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  • 16 Nov 2022 7:00 PM | Melissa Clark (Administrator)

    Nov 16, 2022 | 7:15pm  Metro MTB Public Meeting

    Raised Grain

    4 Members in attendance

    45 Attendees

    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.

    Board Members

    Chris Shay, Chair

    John Slawny, Co-chair                                            

    Dan Kutz, Treasurer       

    Melissa Clark, Secretary

    Tom Hartman

    Isaac Olson – not present

    Lindsay Carlson – not present

    Eric Hackbarth, Ozaukee County Representative – not present

    Topics:

    Ron Stawicki presented Metro a $920 check representing donations collected from the October Bik-e-Shaw social ride and June’s Bike for Bruch ride. Thanks for Magellan’s on Main Street in Waukesha for hosting these community social rides, providing pizza, to fundraise for our bike trails at Minooka.

    Minooka Storage Shed is currently being permitted and precured. An image of the prefabricated shed was presented. The shed model and color was selected to go with aesthetics of existing park buildings.

    Donations

    •  Washington County have given Metro $13,000 this year for our Heritage Trails
    • Wheel & Sprocket has given a Metro a gift of $5,000 and continues to be a great partner
    •  Metro received an anonymous $5,000 donation
    • Trail work at Heritage is currently mostly donated by our trail builder, Gavin.
    •   We are currently at $37,000 in donations for the year which is phenomenal!

    Hugh Jass Fat Bike Race Series overview

    • Started in 2014 for people to get out and ride in the winter months by Wheel & Sprocket
    •  3.7” or wider tires needed to podium in the races. Narrower tires are allowed to race but you need to have a fat bike to win.
    • 5 events per season
    • t’s the State of Wisconsin’s biggest fat bike race series
    • Usually, 200-300 riders per race
    • Hammerschlagen occurs after each lap (drive a nail into the stump at the end of each lap)
    • First race is this Saturday at our Metro’s Kegel-Alpha Trail in Franklin, flannel theme
    • $40 registration per race

    Trail Fairy of the Month Award presented to Andy Van Sistine. Andy has been leading weekly night rides at Minooka for 5 years! All are welcome. Andy has hosted riders ages 3-72 on the same group ride. Social rider every Thursday at 7:30pm. Typically 20-30 riders/

    Don’t Ride Mud Trails

    • The annual problem during this freeze and thaw time of year when the trails take the worst abuse.
    • Chris Copper shared a fantastic Facebook post about freeze thaw (copied below):  

    A reminder for those that have been around for a while and a little education for those folks newer to the best sport ever. Enjoy. Throughout the winter, but especially in the late Fall and early Spring, you'll often see Freeze/Thaw in the trail conditions. When the temperature is dropping at night, but near or above freezing during the day, the trails can be either fabulous or terrible, so please keep the following in mind:
    • Most of the soil in this area is clay. When this clay soil freezes, the water in the soil expands. When it thaws again, the water contracts and the soil has been aerated. This aerated soil holds more water and becomes mud.
    • When mud gets ridden through, tires push it to the sides of the trail creating ruts. When it freezes overnight then thaws again the next day, riders push the mud further to the sides, creating deeper ruts.
    • After a few cycles of this, the trail is permanently cupped, holding water all the time. With every storm, it erodes more and then trail volunteers must spend valuable time repairing it.
    • As soon as trails start to thaw, which can even happen well below freezing if trails are in the sun, they'll turn into a particularly soupy form of mud and do the most damage to the trail.
    Please only ride the frozen trails early in the day or after dark and avoid anywhere you're leaving a rut and you'll be rewarded with trails that are fast, grippy, and fun. Your trail volunteers and fellow riders will thank you!

