October 2019 Regular Meeting

October 2019 Regular Meeting

CeMENEMBA Board Meeting Minutes
Augusta City Hall
October 1, 2019

  • The Central Maine chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association held a regular board meeting on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at Augusta City Hall at 6pm. Board members present included Chris Riley, president; Disa, Matt Swann, Ryan Walker, Ted Scharf, Ian Oglivie, Tracey Allen, Renee, Leslie Wilson, and Garry Hinkley.
  • Treasurer/Treasurer’s report. Garry formally nominated Leslie Wilson for the treasurer position vacated by Justin Legassey who has moved away. Ted Scharf seconded the motion.  The vote was unanimous of the board members present. 
  • Leslie has been working with Justin on the transition. Income for the year to date was $11,436, expenses $13,400. Current balance is $16,291.  We have additional expected income in the form of grants and other revenue which should bring our balance to about $19,000.  This includes a $2000 Onion Foundation grant for the Allen Whitney. There will be a full report at the December meeting.  Treadfest 2019 is expected to break even when all is accounted for.  There may be some additional trail crew expenses to be paid.
  • Odyssey Ride. The summer season finale Odyssey Ride is scheduled for Friday-Saturday October 18-19. Riders are encouraged to get out and ride beyond their normal haunts.  Go explore.  Festivities include a gathering Saturday night at Lost Valley in Auburn.  Chris has set up a registration site on BikeReg in order to get an approximate head count.  Registration is free.  Merchandise is for sale, and there will be a 50-50 raffle.  Raffle tickets are five dollars each, or five for $20.  We will be asking volunteers to leaf blow the trails.  Volunteers will receive a CeMENEMBA hoodie on a first volunteer basis until slots are full.  We determined the number of volunteers needed for each trail system.  Fundraising from the event will go to support winter trail grooming.
  • Logo Update. No further progress has been made on the new design for the logo. Chris will work with the designer with a target of having the new logo in place for the spring social.
  • Clinic. Feedback from the recent rider clinic generally was positive. The clinic was perhaps cut a bit short of the scheduled time.  The next clinic will need to be the full three hours.
  • Trails update. Chris has been working with the Titcomb Mountain trails committee which has been reactivated and reorganized. There are some conflicts and issues to be resolved.  Titcomb is a community-based organization that needs to build it’s user/doner base.  Encouraging mountain biking is one way to do this. 
  • The annual Titcomb race is expected to be held again next year. The proceeds may be donated to CeMENEMBA to support youth biking. We believe the women’s clinic also will be held at Titcomb, with CeMENEMBA paying the usual user fees.
  • Pine Ridge. Chris met with the new Inland Hospital community outreach coordinator. We need to finalize maps and signs, for which Inland is expected to pay.  There is a bridge that needs replacing.  There was an accident that prompted a review.  May need to do some trail tune up.
  • Quarry Road. The city wants maps and signs.
  • Allen-Whitney Forest, Manchester. CeMENEMBA received a $2,000 Onion Foundation grant for trail improvements in the A-W. The grant requires an equal match (cash or in kind).  The plan is to finish the new trail with some additional machine work, and to build a bridge over the wet area at the bottom of the hill.  CeMENEMBA received this grant, in part, because the Onion foundation has noted that we are very efficient and effective in our use of resources. 
  • Pine Ridge and Bond brook need bridge replacements.
  • Mt. Appatite has a perpetually wet area that needs to be fixed. The plan is to dig out the muck, and replace it with fabric and crushed stone. Will require coordination with the City of Auburn and the National Guard.
  • Hallowell Res. We have a signed management and maintenance agreement with Hallowell. The first project probably will be the reconfiguration of the lower access/egress point on the Pipeline road.  The current access/exit is straight down onto the Pipeline road which leads to skidding.  The plan is to relocate the trail along the slope of the hill down to the road.  A few hours work with a team using hand tools.
  • Carleton Pond (Manchester/Winthrop/Readfield.) The Augusta Water District now is amenable to having trails on this property. A snowmobile trail was relocated there last winter.  The property is close by the Allen-Whitney Forest.  Chris will follow up.
  • Surrey Hill (Fayette). This property has been donated to Kennebec Land Trust with the stipulation that the property be open to mountain bikes. We will need to work with KLT on trail development.  Access is across Rt17 from the Fayette elementary school.
  • Spring Social. Need to think about dates and locations. Possibility of hosting at new Tumbledown brewery and taproom.

