September 5, 2017
The Central Maine Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association held a regular meeting on Tuesday, September 6th at 6:30 at Augusta City Hall. Present were: President Chris Riley, VPs Disa F. Frank Jalbert, and Matt Swann (by phone.) Also present were Treasurer Brett Vancott, Renee, Ian Ogilvie, Brian Alexander, and Ted Scharf.
Chris welcomed everyone and noted the highly successful summer of trail building, maintenance, events, and riding. He thanked everyone for their efforts.
Treasurer’s report. Brett gave the treasurer’s report. She noted a beginning balance on June 6, 2017 of $17,253.88, and a closing balance of $7175.39 on Sept. 5. Income for the period was $11,421. Expenses were $21,499.49 Most of the expenses were for trail-related work, including $17,456 for the Quarry Road project. Most of the QR project will be reimbursed from the RTP grant. In addition to the RTP reimbursement, we expect about $2500 to $3500 in Treadfest income. We owe the trail crew approximately $7,000. We expect to take a balance into the new year of approximately the same as we carried into this year.
Trail crew. Chris reported that the trail crew did an outstanding job. As independent contractors, they are being paid $10/hr. Matt Swann moved and Ted seconded that Nolan receive a $1/hr. bonus for outstanding performance. That would amount to about $200 additional for the summer.
Treasurer election. Brett VanCott is resigning as treasurer. The Board offered its thanks for her hard work over the past two years. Brian nominated Justin Lagassey as the new treasurer. Seconded by Frank. The vote was unanimous, and is effective with the completion of the paperwork, hopefully by October 1st. Justin has been working with Brett on the transition.
PR Kids Loop. Chris will try to finish the Pine Ridge Kids loop this fall. This is an obligation of our Kennebec Saving Bank grant.
Odyssey Event. The Odyssey event has been scheduled for October 20-21. The venue for the party is to be determined. Lost Valley in Auburn and Ricker Hill Farms in Turner were suggested. The event includes an opportunity to ride as many CeMENEMBA-maintained trails as possible from 5pm Friday until 5pm Saturday. A social event to follow on Saturday evening. While not primarily a fundraising event, there will be raffles and donations accepted.
TNTs. The days dwindle down to a precious few. It was agreed to try to do dispersed leaf blowing on as many trails as possible.
Accomplishments. Chris handed out a summary of our 2017 trail work accomplishments, based on our strategic plan developed last winter. He noted that it is a five year plan. Our trail system has expanded and is in very good shape. Total hours of work needs to be determined, but it is substantial.
Sappi “Community Ideas that Matter” grant. Chris will be pursuing this grant opportunity for the Coburn Woods trail system in Skowhegan. Seeking $2500. The Trustees of the Somerset Woods Land Trust have agreed to match the grant.
In general, Chris would like to pursue a strategy of applying for micro-grants from local organizations.
Trail Maps. We have sold out of our 250 printing. Since many of the trail systems have since been expanded, we need to make a new addition. Discussed the need for better trail naming, and signage on the ground. Chris will work with Jean-Luc Theriault on revised GPS. Also will be seeking new sponsors for new additions such as Coburn Woods.
Next meeting will be October 10 at 6:30 at Augusta City Hall.
The regular monthly meeting of the Central Maine Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association was held on Monday March 7th at 6pm at Augusta City Hall. Members present were Chris Riley, pres.; Ted S; Brian A; Sarah C, Treasurer emerita; Ted E.; Frank; Ian; Ellen; Mac; and Garry, Sec.
Treasurer’s report. Sarah reported a beginning balance of $9905.13 and an ending balance of $9888.30. We received a Kennebec Savings Bank grant of $2500 for ongoing trail work. We have outstanding additional outstanding income of $350 for our participation in the Fat Tire Loppet race, and $131 in dues rebates. This gives us financial assets of approximately $12,800. It was agreed that we would use 2015 Tread Fest funds, and KSB funds to realize a trail crew if we can raise the needed additional funds.
Future fundraising ideas. Agreed to send out direct appeals to our email list and then on our face book page. The goal is to raise enough match to fund a two person trail crew for about six weeks.
We made the first cut on the People for Bikes grant application. The intent is to make trail improvements at the Allen-Whitney Forest trails.
Ellen reported that Inland Hospital is starting their process for their grant awards. The hospital is focusing on projects that would combat obesity. In the past, the hospital has made smaller grants. This year, the hospital is focusing on fewer larger grants.
Chris shared a letter prepared to solicit businesses for the coupon booklet. Several businesses have been contacted. Looking to go to print in mid-April. Chris will explore costs and printing options.
Tent back drop and awning curtain. Discussed buying a back drop and awning curtain for the events awning. Sarah will look into prices. Frank will check with Chip on price and options.
Map project. Chris has been working with Jean-Luc Theriault on the GIS data, and the project has started. We reviewed various maps and options. Need costing options.
2016 Calendar. Tuesday Night Trailwork (TNTs) will start Tuesday April 5th and will continue every other Tuesday through the fall, except for Tuesday July 5th. Will probably start at the Res. A full schedule will be developed and updated as necessary. In addition, several full day weekend trail days will be scheduled.
Wednesday Night Rides will commence starting probably March 23rd with a rail trail ride. Meet at 5:30, ride at 5:45. Auburn rides will be Wednesdays at 6:30 at Mt. Apitite, and Sunday at 7:30 am at Range Pond.
June 4th is National trails day. Probably will do a family event at the Res with food.
Treadfest is scheduled for June 25-26 at Bond Brook. Volunteers needed.
Titcomb’s Women’s Clinic is scheduled for May 11 in Farmington.
NEMBAFest is June 17-19 at Kingdom Trails, East Burke, VT.
A-trail Day – June 12th.
Chapter board meetings currently scheduled for April 4th, May 2nd June 6th, and Sept. 12th at 6pm at Augusta City Hall. Other meetings may be called as necessary, and may be scheduled with ride events.
Other business. Need to develop a tool inventory and establish tool caches.
Meeting adjourned at 7:15pm.
Garry Hinkley, Sec.