    Snow Grooming Update

    • Metro will be snow grooming at Heritage, Minooka and Pleasant Valley this winter
    • Please speak with Bryan Douglas if you’d like to help with grooming: douglasbd14@gmail.com

    Metro Winter Riding Event in the Works

    • Neon Nights – “Lets Glow Crazy”
    • Save the date for Saturday, January 14th, at Minooka
    • Family event
    • Drinks, food, glow sticks
    • Different group roll outs at different times

    Outgoing Board Members & Trail Director Recognition

    • Dan Kutz, Treasurer: Thanks DAN! Dan also led our insurance policy renewals each year.
    • Isaac Olson, Board Member at Large: Managed everything on our website, Trail bot app system, all our of on-line donations. Isaac has served 8+ years on Metro’s board. He is also one of the original trail builders at Minooka.
    • Eric Hackbarth, OCMB (Ozaukee County Mountain Bike) Club Leader for 6 years: Managed all our trail work in Ozaukee County. Our Trail Director at Pleasant Valley.

    2023 Election Results

    • Kerry Norman elected as Metro's new Treasurer
    • Kevin Eccles elected as Board Member at Large

    Meeting adjourned at 8:00 pm


  • 19 Oct 2022 7:15 PM | Melissa Clark (Administrator)

    Oct 19, 2022 | 7:15pm

    Metro MTB Public Meeting

    Ray’s in Tosa

    7 Members in attendance

    62 Attendees

    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.

    Board Members

    Chris Shay, Co-Chair                                                             

    Dan Kutz, Treasurer       

    Melissa Clark, Secretary

    Tom Hartman

    Isaac Olson

    Lindsay Carlson

    Eric Hackbarth, Ozaukee County Representative – not present

    Topics:

    Finance and Membership

    • Metro is fundraising $6,000 for a storage shed at Minooka
    • Heritage fundraising for equipment upkeep and to continue building new trails

    Memberships and Donations are our primary source of funding,

    Trails Update

    Milwaukee County:

    • Trail Work Day this Saturday, 8:30-11am to work on berms at Kegel-Alpha
    • Chris Kegel Foundation working on plans and fundraising on a trail and bike park at Washington Park in Washington
    • Conversations about bike trails development at Milwaukee County’s Doyne Park
    • Hoyt trail re-route from trail erosion from this summer’s flooding is waiting on Milwaukee County Parks’ plant review before trail re-route can be approved. May take weeks or a month. Once approved, the reroute will take a couple work hours and a couple volunteers to re-route.

    Minooka

    • We are currently fundraising for storage shed, $6,000
    • A couple trail work days for entry re-route maybe a berm work session is fall.

    Ozaukee County

    • New features at Port Washington Trails

    Heritage

    •  Our trail builder, Gavin, has been busy working away. He’s built a fly-over and working on a large cannon.
    • Built a bypass over the steep downhill and uphill on switch back on the blue trail.

    Trailbot App for Trail Status

    • Metro has joined the Trailbot app, which has other Wisconsin and a lot of Minnesota trails on the app. The plan is to get out of the work of updating images on Facebook banners and to use Trailbot for trail open/ closure status.

    New Wauwatosa Parks Project –116th Street Park

    • Has Public support
    • Open House, October 27th, 5-7pm open public input/ charrette on park design at the Tosa Department of Public Offices.
    Washington Park Bike Park Loop/ Skills
    • In Milwaukee
    • Sarris foundation has earmarked money for this park
    • Median household income is $27,000 in around the park. We want to bring cycling to an underserved community.
    • Pump track, skills features, and also a green/ blue 1 mile loop around the park.
    • Brainstorm session Nov. 6th at Wheel and Sprocket – we will share with on Metro’s Facebook page.
    • Why Washington Park? The Urban Ecology Center is there and they already run youth programs and rent bikes out to the Community.

    Membership

    • Join Metro and be sure to renew if your membership is expiring.

    Swag (“Stuff We All Get”). Metro is currently taking pre-orders for 3 merchandise items. Proceeds from mech sales goes to our trails:

    • T-shirts
    •  Carhartt stocking hat
    • Sweatshirt

    New Board Nominees

    • 1 Open Board Member at Large and Treasure position
    • Nominations are Open and we are taking nominations until Nov. 2nd:

    o   Kevin Eccles was nominated.
    o   Brent Railsback was nominated
    o   Nick Meulemans was nominated
    o   Ken Cole was nominated

    Snow Grooming

    •  Looking for folks to volunteer to operate snow dog
    • Will be grooming 3 trails: Pleasant Valley, Minooka and Heritage
    • Winter bike events in the works
    • Metro currently owns 2 snowdogs
    • Please contact Bryan Douglas at: douglasbd14@gmail.com or on Facebook if interested in joining Metro’s Snow Grooming Committee.

