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  • 18 Jun 2021 7:21 AM | Beth Kazinski

    June 15th 2021  7pm

    Wheel & Sprocket - Franklin

    28 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

    James Mattox, Chair - absent              Ron Stawicki, Member at Large

    Dave Burch, Co-Chair                          Isaac Olson, Member at Large

    Dan Kutz, Treasurer                             Chris McArdle, Member at Large - absent

    Beth Kazinski, Secretary                      Eric Hackbarth – OCMB - absent

    Election of New Board Members

    • Next Election this November 2021 for 2022 positions
    • If you are interested in a Board position, please contact the below individuals for more details.
    • Positions up for renewal
      Co-Chair  ( Dave will move to Chair)
      Beth Kazinski, Secretary 
      Ron Stawicki, Member at Large
       Chris McArdle, Member at Large


    Treasurer Update – Dan Kutz

    • 173 Paid Members 
    • Working on an Annual Budget to layout yearly expenditures and incorporate Heritage & Minooka builds.
    • Upcoming Expenditures approved in last Board meeting:
    $1000 (approx. 10) for new tools.  A lot of volunteers, not enough tools. Thanks Volunteers!!
    $2800 for new Container and painting for Minooka, old shed was broken into.

    Milwaukee County Parks Update  - Dave Burch

    • MKE Trail Coordinator, Jessica Wineberg was not able to make it but we are working on having her attend our meetings, so she has a better understanding of our mission and the enthusiasm of our membership to have local trails.  We would like a better relationship with MKE.
    • Parks Amendment / Right of Entry Permit has been fully approved and we are good until next year when we need to re-apply.   The process should be smoother next year now that we have gone through the process and now what to do and what to expect.
    • Fall of next year the 3 season review should be completed by Parks
    • Marty was not present to let us know when Alpha 2.0 workdays will resume.  Keep an eye out on FB page for updates.

    Heritage Trail Update - Chris Shay

    • Chris had a great PowerPoint presentation for us – pictures included as well as number of volunteer hours – well over 500 already!   It included a new proposed budget for phase one.
    • Scheduled workdays will be posted as usual.   Thank you to all the volunteers!!!
    • Link to presentation. Heritage Trails - Slinger WI Project Update - Google Slides

     Minooka Park Project Update  -Dave Burch

    • Meeting with County – No update from James.  However, status was given to the Parks with an estimated time frame for staging area to be completed in late Fall of 2022 or Spring of 2023.  Fundraising has been a challenge due to Covid.

    Pleasant Valley and Port Washington Trail Update- Eric Hackbarth

    • Heads up – Local NICA practices will be starting this coming Tuesday and Thursday.  Teams from Cedarburg, Grafton, Mequon, Port Washington & Washington County.  They are particularly good at breaking up into groups and spreading out but keep in mind the parking lot and trails will be busy.

    Volunteer Coordinator – Dave Cullbertson

    • Dave Cullbertson was not present to update on total volunteer hours year to date. 
    • Please contact Dave with any hours that you have put in.
    • 20 hours gets a Trail Fairy shirt.  What color for last year???

    NICA Update

    • Workdays for NICA kids.  One was completed up at Heritage and one coming to Minooka soon.

    Old Business

    • Wednesday Night Races – Stuart is willing to move forward but needs someone from Metro to assist in getting started.  Insurance needs to be in place before we can move forward.  Dan Kutz volunteer to help get started.
    • Social Event in May – Beth - We had 8 members that came out to Raised Grain in lieu of our social ride since Minooka was closed.  Pizza, beer, and lots of talk on where we are all riding next.  Thanks for coming out!

    New Business

    • Milwaukee County Video Project. Collin Buth stepped up to put together a video for Metro to present and update Milwaukee County Parks on what we do and what we provide to the communities.   Let’s start at Kegel-Alpha.  Looking to get Marty to schedule a small workday to do some filming and discussion around sustainable trails.  We need to make sure we get our message out to the county board members and community not just the Parks.
    • Membership Committee Chair.   Josh Pollack stepped up to head our membership drive.  Josh will work with the members of the board on ideas to drive membership.   
    • Next Meeting Social Event, July 30th at Heritage Trails.  Look for the Metro Tent!  The Park is having a beer garden and we will be hosting a ride on the new trails that will open with our Trail Guide John Slawny.