Treadfest.  Chris will develop a survey for Treadfest participants to see if they want to keep or change the race format.  Also to see if they want to keep the Bond Brook location, or rotate among BB, QR, and Appatite. 

Other business.  Brief discussion on communication formats.  Agreed that Facebook messenger still probably is the best tool for routine and fast communications.  There was some concern that the message strings go off topic. Chris to keep this in mind and save Messenger for mundane/less important topics.  Email for more important discussions. 

Agreed to move the December meeting to Monday December 2 at 6pm.  Chris will try for City Hall. 

Meeting adjourned at 7:30 pm.

Respectfully,

Garry Hinkley, Sec.

 

August 2019 Regular Meeting

August 2019 Regular Meeting

CeMeNEMBA Board Meeting Minutes
Bond Brook, Augusta
August 6, 2019

The Central Maine chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association held a regular board meting on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at the Bond Brook Recreation area, at 7pm.  Board members present included Chris Riley, president; Disa, Frank, Matt Swann, Ryan, Ted Scharf, Tracey Allen, Renee, and Garry.

Chris expressed his gratitude for everyone stepping up while he was away.  The board acknowledged Chris for staying in touch while he and his family were on their adventure.

Treasurer’s report.  Justin was unable to provide a complete report.  The bank account stands at just over $15,000.  We have outstanding bills of approximately $3,000, mostly for trail crew.  The Titcomb Mountain women’s clinic grossed about $1700, with expenses of about $700.  Have not yet received Treadfest revenue, which will be less than lst year.

New treasurer.  The board discussed several possible candidates for a new treasurer/board member to replace Justin.  Geographic coverage would suggest someone from the Waterville area, if possible.  Chris will approach the suggested candidates in turn to see if there is any interest.

Treadfest Debrief.  Discussed what worked and didn’t work for Treadfest this year.  Some concern that the event is becoming stale.  Some sponsors aren’t giving as much. It was suggested that we look into rotating the event among Mt. Appetite (Auburn), Quarry Road (Waterville), and Bond Brook (Augusta.)  Also, might consider a survey of riders.  Discussed the issue of some riders going off course, and the kerfuffle that caused. 

Trails updates/needs.  The summer trail crew has been out and about, mostly doing routine maintenance such as cutting brush, weed wacking and leaf blowing.  The crew has ranged from one to three people per day, most days.  Probably averaging 1 ½ to 2 workers per day.  In addition, many volunteers have stepped up to work on their local trails.  As a result, most of the network is in very good shape.  Volunteers should use the online app to record their time.  This is important for applying for grants and other purposed.

Upgrades underway at Quarry Road and Coburn Woods.  Upgrades planned for Mt. Appetite.  We have applied for grants for Mt. Appetite and the Allen-Whitney Forest.  The A-W grant would be used to improve the flow of the New Trail, and other similar improvements.  Both grants require one for one matching through in-kind contributions.

Chris is working with the Titcomb Mountain group, and may ask to join Augusta trails as a board member.

Winter biking. Discussed options for winter fat biking, and trail maintenance.  Roxy Rand may still be available using a different access point.  Other options include The Allen-Whitney Forest (Manchester), and KLT’s newly acquired Surrey Hill property in Fayette.  Decided not to pursue the purchase of any additional equipment, but rather to support grooming efforts financially. 

2019 Odyssey ride.  The 2019 end of summer season Odyssey ride was scheduled for October 19th.  Might try to find a way to use the Odyssey ride to support winter trail grooming efforts.  Need to find a venue for the party.  Several options were suggested, and will be explored. 

New logo. Briefly reviewed draft options for a new logo.  More work to be done.

Next meeting. The next board meeting was scheduled for Tuesday, October 1 at a location to be determined.

Respectfully,

Garry Hinkley, Sec.

 

March 2019 Regular Meeting

March 2019 Regular Meeting

CeMENEMBA Board Meeting
March 5, 2019 @6:30pm
Black & Tan, Augusta, ME

A regular CeMENEMBA board meeting was held on Tuesday, March 5th, at the Black & Tan restaurant in Augusta, starting at 6:30 pm.  Present were Disa F. VP and presiding officer, Justin L, Ian, Frank, Tracy Allen, Ted Scharf, Brian Walker, Brian Alexander, Matt Stone, Renee, and Garry.

Treasurer’s Report.  Justin gave the treasurer’s report.  He reported minimal financial activity during this period.  Cash on hand as of December 31, 2018 was $20,940.84.  Cash on hand as of March 5th, 2019 was $21,397.90.  Income for the period was $1,446 including a $1,000 donation and $467 in dues rebates.  Expenses were $909. 94, of which $900 was the stipends for the winter grooming at Roxy rand, LACC, and Range Pond.  The remainder was for miscellaneous.