    Meeting adjourned at 8:30 pm


  • 28 Jul 2022 7:30 PM | Melissa Clark (Administrator)

    July 28, 2022 | 7: 30pm

    Metro MTB Public Meeting & Kegel-Alpha 2.0 Opening

    Wheel & Sprocket, Franklin

    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.

    Board Members

    Chris Shay, Co-Chair                                                             

    Dan Kutz, Treasurer       

    Melissa Clark, Secretary

    Tom Hartman – not present

    Isaac Olson- not present

    Lindsay Carlson

    Eric Hackbarth, Ozaukee County Representative – not present


    Vote for Open Co-Chair Position:  John Slawny voted in as new Metro Co-Chair

    County Updates:

    Minooka Trails

    • Gateway signage installed, re-directing trail entry through gateway.
    • Working on getting e-bikes allowed on the trail officially

    Milwaukee County

    Relationship well with the Parks Department

    Kegel-Alpha 2.0 Update: 
    • Original lap open 25 years ago. Realized that shortly after opening the that the trail that ran along the river was an issue as it often was flooded
    • Metro worked with the Parks Department, environmental analysis, and County Supervisors to get the revised lap open.
    • Downhill switchback were professional machine built by Gravity Logic when the Rock was looking at building a downhill MTB park
    • Trails are not done. We are getting feedback. We will be adding berms.
    Doyne Park, 9-hole golf course which is now closed. County currently getting input for what to do with the park. Would be a great location for a bike park. Can read more here:

    mkecountyparks.org/future-of-doyne-park.

    Ozaukee County

    • Storage shed installed
    •  Trails are in good shape

    Washington Co

    $20,900 forecasted contributions in 2023 for Mountain Bike trails from the County.

    Heritage:

    • Single use, one-directional trail.
    • Fantastic relationship w/ Washington Co.
    • Opened Jump Line flow Trail on May 5th
    • New News:
    • Double Dragon extended another .5 mile on July 3rd
    • Added another drop
    • Added 9+ jumps
    • Now total of 16 jump
    • New Section of trail opened last night back to the parking lot.
    • What’s Next? A Continuous jumpline along blue to the south. Mandatory progressive jumps, no ride around.
    • Heritage is fundraising priority this year

    Treasure/ Budget Update: Most of this year’s expenditures are supporting Heritage, Snowdog and Insurance.     

    New Award:

    • Volunteer of the Year of Award 2021 awarded to James Mattox!
    • Introducing the Inaugural Volunteer Year Award, named after Marty Weigel. We awarded Marty Weigel with Metro MTB’s Lifetime Volunteer Award!

    Meeting adjourned at 8:30 pm



  • 25 May 2022 7:00 PM | Melissa Clark (Administrator)

    May 25, 2022 | 7: 00pm

    Metro MTB Public Meeting

    Ray’s in Tosa

    4 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.

    Board Members

    Chris Shay, Co-Chair                                                           

    Dan Kutz, Treasurer       

    Melissa Clark, Secretary

    Tom Hartman – not present

    Isaac Olson- not present

    Lindsay Carlson

    Eric Hackbarth, Ozaukee County Representative – not present 

    County Updates:

    Minooka Trails

    • o   Trail head signage has been installed
    • o   Metro Storage shed is in progress
    • o   Metro communicated to Waukesha County Parks Department that we are not able to fund a parking lot at Minooka as previously agreed to. The Club targets raising $50,000 annually and a $200,000+ expenditure would preclude any trail development for about four years.

