Next Meeting:  Saturday, November 11, 2017

5:00 pm at the Otisfield Town Hall 

Meeting Minutes - October 14, 2017

Members Present: Stan & Ann Marie Brett, Fran Chickering, Mike Richards, Carl Dougherty, Jeff Marble, Bill Sprague, Lea Hodge.

I. Announcements

 Please check out our website at www.OtisfieldTrailblazers.org.

• Like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/otisfieldtrailblazers/

• Newly elected officers for the 2017-2018 season:

    - Stan Brett, President

    - Mike Richards, Vice President & Treasurer

    - Bill Sprague, Trail Master

    - Ann Marie Brett, Secretary

    - Jeff Marble, Grant Administrator

    - Diane Burak, Communications Director

• Welcome to our newest members: Joe & Sheila Plant from Carver, MA.  

• Snowmobile Show – October 20-22 at the Augusta Civic Center. Friday 4PM-9PM

    - Saturday and Sunday opens at 9:00AM closes at 8PM and 3PM respectively

    - Admission is $7 – Children under 11 get in FREE

    - Trail Workshop on Saturday… check out MESnow.com for details

• Membership Info: Family membership to the club is $25 – Business memberships are $30; part of which will be applied to your MSA membership. Please send money to Ann Marie at 863 Gore. Rd., Otisfield, ME 04270. New membership applications are available on the website or through Ann Marie. [email protected]

• Trail maintenance/fall clean up has begun. Please meet at the town office every Sunday morning at 8AM if you can help.


II. Trail Maintenance Discussion

• New trail has been mapped out to re-route across Powhatan Rd,

• Grover property on Coon Rd. Talked with the landowner to get permission to clear some brush away to create a better passage around the area where he plows his driveway.

• Bridges: what materials are needed? Bill is putting a materials list together. Should order lumber in the next week.

• Carl has planks at his house (11) 3x8s and (8) 2x4s to be used for bridges

• Sunday the 15th – work Raymond’s fields towards the McKay property continuing to the Brett property to Lombard Brook.

• Trail by the Fire station to 121 was cleared by Carl and Mike

• Bethel update and the Chadbourne property issue- progress has been made in discussions between Mr. Chadbourne and the town officials. Towns affected: Oxford, Bethel, Waterford and some parts of Harrison. No real resolution yet.

• Trails by the transfer station are in good shape – the ATV club did a lot of work there


Please remember to keep track of all trail work and grooming, including receipts. Send details to Bill Sprague. Submit receipts to Mike for reimbursement. Please be sure to submit records of maintenance and grooming hours to Bill and or Jeff ASAP, so totals can be tallied up for the grant submission which is due before the end of April. All records of maintenance and work will be due at the April meeting.


III. Groomer Maintenance

• Slave/wheel cylinders: Stan will do some research

• The Bombi – nothing needed at this time

• TrackTruck – needs an oil change

• Tucker – Oil change and strobe light needed


IV. Other Discussion

• Grant amount from the state increased to $5,400

• Capital grant changes – there may be an opportunity for a $10,000 grant.

• Bill has super raffle tickets $2/ea or 6 for $10. Ticket stubs must be returned to Bill by December 1st. Contact Bill for tickets.

• Membership ‘drive’…. Jeff will get a list from MSA of registered snowmobile owners for the town. Abby and Diane may be willing to send letters out. 


Meeting adjourned 5:50 pm