Justin opined that getting the credit card in lieu of using the debit card was a bad idea, resulting in more hassle than it is worth in security.  He will investigate options.

Justin needs copies of all receipts for reimbursement, including a notation as to what the expenditure was for, where (the project), and who submitted it.  If you are submitting expenses, please provide this information.

Anne Sheppard needs copies of the 2018 meeting minutes for the financial audit.  (Garry provided NEMBA the minutes on March 6th.)  Minutes also should be available from our website.

Spring Social. The annual Spring Social and Auction will be April 27th at Van Der Brew in Winthrop starting about 4pm.  Agreed to order food from Winthrop House of Pizza and have them deliver as needed. Auction items are still needed.  We had 60 auction items last year.  As of this meeting, only 14 items have been pledged. (Additional items were pledged at the meeting.)

Treadfest Update.  Justin et. al. Treadfest is June 15th at Bond Brook.  Friday is the running events. Bike events on Saturday.  Camping Friday and Saturday night, with entertainment on Saturday evening.  Facebook page is seeing interest.  Need to set up the BikeReg registration site.  Discussed ordering items to sell, swag, and prizes.

Titcomb Women’s Clinic. Tracy Allen is in charge.  Agreed the registration fee would be $20, nonrefundable for no shows.

Membership Drive.  Will work the email list and Facebook reminder to encourage renewals, and will have sign ups at upcoming events.  Justin noted that NEMBA now offers automatic renewals.

Merchandise. Renee is in charge Disa had previously shared catalog links of possible items to purchase for resale.

Trail days.   Ricker Hill had extensive logging this winter and will need brush cleanup.  Signature Trail at Mt. Apatite has drainage issues which will need to be addressed.  Frank is working with an Edward Little class to bring students in for a trail maintenance day May 17th.  City of Auburn is promoting trail volunteerism.  After a hard winter all trails will need routine work.

There is a new Working Group in Auburn, dedicated to Mt. Apatite.  Brian W. noted that “you are here” signage is being developed based on our map.  The signage will be installed in the spring. CeMENEMBA is paying for the signs.

Frank reported that Mt. Apatite group rides now will meet and leave from the new Side-by-Each pub on Minot Avenue.  The power lines provide easy access to Mt. A. trails.

 Garry reported that the Manchester Conservation Commission has funds available (about $10,000) for trail development and maintenance in Manchester.  Looking at expansion at the Res/Junkyard area in Manchester.  Brian A to take a look, perhaps with Jean-Luc Theriault from the MCC.

Cape Cod Summit.  Disa and Justin are planning on attending.

CEMENEMBA App.  Brief discussion and demonstration of our ride and events app.  A work in progress.

Next Meeting.  We will meet on April 9th in advance of the spring social.  Meeting will be at the Black & Tan.  Social hour at 6:30, with the meeting to follow at about 7pm. 

Respectfully submitted,

Garry Hinkley, Sec.

January 2019 Regular Meeting

January 2019 Regular Meeting

CeMeNEMBA Meeting Minutes

January 15, 2019

The Central Maine Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association held a regular Board meeting on Tuesday, January 15th at 6:30 pm at the Black and Tan in Augusta.  Board members present included Pres. Chris Riley, Justin, Ian, Ted Scharf, Ryan, Tracy, Frank, Disa, and Garry.

Treasurer’s Report. Justin reported cash on hand of $20,840.84.  Previous report on 11/13/18 was $18,889.65 Income of $2959. Expenses of $1007.81.  Net $1,951.19. Income was from donations and chapter rebates. Expenses included $500 to John Waller for website; $100 for Titcomb lodge rental for Odyssey day event; $192 for hats for Odyssey.  The remainder was miscellaneous.

General agreement that the club should try to maintain a balance of approximately one year’s expenses.

With respect to upcoming summer work, it’s looking as if 2019 will mostly be a maintenance year.  There is a possibility of additional trail building at Mt. Appetite. Chris is working on a grant proposal.  Other possible projects might include some work in the Allen-Whitney forest and in the Manchester town forests adjacent to the Hallowell Res.  The Manchester Conservation Commission may be able to provide some financial support.

There have been some discussions relative to building trails in Lewiston.  