    Milwaukee County

    •  Oak hill 4 is completed. Signage will be coming in next couple of weeks
    • Kegel-Alpha
    • Scheduled works days to be announced.
    • 3-hour works days, Saturday workdays starting at 1pm
    • Kegel-Alpha trail extension should be completed this weekend
    • Eagle Scout signage is ordered; signage install should happen in June. Eagle Scout Go-Fund me to be up and shared soon.
    •  There’s only a few Milwaukee Co trails: Kegel-Alpha, Tosa and River Glen. All multi-use.
    •  New Facebook group BIPOC of MTBers (now renamed MKE Urban MTB Connection) working to bring trails to more urban locations. Metro made a major push for Milwaukee River Trails years ago. Lots of tough obstacles. May be worth a revisit now.
    •  Parks department announced they’re closing the golf course at Doyne Park. Milwaukee Co is seeking input on future use. Great spot for a multi-sport park including MTB, BMX, cyclocross and pump track. Central urban location may help with previous topic.

    Ozaukee County

    • Storage shed installed
    • Trails are in good shape

    Heritage Trails

    If you haven’t been up to Heritage Trails, get up and ride the trails! The County relationships has been great! Mountain Biking is the #1 priority for Heritage Trail Park. Heritage has SE Wisconsin’s first flow trails and jumps.

    We just opened the new Black Line, Double Dragon. The new flow trail getting all the attention which has 7 jumps and 4 drops!

    What’s coming up this year?

    • Adding another ¾ of a mile this year to Double Dragon
    • Adding dedicated jump line
    • Take on me, steep decent will get a bi-pass bridge
    • Training features- on agenda to get added built like the wood features borrowed from Pleasant Valley for the International Women’s MTB Day Event
    • Winter grooming, adding bi-passes for the steepest assent and decent for winter groomed trails.

    Thanks to Washington County Parks! Their Parks are 100% park admissions passes funded, zero tax dollars go the Parks.

    Plan is to have our trails at Heritage built out in the next 1-2 years. Goal of Club, what is next after Heritage is built out? Where do we want to build trails next? What Counties?

    Question about liability? Drops?

    • Safety is our Club’s #1 Mission. We were not allowed to open the trail until we had emergency markers every 8th of mile. Every jump had to be properly signed with bypasses. Part of it is us educating others, educating the community. County has the liability. The state of Wisconsin has recreational liability statutes. Metro doesn’t operate the trail; we donate to build and maintain the trails.

    Treasure/ Budget Update:

    Larger 2022 expenses:

    • Liability insurance
    • Heritage Trail Development
    • Gateway signage at the trail heads

    Revenue

    • Donations double where we were last year, largely in-part of the second Snowdog purchase this year
    • Membership is essentially flat

    International Women’s Day Event at Heritage: Great turn out! 71 riders, 15 volunteers. Had 7 join Metro MTB at the event!

    Website Refresh: (see attached presentation showcasing website updates!)

    Announcing our 2021 Trail Fairies! (see attached presentation) Trail Fairy awards go to Volunteers that put in at least 20 hours for the year. Thanks for all 200+ trail volunteers for 2021!

    Grand Total for Volunteer hours for 2021: 4,408 hours = $125,796 in value!!

    How can YOU help Metro Mountain Bikers?

    • Open co-chair position             
    • Social media coordinator
    • Workday trail volunteers and/ or workday support (help with refreshments, food for volunteers)
    • Social events
    • Grant writing
    • Legal advice
    • Equipment operators, skilled excavators

    Open position: Co-Chair position is currently open. Voting will occur at our next Public Meeting in July. Please send nominations to any Metro Board Member.

    Meeting adjourned at 8:20 pm


  • 24 May 2022 7:00 PM | Isaac Olson (Administrator)

    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. 

    Board Members 

    Chris Shay, Co-Chair  

    Dan Kutz, Treasurer - virtual  

    Melissa Clark, Secretary  

    Isaac Olson – virtual  

    Tom Hartman  

    Lindsay Carlson  

    Eric Hackbarth – OCMB  

    Attendance: 25 in person + 3 Virtual 

    Minooka Update- Ron Stawicki  

    Snow has melted, trails currently icy, be sure to have studs. Hoping to schedule 6 trail work days this  year. May host another clean-up work day before the trails open, early spring, to get folks amped up for  year. If we have enough time after our trail work days, we may look at adding a couple of new features.  

