March 2011 Newsletters
March 2011 Newsletters
We had a great winter with lots of snow. Our trails were in great shape and had many compliments from customers in The Shop and Frontier Sports. The season is now winding down and we will be having our last club meeting April 5th, 2011 at Riley's for pizza at 6:00 p.m. This is the last meeting for the 2010/2011 snowmobile season. We will resume meetings in September 2011.
We will need to start making plans for the following season. Some off season projects that need to be done include: more brushing, a possible bridge removal, signage, landowner permits, and work on the clubhouse.
Mike Hughes has applied for many grants for our club to get a large portion of the projects done. One of the grants is 100% and another is 65%/35%. The 100% grant means we do not need to use any of our club money and the other we pay 35% of the improvements.
The ICSA was well attended with over 160 people in attendance. Snow safety poster contest winners were announced and the auction was a success. The festival next year will be held February 24th and 25th at Wendigo Lodge.
We have committed to another two year term for the Adopt a Highway program. Adopt-a-Highway volunteers save Mn/DOT $5 million every year! Our section is State Highway 286 from Marcell to Talmoon. We will be setting up a date for the clean-up soon! Come join us! All volunteers welcome! Once clean-up is complete we usually meet at the Timberwolf Inn for burger night.
Remember to join us for our final meeting of the 2010/2011 snowmobile season at Riley's 6:00 p.m. for pizza and the meeting.
Marcell Snowdrifter’s minutes from 3-1-11 @ Marcell Family Center
Regular Meeting Minutes:
Regular meeting called to order @6:35pm by President Mike Hughes
Sign-up sheet indicated 9 members in attendance.
Agenda handed out to all members present. Motion to approve as written by Sandy and seconded by Grant.
Secretary’s minutes: Minutes from 2-1-11 meeting had been emailed based on motion from 11-2-10 meeting indicating that was preferred way to do minutes. Minutes needed correction to change Jessie Lake resort to Jessie View resort by Tim Onrat. Minutes approved as corrected and will be emailed. The motion was carried after a first from Sandy with a second from Grant.
Treasurer’s report by Sandy Wass: Current checking is $2000.00. Funds are VERY low!!! The grant monies and the benchmark for March (Mike will check with Peggy Hedin on status) are due any day and should take us to over $20K. We cannot let this happen again. The downside is our groomer payment of over $19K is due in January and that is our first benchmark. So, because we do not have any income from April of the previous year to basically January of our current year we are short on money till February. We need to plan for this no later than our September meeting. We also need to put out bids for all work we do not do ourselves. We also need to make sure our Treasurer gets a “heads up” on any bills that are significant. (Amount to be determined but will should include those over $1K).
Sandy also reported that she renewed our commitment via permit to do high way 286 cleanup as before. Paul moved to continue program with a second from Archie and motion carried.
Grants: Mike has applied for the following:
RAC through the USFS for $50K for brushing and dirt work (100%); $30K for capital improvements (65%) for bridge replacement if trail reroute is not approved. It could be 6/11 b/4 we know if all/any is approved.
Jackson was not in attendance. Gus reported that the 3 trails in the south are good. He could not speak about trails to the north. He also reported there is a bad hill that needs to be cut down or the dip filled with dirt and a culvert installed. Bruce groomed the Bowstring.
MNUSA: No report
Marcell Snowdrifter’s minutes from 2-1-11 @ Marcell Family Center
Regular Meeting Minutes:
Regular meeting called to order @6:40pm by President Mike Hughes
Sign-up sheet indicated 14 members in attendance.
Agenda handed out to all members present. Motion to approve as written by Sandy and seconded by George
Secretary’s minutes: Minutes from 1-4-11 meeting had been emailed based on motion from 11-2-10 meeting indicating that was preferred way to do minutes. Minutes were approved as emailed.
Treasurer’s report by Sandy Wass: Current checking is $7228.74. Our total debt is $ 77,508. Payment for groomer made in January for 1 year of$18,389.00. Jackson reported $7548.00 grant will be gone. Our 2nd benchmark payment will come in b/4 or around 3-1-11---will be about $13,292.00. Mike H questioned The Alliance reception/dinner on the 25th of February (Friday) at Wendigo Lodge for land owners, volunteers and safety training instructors went very well. The groomer/drag/equipment companies want this event to be the only northern Minnesota show for them because of the convenient location and good attendance. Mike got a pair of snowshoes from Glen’s Army Navy store for the $50 approved by the club at the 2-1-11 meeting. They sold for more than the $$ amount approved. Next year’s meeting will be the weekend of 2-24/25.
Grant reported on the weekend ride:
The snowmobile weekend get-away at Fortune Bay Resort on February 18th through the 20th turned out to be very good although not without mishap. No one hurt but a couple of sleds broke down. Snow in Ely where the club went to dinner was very minimal and the Taconite Trail was iffy coming home. The SwampSiders part was good.
Archie reported that the clubhouse, although in a very rundown condition, seems to be sound----no water underneath. The committee formed last season needs to discuss the necessary steps to renovate come summer.
All bridge work needs to be done in winter which we no longer have.?
We have an existing grant for $16,000 for trail brushing work that is good until June, 2012.
Off season work projects:
2) Brushing—especially south of Marcell (about 15 miles) and about 13 miles on Cameron
3) Blue signs on north end-Effie area
4) Spur trail to Jessie View Resort
5) Dirt work ---knock down or fill in
6) Permits from landowners need renewing, updating, maybe new ones. (Where are the old ones??
7) Garage door at Marcell for groomer storage needs help!!
The 4-5 meeting will be dinner (on our own cost) at Riley’s. Some business but lots of fun!!!
Motion for adjournment was moved by Archie, seconded by Paul and approved @ 7:52pm.
Sandi Hughes, Secretary