    Meeting adjourned 8:09pm


  • 4 May 2021 9:29 AM | Beth Kazinski

    April 2021 Metro Meeting

    04/27/2021

    Benno’s

    West Allis, Wi

    27 members in attendance

    David did board introductions

    Present:                                             Absent: 

    James Mattox                                  Chris McArdle

    Dave Burch                                      Isaac Olsen

    Dan Kutz

    Beth Kazinski

    Ron Stawicki     

    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.   

    Elections:

    November 2020 Elections were postponed due to Covid.  Everyone please start thinking about participating and if you have any questions on what a particular position entails, just contact us.  Positions up for election:

    Co-Chair, Dave Burch will move into Chair position

    Secretary, Beth Kazinski

    Member at Large, Ron Stawicki

    Member at Large, Chris McArdle

    Financial Report – Dan Kutz

    Club is in a strong position.  $37,800

    Insurance renewal this month of $3,142.  There really is only one Company that insures clubs like us.  We tried shopping around.  This does include heavy equipment. 

    Membership is holding steady at 192 paid members.  Up from last year

    Donation of $75 from last year’s Banquet  

    Milwaukee County Parks Update – Marty & Dave

    Kegel Alpha - Dave has been working on the MKE Right of Entry Permit that is required to be completed every year going forward. This gives Metro permission to maintain trails and signage in their parks.  This was the first event that that halted the Kegel Alpha workdays.   Dave has completed and submitted to MKE Parks.  The second item was the bill presented by the county supervisors on behalf of the neighbors that boarder the park.   The board voted and it did NOT pass 8-10.  Close.   We appreciate everyone who wrote their city officials on behalf on keeping the trails and how important they are to the communities.  

    We will be scheduling a meeting with the supervisors to walk the trails before we schedule more workdays to complete the new 2.0 project. 

    Eagle scout project on signage at Kegel Alpha will resume.  We are hoping to have this done by June but TBD.

    We also need to do an Annual Report on work completed and what we are planning for the coming year.

    Suggestion of putting together a video to update county supervisors on what is happening at Alpha and other parks.  Might be a better way to communicate then a typed letter that most likely doesn’t get read. 

    Tosa Trails.  Watch for workdays coming on Oak Hill 3.  Oak Hill 4 is going through its 3-season review with MKE Parks.  Should be through in 2022.  The Baja is being rebuilt again and Parks is aware.  We are trying to get a bike park legitimized somewhere because there is certainly a want/need for it. 

    Minooka Park Update - James

    Phase 1 – gateway sign.  All the lumber is delivered and on site.  The sign will be facing the new parking lot with trails behind it on the hill.   We will be doing some clean up over the next couple of weeks and holes for the new sign should be in next week. 

    Dave has been working diligently on fundraising with local business to help fund the staging area.  It will have 50 to 80 stalls much like the parking lot in area 5.  Suburban Asphalt is donating the materials which will save us a lot of money.    He is also working with local service clubs and Waukesha County community organizations.    Remember we need additional parking before we can build out the bike park because there isn’t enough parking as it is.  Park can’t fund the project for 10 years, so we needed to fundraise get the bike park in sooner. 

    Heritage Trail Update – James

    Good news, it already has a parking lot!   James with Shore Line Trails has been out rough cutting a trail already and soon will need to schedule workdays to do the finish work.  Gavin McCloud has been out building the jump lines in the bike park section.   We are hoping to open in August.   

    Future expansion will include 3 more miles of trail then connect to Glacial Hills.  This is a 10-year plan. 

    OCMB Trails – Eric Hackbarth sent update

    Pleasant Valley

    •  Just completed switching out a 16ft length of the bridge over the creek on the advanced loop.  It took a direct hit from a large, downed tree floating down the creek and was severely damaged.  Repair successful and bridge is in good shape.  Also, several other adding boardwalks will have work done to replace pieces starting to rot.
    • The log jump on the 2-way stretch on the intermediate loop was built up to a tabletop end of last year
    • The log jump on the 2-way stretch on the advanced loop is being built up to something similar.  Work is in progress
    • Look for upgrades to the skills course pieces next to the kids loop by the shelter.  

    Port Trails

     We have identified more potential new trail along the bluffs and will be requesting permission to flag and get approval to put in. Probably about a half mile segment.  Overlooks the marina so it will be pretty.

    • We will be seeking approval to put a line of turfstone across the main creek crossing.  This will help maintain a consistent surface to go across.
    • Eagle Scout Project.  A local scout will be designing/building/installing a kiosk bulletin board at the trailhead at the Guenther park parking lot.

