Next Club Meeting 

Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 5:00 pm 

Otisfield Town Office - Route 121


Meeting Minutes - September 14, 2019

Members Present: Stan & Ann Marie Brett, Mike Richards, Jeff Marble, Fran Chickering, Carl Dougherty, Mike & Elise McAllister, Lea Hodge 

Welcome to new members: Mike Rowell and Robert & Kathy Slatt

I. Announcements

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

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

• Officers for the 2019-2020 season (same as last year):

o Stan Brett, President

o Mike Richards, Vice President & Treasurer

o Fran Chickering, Trail Master

o Ann Marie Brett, Secretary

o Jeff Marble, Grant Administrator

o 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. [email protected]


II. Trail Maintenance Discussion

 Trail maintenance will begin on Sunday, September 15th. Meet at the town office at

8:00AM for 4 hours of work. We will continue fall trail maintenance until further notice. 

  • The second half of the bridge at Jug Town needs to be done this year. The bridge isused by all type of vehicles so it needs heavy duty pressure treated wood. 
  • Dan Peaco bridge repair and possible trail re-route to avoid the saw mill is needed. Stan will follow up with Dan
  • There is a tree down by the little log cabin
  • Bridge by the transfer station… replace the 3bys 
  • Carls’ area… the tree canopy from Coon Rd. to Forest Edwards Rd. needs to betrimmed back.

Please remember to keep track of all trail work and grooming man hours, including receipts.

Submit receipts to Mike for reimbursement. All records of maintenance and work will be due

at the April 2020 meeting so the data can be compiled for the grant application.


III. Groomer Maintenance


  •  2 Piston bullies were donated to the club. The piston bully dealer assessed the machines and both have been for sale throughout the summer. A month ago a cash deposit was made. The balance will be here this week and the equipment will be picked up and hauled off by the 25th. We didn’t keep these because of the width, which for the most part is too wide for many of our trails. 
  • Cleats: are needed for the ’84 Imp (model 1404). 
  • New purchase last spring: Skandic with a drag to be used in the Forest Edwards area. We need a member from that area to operate it. 
  • Fran’s groomer needs a radiator 
  • Carl’s groomer needs a battery. 
  • The Tucker needs minor maintenance.

IV. Other Discussion

Club donation from a ‘friend’ we have a small generator (4000 Watt) 

  • Can always use pallets. 
  • ATV club is planning to replace the culvert near Barker’s field. Plans are to rent an excavator this fall to make some trail improvements. 
  • Barker’s field – there are plans to cut the entire pipeline and make hay fields on the property. Fran will keep in touch with the landowner to stay on top of changes he plans to make that might affect our trails. 
  • Club event ideas: group rides – Ice caves, Wheeler Brook mines, Greenwood ice caves.
  •  Trail Cookout fund raiser in the Jug Town intersection. We may plan to do this after the holidays.


Adjourned: 6:00 pm