    Be sure to have a Waukesha County Parks pass. This year Waukesha County Parks is going by license  plates and will ticket folks that come in after hours that don’t have a pass.  

    Questions/ Comments:  

    Request to bring back the old trail exit. Not everyone wants to go back up and do that  new last bit of trail extension that was added last year.  

    Can we add “an upper, upper powerline berms”? NICA does this for their trail races.  

    Event Updates: Melissa Clark  

    Photo slide show presented, attached. 

    Hugh Jass New Fane Race Snow Grooming  

    Waukesha Janboree Fat Bike Demo: Great turn out. We had about 80-100 folks out to demo fat bikes.  Some folks had never been to Minooka Park before!  

    Pleasant Valley Fat Bike Ride: Good turnout of about 30 riders. Fermentorium Brewing was there  offering beer samples. 

    Snow dog – Bryan Douglas  

    We have the second snow dog! See attachment for photos #SnowDog2022  

    Heritage Update – John Slawny 

    Digital presentation presented, attached  

    We are excited to bring in machine groomed modern trails to the area! Last year’s volunteer efforts  have a combined value of over $60,000! Metro is working on a RTC DNR grant asking for $86,000 grant  for further trail development and expansions. Opening of the flow trail is pending installation of signage.  Official Opening Event will likely be in June or July to ensure trails will be dry and open. Trail work days  cadence typically alternates Saturdays and Sunday.  

    2022‘s projects include the flow trail return line and bike park  

    Other future projects:  

    Green line, “experiential features”. 10’ of armored climbed. Putting in skinny bridge.  

    Milwaukee County update – Marty Weigel  

    Oak Hill 4, built last year, will be finished this week. Typically trail work starts around April, figure 4 more  trail work days.  

    Kegel-Alpha Trail: Kegel-Alpha 2.0 was essentially approved 2 years ago and trail work will begin this spring.  

    Reminder that all Milwaukee Co trails all need to be non-directional and multi-use trails.  

    Other Updates:  

    Third Space Brewing wants to do an event in the city. Reach out to Bryan Douglas on Facebook if you’d  like to be involved in planning an event.  

    Metro is in need of a Volunteer Coordinator to track all our volunteer hours for the year.  We need Operational Directors for the Milwaukee Co Trails.  

    Meeting adjourned at 8:20pm

    Here is a complete PDF containing presentation materials as well.

    https://metromountainbikers.com/resources/meetings/2022_Feb%203%20Metro%20MTB%20Meeting.pdf

  • 6 Jan 2022 3:39 PM | Metro MTB (Administrator)

    Demand is high for grooming our trails and it's tough to cover our widespread system with one machine. We're now raising funds for another SnowDog. Please check out the project page to donate!


  • 1 Nov 2021 11:42 AM | Deleted user

    October 26th 2021 @ 7pm

    Metro Meeting

    Benno’s – West Allis

    22 Members in attendance

    Dave opened the meeting by reading our mission statement and 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.

    Introduction of Board Members

    James Mattox, Chair (Absent)                    

    Ron Stawicki, Member at Large

    Dave Burch, Co-Chair                                   

    Isaac Olson, Member at Large  (Absent)

    Dan Kutz, Treasurer  (Absent)                    

    Chris McArdle, Member at Large

    Beth Kazinski, Secretary

    Election of New Board Members

    Next Election meeting will be here at Benno’s on November 30th here at Benno’s for 2022 positions.  Positions available:  Co-Chair, Secretary, and 2 Member at Large positions.

    We would like to accept the nominations for the following positions.  Everyone to say a few words on who they are, their background, and why they want to be on the board.  