    Fat Bike Grooming – Bryan Douglas, Chair

    Thank you to everyone who helped groom and snowshoe.  We are still deciding for next year if we should have snowshoeing at Minooka due to it NOT being a mutli-use trail.  It sends the wrong message to those that are hiking that they can walk on the MTB trails.   All other trails it definitely helped!

    We do need to look at storage for the Snowdog at Minooka.  It is a haul to get it from the barn to area 5.  Something we need to discuss with the Park.  We are also looking at transportation and upgrades for faster grooming process next year. 

    Heritage trails was a great add for this past season.  CALL OUT!   When purchasing a Washington County Sticker there is an option to donate to the MTB trail so please donate!!

    Volunteer – Dave Cullbertson

    We have a new Volunteer Coordinator Dave Cullbertson who was not present.  Dave records hours and collects waivers.  Make sure to send to him.  The counties use these hours toward grants and donations. 

    With 20 volunteer hours you get a “trail fairy” shirt.  So, send those hours in!  We will have to review for 2020 and get shirts ordered.

    Other Business

    Marty asked about Wednesday Night Races.  Stuart Scholz stepped up to run the event.  It may not be every Wednesday and may or may not be traveling but we will have something.  Dan Kutz volunteer to help Stuart when he can.  Stay tuned!!!  Need to talk to Wheel about insurance for the event. 

    Shed at Minooka was broken into, but nothing was stolen.  We do need to replace but not sure if we should buy another shed or POD.  Will be discussed at Board meeting and with Parks. 

    Next meeting will be a social meeting end of May. 

    8:59pm Meeting adjourned.


  • 13 Mar 2020 7:27 PM | Beth Kazinski

    March 2020 Metro Meeting

    03/10/2020

    Beer Snobs

    Hartland, Wi

    18 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

    Present:

    James Mattox

    Dave Burch

    Dan Kutz

    Beth Kazinski

    Ron Stawicki

    Chris McArdle

    Absent:

    Isaac Olson

    Membership Renewal

    Membership renewals should be going out automatically.  A year is from the date that you became a member.   You can always go to the web-site www.metromountainbikers.com to check and see when your membership is up for renewal.

    Trail Conditions/Maintenance

    It seems to be working well updating the trail conditions on the Metro Facebook page and pushing to each group page. We will continue to do this through-out the summer.  Trails are closed for spring thaw.  Hopefully we can get out soon to walk the trails to see what maintenance needs to be done and if/when they would be rideable. 

    Milwaukee County had stated they didn’t have the resources to remove the large trees anymore, so we are trying to figure out what this means and if so then we will have to do it.   We are looking for NICA to help do the trimming at the Tosa Trails since they seem to get overgrown quickly.  Stay tuned and watch the specific trail pages workdays.

    Signage

    There was obviously a need to for fat bike signage at Minooka.  This was the first year for grooming and people didn’t realize that the groomed trails were for bikes and not hiking.  We certainly put enough out there so it should be obvious that its for bikes.    

    Minooka Park Update - James

    James went over why we need to put in a Staging Area and not the park.    Staging area is for educational and recreational activities including mountain biking.  A parking lot is for cars.

    Before the “Staging Area” goes in, Ron and James are working on the proposed plan on the new trail head and re-routes to give to the Park.  There will be a lot of dirt work to start.   They will be renting equipment for a weekend and will try to do as much machine work as possible but will need volunteers for manual work as well.    It might be something that NICA can help with. 

    We will also need volunteers to help with the features from Little Switz.  Right now, we are figuring out how to get them to the Park.  We need to have the new trail head and features in before the Ribbon Cutting in June.

    Dave is working on fundraising in the forms of County Grants, DNR, and Stewardship funds.  Some of these grants leverage volunteers’ hours so make sure you get them into Chris Cooper!  We will also approach the Kegel Foundation and Peoples for Bikes.  If you are interested in fundraising, let Dave know he certainly can you our help. 

    We will also have a FAQ on our website to help Members with why and what is occurring with the fundraising projects.

    Bike Expo

    Bike expo is coming up and Chris has out on the website a sign-up sheet.  You should be able to select the time/day you are able to work.   The booth will be about the same as last year but with foam boards of each trail system that Darrin is currently working on.  We probably won’t have the video playing this year.  Hoping to get a spot by the fat bikes since we will have the groomer in the booth.  We will also have the donation tube since we did raise $200 last year toward the groomer.   Member ask if we could have laptop available for people to sign up.  It can be something we can look at doing. We need to make sure we have WiFi available.

