January 6, 2019

Adirondack Snow Drifters

January 6, 2019

The meeting was called to order at 4:15 p.m.

Minutes from last meeting were approved as read.

Greg Fox reported that he has found someone who will build the website for us and that there are no longer free websites. It will cost the club $14.00 a month and there is a $50.00 fee for the domain name. He asked if we should move forward with this. A motion was made by Belly and seconded by Eric Johnson to go ahead with the website for the club. All in favor.

Belly reported that we have collected $875 so far in connection with the Super Raffle Tickets. He asked that everyone make sure the amount collected matches the number of tickets sold when you turn them in.

Greg and Mindy Fox reported on the safety course held yesterday, January 5th. They said it was a great course attended by 18 students. Greg noted that he plans to keep offering this course and will plan to have it earlier next year. A big “Thank You” to Greg and Mindy for offering their time to do this.

Belly reported that the radios provided by Jerry Fischer were reprogrammed by Stuart McKnight and are now hooked in with the Franklin County Highway Department. There are 3 radios, one for the UTV, one for the Tucker and one will be based in the Fire Station. We will now be able to make calls through 911. Thanks to Stuart McKnight for taking the time to get these going.

Eric Johnson reported that he has been in contact with one property owner regarding S-78 and that the property owner may be willing to work with the club. He is continuing to look at several options. In order for the club to keep our funding we need to show that we are actively working on this.

Greg Fox mentioned that the individual he was working with from National Grid for trail maintenance is no longer available. A suggestion was made that the club approach a local individual who is an employee with National Grid to get names of other possible contacts.

Our current membership is at 206 as of January 5th.

Belly reported on the Tucker that he purchased for the club. As it did not come with a drag he reported that the Northern Adirondack Trail Breakers Club from Ellenburg was able to lend our club their old drag for this season. Belly noted that Steve Forbes was very helpful in helping get the Tucker ready for grooming. He said he’s been out on the trail three times with the Tucker and the UTV has been out as well. He noted that there is still supposed to be a Tucker coming from FSI to be parked on this end. It’s thought that once there is enough snow they will move it here.

Regarding the Huckleberry Trail, Belly commented that Tom Gliddy, a NYS Forest Ranger, said that the trail is closed at this time, that the last time it was used was in 2005. Belly noted that we will need to meet with Encon, maybe this next Spring, and walk the trail with them to see if it’s worth getting it re-opened. Currently, there is a temporary re-route from the Barnseville Road along County Route 27 to the California Road to Studley Hill Road back onto County Route 26 to the Old Meacham Road across Route 30 to the Cold Brook Road then across Furnace Mountain Club. Eric Johnson offered to check to see if there is a key to the gate at Furnace Mountain Club.

The Club Fundraiser is set for Saturday, February 16th from noon to 3. The drawing for the chain saw, which was donated by Peru Farm Supply (Chris Aikey & Jordan Kelleher), will take place that day.

Belly asked for approval to purchase certain items for the groomers, such as gas cans, tool kits, etc. A motion was made by Roxy Morter, seconded by Eric Johnson, all in favor.

The next meeting will be held on February 3rd at 2:00 p.m. at Belly’s.

Meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

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