Next Meeting:  April 8th, 2017

5:00 pm at the Otisfield Town Hall 

Meeting Minutes - March 18, 2017

Members Present: Stan & Ann Marie Brett, Fran Chickering, Emery Chickering, Mike Richards, Carl Dougherty, Art Purkis

I. Announcements

• Please check out the website at www.OtisfieldTrailblazers.org

     Stan Brett, President

     Bill Sprague, Vice President & Trail Master

     Mike Richards, Treasurer

     Ann Marie Brett, Secretary

    Jeff Marble, Grant Administrator

    Diane Burak, Communications Director

• 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.

• Additional trail maps have been received and are available at the Town Office and Day’s Store in Bolster’s Mills for a $2 apiece.

II. Trail Maintenance Discussion

• Trail status as of today – almost all trails were groomed on Friday and early Saturday morning.

• All trails are in pretty good shape.

• Fran and Emery have been doing some trail maintenance and patching bridges.

• Pat, on Powhatan Rd. Called Stan to ask that the trail be diverted to the road the change where the trail crosses into the open area and then cut back to the trail

• Scribner Hill Rd. Talk to Peter Rogers to go straight ahead to avoid the steep hill. May want to make the trail change next fall.

• Oxford trails are in great shape.

• What culvert work can we do to improve wet holes for next year?

  - Coon Rd?

  - Stan and Fran have leftover culverts at their homes that can be used

• On the trail behind the town office, need to remount the sign on a post to eliminate the cable.

• Trails need more signs. Many signs have disappeared during the season.


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

• The Bombi needs maintenance before it is able to groom again as follows:

  -  The new belts may be causing trouble with the track guides.

  -  New track guides are $15 each and it may need 65 per track… some are good but not all

  -  Track guides were made for the Bombi, however there was an issue with breaking off bolts due to the thickness of the belts. Stan has suggested making them instead of purchasing to save some money. Otherwise they could cost about $2000.

  - Materials to make the all guides are expected to cost about $1200, however not all guides must be replaced

  -  Replace sprockets and two new belts

  -  At least one wheel is bent.

 Suggest we set a spending limit of $1,500 to fix this groomer – the group agreed this amount is appropriate

• Check out Alpine Guide for parts.

• New tires and track fill have been installed on the SkiDozer and the Track Truck to help pro-long tire life.

• Fran fixed the hydraulic pump issues on the SkiDozer …it needed 1 inch fittings.

• SkiDozer – two extra rims on hand.

• SkiDozer left brakes leak down between uses…. Needs to be bled each time they go out

• Fran presented a comprehensive list for all that needs to be done to the SkiDozer to make it run reliably as follows:

  -  Pull tracks off his summer to check them out 

  -  Central Tire has the 2 tires now. Stan to check on the status

 -   New hoses for suction and return are needed

 -   The steering is working fine now

  -  LED lights still needed

  -  Body work, paint, windshield

  -  Nothing major

  -  Block Heater would be nice

  -  Strobe light (Stan has one he will donate)

  -  Wiring harness and fuse box

  -  2 hoses and filter for the hydraulics

 -  Carburetor kit

 -  Side mirrors

 -  Brush guard

 -  The drag also needs some work

 -  Suggest spending $1,000 to fix this groomer- the group agreed this amount is appropriate

• Track Truck won’t start – doesn’t steer well either. Skis are made for it and should be considered as an option. (Post meeting note: Stan fixed this issue on Monday)

• The Tucker is running fine

• We still have a 6 foot drag that came from an Imp.


IV. Other Discussion

Meeting adjourned 6:15