In the past, the club has made donations to area snowmobile clubs to support winter trail maintenance.  With the development and maintenance of winter single track trails at Roxy Rand, LACC, and Range Pond, it was agreed that it was more appropriate to support these trails.  A $300 stipend for each trail system was authorized. (total of $900.) Garry made the motion. Ryan seconded. It passed unanimously. Winter riders are encouraged to support their local snowmobile clubs.

Justin will be attending the Professional Mountain Bike Skills Trainer clinic at Kingdom Trails in April.  He then will put on local skills clinics, probably on Tuesday evenings opposite Tuesdays from TNTs. Also, short clinics prior to Wednesday Night rides.  

Events.  Treadfest will be June 15th at Bond Brook.  Spring Social and fundraiser was scheduled for April 27th, tentatively at Van Der Brew in Winthrop.  

Tracy Allen is organizing the women’s’ clinic.  

Maine Works has donated quite a few hand and power tools to the club.  These tools will be stored in the tool shed in Farmington.

The next meeting will be Tuesday March 5th at 6:30 at the Black and Tan, Augusta.  Since Chris will be away, VP Disa will preside.

Respectfully,

Garry Hinkley, Sec.

 

November 2018 Regular Meeting

November 2018 Regular Meeting

11/13/19

Agenda:

*CeMe App – What to Build?  Guest speaker Brian Cooley- Gilliom

We were joined by local rider, and app developer to discuss the idea of creating a phone app for our chapter.

Ideas for useful tools:

  • Tracking volunteerism hours and photos
  • Tracking trail projects and work that is needed.  Ideas floated around a rider being able to take a picture and having it geo-tag the image and the rider being able to leave a short note about the perceived need.
  • Donation stream – making it easier for people to make trail donations.  Possibility of donations being trail system specific.
  • Membership reminders
  • Events/calendar/rides – reminder.  After some discussion it was decided that this would likely be a good place to focus initial efforts.  If the app were to push notifications to the user regarding weekly ride reminders, trail days, and other events it might be very useful.
  • Meet-Up feature: a way for users to schedule rides together.  (most already use FB for this)

 

1) Treasurers Report –

Cash on hand: $17,000 as of last deposit.

  • Most of our trail building expenses came due in the months of September and October.   Total: $11969.50. Majority of this was for the trail crew and for excavator work.
  • Justin’s observations:
    1. Trail crew expenses came in all at the end of the years.  We could do a better job at helping them get their time and invoices in with more regularity rather than all at once at the end of the season.   We can easily create an invoice template that they can use that will be based upon the spreadsheet of hours/tasks that we currently use to keep track of the work that is being done.
    2. During the last month + we had no funds coming in.  We should look at passive fundraising methods such as QR codes that link to paypal.  Other ideas?
    3. We received recent generous donations from, Allison Dulac, Rainboy Bicycles, Maine Cycling Club and Brian Cooley – Gilliom.  Chris to send thank you letters.

2) Trail Updates –

> Signage is still ongoing.  The hope is to finish “You are here” signs for both Pine Ridge and Mt. Apatite over the next couple months.  Realistically these will be done over the winter and put in place on foot or via fat bike.

> Bond Brook still needs a long boardwalk / bog bridge to connect the new trail that runs along the fence and connects 6-Back and Lizard.  

> Pine Ridge starting to see some significant “rootiness” in areas.  Spring workday there would be good to bring back the flow in some key areas.

3) Who is taking lead on upcoming events while Chris is on sabbatical?

> Spring Social : Disa and Ian

> Tread Fest : Justin and Ryan

> Women’s Clinic: Tracey Allen

Chris will create a document for each event that helps people plan.

4) Fundraising ideas for 2019

As we are now at the end of our 3 year grant cycle with the Onion foundation we need to be thinking creatively about how to replace those funds in other ways if we wish to continue with our trail crew in future summers.

  • Recently one of our members suggested a “Sponsor a trail crew” concept where a donor could select an amount they wish to donate, and then select the trail system where they wish for their donation to be used.   BOD agreed to try it out for 2019.
    1. $15 – 1 trail crew for 1 hour / $60 1 trail crew for ½ sday / $120 1 trail crew for 1 day / $360 entire crew for full day / $350 mini excavator for 1 day / $1260 trail crew for a week / $1400 mini-ex for a week.
  • Spring Auction: This event has grown every year and has a great deal of potential for fundraising.   We should start soliciting for auction items earlier and find a really cool location that will be fun for all.

5) Toy Run – CeMe will host first ever Toys for Tots bike ride this December.  

6) Board voted to make Renee Brezovsky an official member.  We now have a full board with representation from all our geographic areas.