October 2018 Metro Meeting
Wheel & Sprocket
Hales Corners, WI
19 members in attendance
Metro Mountain Bikers is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to safeguarding the future of mountain biking through the preservation and promotion of responsible off-road bicycling opportunities. Which includes the education, sponsoring events, trail construction, and trail maintenance.
Introduction of Board Members
IMBA Update. 501c3
It took sometime but we are formally approved and have our non-profit tax status. We received our last dues check for past memberships from IMBA in the amount of $1980. This brings the total to somewhere around $3400. There might be some stray memberships for the quarter but the majority of the funds are now received. Isaac will delete IMBA reference from all Social Media and John has already drafted the letter that will go out to IMBA. ALL membership dues will go directly to OUR trails. You can still be a member of IMBA, but if would be a separate membership from Metro.
Minooka Park Update
James and Ron met with the leadership team from the Park. These are the individuals making the decisions of Minooka’s future vision. First order of business was the contract we received. It was not intended for future builds but rather a maintenance agreement for the current trails. This was a huge relief in that the Park is not limiting us to hand tools, they actually want machine built trails. Needless to say it was a great meeting and the Park sees the benefits of developing more MTB trails.
We were presented the master plan with the Park’s 5 year vision. (See handout). In addition to the MTB trails and a pump track, the park is looking to add several new features ; group camping, amphitheater, natural area, including re-naturalizing the cornfield. The water pump station is priority one and needs to be completed in Spring. We as a club need to get our expansion plans for the current trails to them for approval. Once approved, we can start adding features to the current trails. FUNDRAISING will need to start!
Need to get Minooka Committee together sooner than later. Include Darrin in as builder/designer to get a plan together for the park.
Phase 1 will be the new trail head. This phase should include a session area and flow trails that come down to the trailhead. We will need to get a dollar amount for this and then start fundraising over the winter so by early spring we can start building to ride in June.
While working on Phase 1, we will also be looking at trail contractors for our new trails. Need to get a design and cost together for the Park…….then fundraising!!!!
Are you good at grant writing or know someone who is? If so, please contact Metromountainbikers@gmail.com
Ball Park Commons update
Dave reported for committee. It was there first time meeting since the construction started.
The pump track is still the main focus for us. Stuart is working on cost analysis for lighting the pump track. Once we have we can determine how to fundraise for this project.
They are looking to have the Oak Leaf trail extension to connect to new facility for obvious reasons.
They did discuss the trailhead being adjacent to the Kegel/Alpha trail. We have not made any progress in regards to adding new trails to this system due to lack of trail coordinator. The word is soon. The county did have a trails assessment done last year so we are going to try and get ahold of this.
Construction is behind, I would assume due to weather.
Fall Clean-up of the trails
Watch for posts on FB and Metro site on upcoming trail days.
Winter Fat Biking
Looking for a dedicated group who loves snowshoeing to groom trails. Better riding when trails are groomed.
Open board positions coming
All positions are two year terms.
- · Co-Chair
- · Member at Large (2) – these positions will have specific duties assigned
- · Volunteer Coordinator - Coop has taken this on temporarily for us. Thank you Coop!
- · Treasurer
- · Social Event Coordinator
Elections are held at the November 13th Metro Meeting at Benno’s in West Allis. Benno’s will also donate proceeds from beer sales to the club so join us for what’s on the agenda for 2019, nominate someone for a position , volunteer, or just donate by having a couple of beers. Hope to see you all next month!
8:23pm Meeting Adjourned.
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