems while maintaining current.


    Both have their appeal to certain groups.  Building new features within existing systems is great for current membership that utilizes these trails; however, finding new areas to develop would also draw in new memberships from outside of our existing footprint.  

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  • 12 Jul 2018 8:30 PM | Beth Kazinski

    July 2018 Metro Meeting

    7/10/2018

    Beer Snobs

    Hartland, WI

    15 members in attendance

    Mission Statement

    Metro Mountain Bikers is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to safeguarding the future of mountain biking through the preservation and promotion of responsible off-road bicycling opportunities.  Which includes the education, sponsoring events, trail construction, and trail maintenance.

    Trail Signs – Approved by board

    Trail signs are made (15 of each) to place at all trail heads now we just need people to go put them out.   Signs will need to be out at a minimum for WORS race. 

    Minooka:  Bob volunteered to put out just need to get them James. 

    Isaac has a “Trail work ahead” sign that he uses during Collectivo work days. 

    Tosa :  Chris C. is looking to schedule a Tosa work day next week so will put them out then.  Marty needs to get approval from the city trail council before they go out.   Meeting should be this Thursday and Marty will let us know.    Not sure how long they will last there.   Maybe not put in woods but located closer to the beer garden. 

    Alpha/Kagel:   Just need approval and volunteer to put them up. 

    Social Media update – John Schultz

    John not in attendance.  People like the new look and feel of the site and posts.  BUT need more material  for John to keep it going.      Please share your pics and video of your rides at the trails with John so he can incorporate them into web-site and social media outlets.   You can send to  John at metromountainbikers@gmail.com

    Open Committee positions

    • ·         Social Events Chair – responsible for social rides and social meetings.  If you are interested please contact the Board! 

    Current Membership – Goal is 1,000

    Currently 150 active

    James had some feedback from members that want to see stuff happen before joining.  Understandable.  

    Suggestions on how we can bring in new member’s?  What do they need?  Want?

    Matt suggested getting families involved.  Maybe organized social events designed around families.  Examples;  kids ride or skills clinic.    Brian and Matt will get together and brainstorm on an event geared around families and will let board know what day/times they are thinking so we can assist.

    What about NICA families?   Can we assist here?   Must use our trails – train on the trails.  How can we ask them to be members and help us build new trails for them to ride, train, and race on?   Maybe we can start with the coaches?   Maybe attend their meetings?  Offer skills/ride Clinic? 

    Are we asking our friends and fellow riders to become members?   If not, we should be.   Share Metro Membership Posts on your FB and Instagram pages.  Get the word out!

    Join Metro Flyer

    Created by Mike Vance and Darrin Jaeger.  They are still in the process of getting word smithed.  Once available we can use to handout on trails, NICA training nights at Minooka,  a leave behind basically.   The flyers will point them to our web-site. 

    Recurring Social Events

    ·         Odd Tuesday Rides:   We need volunteers! This is a no drop event and should be promoted as such.   Volunteers are to host the ride and to promote club membership and participation.  They can host at Alpha, Minooka, or Tosa trail systems.  Contact board!

    o   Next Odd Tuesday Ride hosted by Dan Kuhts at Tosa JULY 17TH weather permitting

    • ·         Wednesday Night Races.:    Cost to race is $20 for non-members and $5 for members.    REMINDER:  it is only $40 for a single membership.  

    o   Next race at Minooka on Wednesday JULY 27th

    Tosa Famers Market

    Need volunteers to man the booth.   Should be the first weekend in August. 

    Take Aways:

    • 1         Ask friends to join

    • 2         Reach out to NICA coaches

    • 3         Refine our message

     

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