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The next club meeting will be held

Saturday, April 9th at 5:30 pm 

Otisfield Town Office - Route 121 

Meeting Minutes - Nov 13,  2021 

Members Present:

Stan & Ann Marie Brett, Fran Chickering, Moe Laplante, Carl Dougherty, Mike Richards, Gary Saucier, Mike McAllister, Jeff Marble

I. Announcements

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:  Fall Trail maintenance has begun. We meet on Sunday mornings and will continue until all trails are ready for the season. Meet at the town office at 8AM

• Stan has planks for the bridge between Powhatan Rd and the fire station.

• Bridge by the transfer stations was completed last weekend

• Trail to the pipeline has been cleared

• New trail across from the beach to the Coon Rd has been cleared

• The bamboo has grown in again by the house at the end of the Coon Rd.

• Some trees have been cut in an attempt to block the Coon Rd.

• A bridge needs to be moved from the Olsen property

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 2022 meeting so the data can be compiled for the grant application.

III. Groomer Maintenance

  • Minimal work needs to be done to get the groomers ready for snow

V. Other Discussion:

• Capital Equipment Grant Application conversation:

o Need a purchase agreement in place before you ask for the grant from the State – 40% reimbursement is available

o Consider purchasing a new Northstar with new tracks - ~$40K estimate cost to buy brand new.

o Talk to other clubs that use them to drag

o If we do this it will be something we apply for in the spring…payout in July for equipment delivery in the fall of 2022

o Due date to apply is spring of 2022

o Get some pricing quotes and consider this for next year

• Another grant idea – recreational trail program RTP – comes from the gas tax and is administered by the State of Maine for trail maintenance functions.

o Pays 80% reimbursement – could use it for a major bridge repair

o Apply in September for November approval and will require a professional engineer to sign off on a bridge project

• There is also an option to look as the USDA grant

• Fruit baskets for land owners as a thank you for the long term use of their land – should we also consider any new landowners in the town

Adjourned: 5:55 pm