    • ·        Co-Chair   - Chris Shay
    • ·        Secretary - Melissa Clark
    • ·        Member at Large – Bryan Douglas
    • ·        Member at Large – Tom Hartman

    Floor opened for additional nominations.  Bryan nominated Lindsay Carlson for Member at Large and she excepted via text message.    

    Treasurer Update:

    Dan was not present to give update.  Dave touched on a few key points of the financial report.  One was membership at 163.  Discussion on how to get membership numbers up.  Ideas surrounding getting awareness out there, visibility, pride in belonging, supporting community, NICA, and social events.  Trail pages are very visible, but Metro page is not.

    Pleasant Valley and Port Washington Trail Update – Eric Hackbarth

    Pleasant Valley:

    The 5x6 storage shed is finally purchased and will be assembled and installed soon.  Got both county and city to approve.  It’s a small storage shed and testing to see if it will be vandalized – hoping not. 

    They will also be looking for new sponsor opportunities on their sign/board.  This is done yearly.  

    The last several weeks a bunch more of the problem wet areas on the green loop have been patched and graded so water will run off the trail.  So far, they are working well.  These added patches to several similar patches from last year, the green loop is becoming much more sustainable.  One more round of patching is planned for the beginning of November.  A workday will be announced on the Pleasant Valley Facebook group.

    Port trails:

    Update will be provided on at the next meeting.

    Milwaukee County Parks Update – Dave & Marty

    Kegel 2.0 workdays won’t be until spring.   Final review by parks is in December which means it’s too late start dirt work.  Meantime, workdays are happening at Oak Hill 4.  Watch the page for dates.    Marty is going to be stepping down as Milwaukee County Trail Coordinator next year and we will need someone to step in for him.   Trails are Kegel/Alpha, Tosa system, and River Glen.    If anyone is interested, please let the Board or Marty know.  

    Heritage Trail Update - Chris Shay/John Slawny

    Green loop is done!  It is about 1 mile of additional trail to the blue that is out there.  Flow trail is complete just waiting on signage before the Park will allow it to open.  Dirt has been delivered for the jump park.   All the take-offs will be wooden ramps to help with maintaining them.    The Grand opening will be in Spring of 2022.  The trail is going to have an 80’s theme.   The Green loop will be named “Fraggle Rock”; Blue Trail will be “Take On Me”; and jump line is “Double Dragon”.   There will be a phase 2 which will include more miles as a stacked loop. 

    Minooka Park Project Update - Ron

    Workdays are in process.  Completed 4 already in October with at least one more in Nov.  Last workday we will have a cook-out.  We’ve been building up the berms and this coming weekend we will be taking on the powerline berms. 

    We are still working with the park to put in a new storage shed to keep the new tools in. 

    Fat Bike Grooming – Bryan

    Bryan is working on new trailer. Building sides so they can cover the machine when in route to trails.  Snow and salt not good for the machine.   Anyone have ¾ inch plywood they would like to donate to the build?  If so see Bryan Douglas.  It would be nice if we had another snow dog, one for northern trails and one for Minooka or southern trails.  There is a lot involved coordinating between the 3 trail systems. Should start thinking about fundraising for one either for this year or next. 

    Social Events/Rides

    Soliciting the group for ideas of what they would like to see for social rides/events.  Suggestion to bring odd Tuesday rides back.  Maybe a weekend group ride for those that aren’t fans of night riding.  Maybe Sunday late morning.    Rides/social events should be schedules for each trail.  Will work on dates and reach out for group ride leaders at different trails. 

    Become a member or donate to your local trails at www.metromountainbikers.com

    Meeting adjourned 8:39pm


  • 25 Aug 2021 8:45 PM | Deleted user

    August 24th 2021  7pm

    Raised Grain - Waukesha

    28 Members in attendance

    Ron opened the 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 Board Members

    James Mattox, Chair - absent                    

    Ron Stawicki, Member at Large

    Dave Burch, Co-Chair - absent                 

    Isaac Olson, Member at Large - absent

    Dan Kutz, Treasurer                                      

    Chris McArdle, Member at Large - absent

    Beth Kazinski, Secretary                              

    Eric Hackbarth – OCMB

    Election of New Board Members

    Next Election this November 2021 for 2022 positions at Benno’s in West Allis.  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

    Melissa Clark is interested in Secretary position.  Melissa brings her knowledge of architect, design and fundraising.  She will certainly be a welcome addition to the Metro Board.   

