Next Meeting at the Christmas Party

Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 4:30 pm 

Brett Residence:  863 Gore Road, Otisfield


Meeting Minutes - November 10, 2018

Members Present: Stan & Ann Marie Brett, Jeff Marble, Mike Richards, Art Purkis, Lea Hodge, Emery Chickering, Diane Burak, Chris Burak, Fran Chickering

I. Announcements

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

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

• Officers for the 2018-2019 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

 • Fall trail work has begun. Please meet at the town office on Sunday mornings at 8:00AM if you can help.

• Steel beams are ready for the bridge repair behind the McKay property. Materials have been delivered to build the bridge. We will wait until the area dries up

• Work will be done on the trail near the log cabin out the Ahonen Rd. on Sunday the 11th a

• Mike will check the pipeline area for pallets on Sunday the 11th

• Stan and Carl staked out trail on the Olsen property this past week. Marked from Coon Rd to the Dougherty property.

• Rifle range area has been leveled out and should be smoother this year.

• We still need more pallets in Jackson Brook area 


Please remember to keep track of all trail work and grooming, including receipts. Submit receipts to Mike for reimbursement. All records of maintenance and work will be due at the April 2019 meeting so the data can be compiled for the grant application.


III. Groomer Maintenance

• Light bar for the Tucker is needed.

• Wiring harness in the Skidozer needs to be installed

• Track Truck is on sale on Craig’s List. Members agreed to drop the price to $12,000.

• We also have a 6x12 drag that is complete with ram steer that is for sale – members voted to drop this price to $1500. The drag is on Craigs list and can be seen at the Brett residence.

IV. Other Discussion

• Maps – for now, no changes… After trails have been finalized, we will need to use GPS coordinates to update.

• Treasury continues to be low, especially as we incur expenses….we anticipate needing at least $4000 to cover expenses throughout the season.

• We have been approved for the state’s grant reimbursement of up to $5400, however we will not be reimbursed until the spring of 2019.

• The Oxford trail alongside the blueberry fields towards McAllister Rd., just off Allen Hill in Oxford (called the Rock-O-Dundee Trail) has been shut down by the new land owner. The Oxford club plans to re-route the trail. It is possible the ITS89 trail could be re-routed partially through Otisfield. Stay in touch with the Oxford club.

• Food and/or fruit baskets for Christmas – three landowners have been identified that we should show appreciation for in addition to a former club member.

• Christmas Party: Meet at 4:30 pm at the Brett residence for a brief meeting followed by a pot luck and Yankee Swap ($15-$20 suggested gift value). BYOB. RSVP to Ann Marie at [email protected] or 207-743-8251.


Adjourned: 6:00 pm