    NICA

    Practice starts in July with races in starting in September.   Within their season we can let coaches know where and when trail work needs to be done.  Chris C. has the document in Google Docs for each trail head to completed to let them know what needs to be work-on.

    Grooming

    Everyone agree it was grooming at Minooka and Pleasant Valley was awesome?  It wasn’t easy getting through the single-track sections and it added on hours to the process, but it was certainly worth it.    

    We are working on extending out the exhaust system to move it away from the person running it.  We did have a member step up that will do it for us. 

    We would like to have more grooming options but are limited by one machine and volunteer time.  We are looking at Nagawaukee golf course for next year.  Three to four options are max.  We would have to pay off this machine before looking at purchasing another.  We would like to expand but need to be smart about it.

    Wick Field

    Marty has been in touch with a small group that are looking for support in building trails behind Wick Field.  They have started on their own already.   The land is about 14 acres with 90’ vertical slope.  They are calling it Hobo Hills.  The land is property of the City of Milwaukee.  They don’t have written approval to develop the property but a verbal interest in allowing MTB trails there.   The Alderman is on board.   They would like to get help from Metro on building out trails and maybe putting in some features and put together a master plan.    Marty is trying to get a meeting together with them and our board members to discuss opportunity.     Would be helpful for us to walk the property. 

    James Mattox motioned to allow the board to explore possibility participating in developing and maximizing the use of the property for MTB trials.  2nd by Dan Kutz, all board members present voted yes.  No Nays.  Motion carried. 

    Open Floor

    Membership appreciation banquet is this Sunday at Raised Grain.  We’ll be having Pizza and door prizes.  This is a free event for Members Only. 

    Charlie, member in attendance, brought up that Mt. Olympia in Oconomowoc is looking at putting MTB down hill trails on the hill.  No metro involvement but exciting to hear, nonetheless.

    Heritage trails is still moving along but no additional update.  Still waiting for the ground to thaw before any work can start.  Looking to have trails done in July.

    Wednesday night races -  James is working with an individual who is interested in running the Wednesday night races.   He has a racing club in Milwaukee – not mtb.    His main reason for wanting to do this is to keep kids on bikes.  Outside of WORS there really isn’t any other races for the kids to participate in.    James did explain the partnership with Wheel & Sprocket, and he is fine with that.  It would still be promoted as a Metro Event.  Would like to incorporate all 3 trail systems and have an overall series winner.   We would give it one year and see how it goes.   Still need to finalize some details and will go to the board.

    Meeting adjourned 8:34pm


  • 16 Jan 2020 6:50 PM | Beth Kazinski

    January 2020 Metro Meeting

    01/14/2020

    Café De Arts

    Waukesha, Wi

    19 members in attendance

     

    James did board introductions and turned the meeting over to Dave Burch our new Co-Chair

    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.   

    Financial Report – Dan Kutz was not present

    James touched base from our board meeting regarding total funds in the bank account.  Around $27k and we still have some donations for the groomer to add.   We still need about $2500 in donations to finish paying off the groomer and added maintenance costs.  You can donate on Metro’s site and receive a receipt.  We do have some projects coming up but won’t require much funding.    We don’t have any requirements to liquidate funds but if we went over $100k in the account we would be required to do annual reporting.

    Membership is holding steady around 250 members, up about 2%

    Some ideas were given for adding members since there are over 1200 people that follow Minooka page alone.  The thought is to pool the individuals on each page to see why they aren’t members and what they are looking for in order to become one.  

    Leadership (Board) Meeting Update

    James gave the members a brief update from our recent board meeting.  Some of the items discussed were:

    ·        Minooka Park Project – discussed strategy to complete and formed a fundraising committee

    ·        Trail signage – we want to have all trail systems with consistent signage and are looking to start with Glacial Blue.  Of course, we are working on a design to give to the landowners for their approval.  It would be great for riders to have a sense of direction at Glacial Blue.  Make your own adventure without getting lost.

    ·        E-Bikes – discussed the boards stance on allowing off-road e-bikes on trails.  We were all for it if it’s only Class 1 which is pedal assist with max 20mph.