    Treasurer Update – Dan Kutz

    Dan gave us a quick snapshot of Club’s overall financial standing.   Recent expenses include the gateway sign at Minooka and container at Heritage.  We have 165 active members.  Down slightly form June.   Donate to your local trails at www.metromountainbikers.com

    Milwaukee County Parks Update  - Marty

    Light mowing and trimming has been taking place at Tosa and in pretty good shape.   

    Alpha is moving forward.   The neighbors have cleared their personal belongings from the Parks property, and we are set to walk it on Wednesday.   Marty, Jessica, and I believe a naturalist will be walking to make sure the new proposed trail does not get closer to the houses than the hiking trail.    Its about 10% of the system that is holding us up.  We have about 40% of the 2.0 trail to complete.  Should need about 10 workdays to complete.  Hoping to have 5 to 10 people.  Looking at Sundays & Mondays.  So please watch FB for scheduled days to volunteer.    He is also looking to have NICA kids volunteer as well.  An Eagle Scout is working on the signage.  He may call on us to help him with funding & work. 

    Oak Hill 4 is coming out of its 3 season review this Fall.   We will have to develop a new construction plan most likely for next year.   Finishing up Alpha will be the goal this year. 

    Minooka Park Project Update  - Ron

    We want to thank the Collectivo team for trimming and mowing at Minooka before the WORS race.  The event was well attended, it was a positive event for the Park.  We should be picking up workdays again this fall to fix some areas and berms. Looking at October and November most likely weekends. 

    Pleasant Valley and Port Washington Trail Update- Eric Hackbarth

    Pleasant Valley:  If you haven’t seen it yet, they added a new tabletop yesterday to the skills area.  The goal is to replace the old features including seesaws, skinnies, tabletops…. they are for beginner to intermediate riders to help them progress.  They have 5 NICA teams that practice there so they are getting used.

    They put in a proposal to the Parks to install a small shed for tools.  Its only 6x8 steel shed so worried a bit about vandalism, so its going to be a test run.    They will have some workdays coming in September for trimming.   

    Port:  There is about 2 miles of trail there currently.  There was a bridge that connected it to more trails across a creek but with heavy rains a few years back it washed away and cause major flooding downstream.   The Park doesn’t want it to happen again so trying to come up with ideas to cross the creek.  It’s typically only 5 to 6 inches of water so looking at armoring the bottom.   Until then, enjoy the trails that are their and maybe combine it with Pleasant Valley for a day trip.

    Heritage Trail Update – John Slawny

    If you haven’t already, COME OUT!  There’s lots of parking too!  There are over 500 hours of volunteer work not including what James has put in.    The current blue loop is in real good shape and the flow is almost done.  Green is halfway done and should be ready in September.   Jump Park will be in October.   The Park should have the dirt dropped off then so we can continue building the jumps.  The Metro sign is going in NOW – thank you Adam!     We also had over 5 tons of stone dropped off from members.  Things are moving along, and the Park has been a great partner of ours and lets us build what we want.    The photo shoot this past weekend went well and park will be using to promote the trails.   Park entrance fee is $5 daily or $40 annually.  If you are doing volunteer work the park waives the daily entrance fee. 

    NICA Update

    Workdays for NICA kids.  They want to help.  Mike Seiler leads the NICA Teen Trail Corps and wants to get the kids out helping wherever they can.   Please bring projects to him and he will get them out to the NICA coaches.  He can be reached at teentrailcorps@wisonsinmtb.org

    Volunteer Hours – Dave Cullberson

    Dave was not present for an update

    Old Business

    Wednesday night races – Stewart not present for an update

    New Business

    No new business

    Meeting adjourned 7:48pm


  • 18 Jun 2021 7:21 AM | Deleted user

    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 | Deleted user

    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.


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