    ·        New Trail in Washington County – Heritage Park.   As you may recall, 2yrs ago the park approached us about building trails.  James and Ron walked the property and it’s viable for trails.   It was put on hold because they wanted to build a lake first but about 3 weeks ago the park came back to us and the lake is out.  They want to move forward right away with the trails.   Board voted to add this new project as a Metro trail.  James will head the project.  The Park has $12k earmarked toward the trails and Gavin (Little Switz build crew) is going to donate his time and equipment to build flow trails with “features”.  Project looking to be completed this summer.     

    ·        Update on Milwaukee Underpass Project - Both Marty and James have been in these meetings and they are moving ahead with this project.   It is more than just a pump track and will allow for other activities.  The “Friends of the Underpass” have asked us to help with future maintenance and possibly using our 501c3 to take donations.   The board agreed if it is simple maintenance and not replacing the asphalt pump track down the road.  Marty believes the attorneys will more than likely set up their own non-profit and possibly hire landscaping company to do maintenance.  But we certainly will help where we can.  Exciting to know this thing really has legs. 

    Alpha Trail Update - Marty

    Marty gave an update on the last meetings he had with Milwaukee County Parks.  However, the county recently decided to have a “3 season rule” where any new projects would not be looked at for 3 seasons.  So, all the flagging we did and then the route they decided on (including the hiking trails) are now on hold (again) for 3 seasons.   They won’t look at Alpha again until Nov of 2020.  They also said they no longer have the resources to chainsaw fallen trees on any of the MTB Trails including Tosa.  It is apparent that MKE County Parks is not interested in building more MTB trails, so we as aboard have decided to table all Milwaukee projects.  We will continue to maintain the trails we currently have but will not use our volunteers time to push for new trails until we can find out what the county’s concerns are with mountain biking.  James and Dave are scheduling a meeting with Milwaukee County Parks to discuss further.

    Minooka Park Update - James

    Minooka project is fully approved and looking to have new trails to ride June.  Of course, spring is always questionable but looking to have a tiller and 2 compactors cutting in the flagged re-routes our volunteers cut in last fall.  This includes the new trail head!  We are planning on putting in a wall ride and other features donated by Little Switz. 

    Once that is complete, we then need to focus on putting in the 60-stall parking lot with sidewalk to the bathrooms.  James is already talking with individuals with connections to contractors and looking to see what we can have donated.  Dave is working on the fundraising for the now “Staging Area Project”. This opens the project to not just a parking lot but more of an educational area for users.   Dave is hoping to have a draft of the project at the next meeting.

    Once the staging area is complete, we are fundraising to have a contractor come in and build out the hill side! 

    Dave Burch is the Chair of our Fundraising Committee so if you are interested in helping, please contact Dave.

    Fat Bike Grooming – Bryan Douglas, Chair

    Ron thanked the grooming crew for getting out and grooming all the trails and keeping their schedules flexible and follow the snow.   We are working on options to better communicate when trails are open and closed.  Minooka is controlled by the Park, they consult us but ultimately it’s up to them.   If someone is out riding when they shouldn’t, please don’t be mean but rather use it to educate them on groomed trails.  Don’t assume they know. 

    If you like the groomed trails, don’t forget to donate on the Metro site to keeps this project moving ahead!

    Volunteer Hours

    Chris Cooper has added the 2020 Volunteer Spreadsheet to the Metro Mountain Bikers Page for volunteer hours to be added.  If you have any 2019 hours to add, please do so before next week.  Chris will be locking out the 2019 one after next week.  We had 930.75 volunteer hours logged for 2019!!!  Thank you to all our volunteers!   You can email your hours to Chris Cooper at cooper4768@hotmail.com   Use subject line “Volunteer Hours”

    NICA Trail Work

    Chris Cooper is the Metro Liaison to NICA in communicating trail needs and scheduling maintenance days for NICA teams.   We will certainly look forward to having the extra hands this spring!   

    New Business

    Marty asked about Wednesday Night Races.  We are still where we were last year, waiting for someone to step up on run it.   Maybe we can look at a timing system to help but we still need a point of contact. 

    Bike Expo.  YES metro will have a booth with the Groomer in it.  We are also looking at revamping the look and making it “brighter”.   We want to be seen!  Maps off all the trails, pics of riders, shredding videos, etc…..We want people to come in and ask who we are.  We will need enthusiastic mountain bikers to help us spread that excitement!

    Beth Kazinski has stepped up to file the Social Media position.   She will be working with James to get a marketing strategy going.     

    Next meeting in February 11th.   It is a social meeting.  We are looking at a night ride at Minooka followed by Raised Grain.  Stay tuned!

    8:29pm Meeting adjourned.


  • 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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