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TOWN OF OREGON PARK COMMITTEE
May 17, 2010

TOWN OF OREGON PARK COMMITTEE

Monday, May 17, 2010 @ 6:30PM

Present: Steve Root, Janine Jensen, Mark Brylski, Bob Johnson, Raandi Schmidt
Also present: Ryan McGuine, Pat McGuine and Kathy Esch

The meeting was called to order by Steve Root.

The minutes from the previous meeting were read and approved.

Ryan McGuine, Eagle Scout candidate from Troop 50 made his presentation for his project proposal. His project would be to improve 300 feet of trails in the Town Park. This portion of the trail would be adjacent to the previous scout project. The improvements would include new wood chips and landscape timbers along the trail. Ryan believes that he would need 8 foot timbers and re-bars. The estimated cost (without the wood chips) would be approximately $650. There would be no need for any erosion bars in this section of the trail. The scouts and families would provide the necessary hand tools to perform the tasks. The proposed timeline for the project would be every Saturday in June. He is hoping to have 8-15 scouts for each working session. Steve questioned as to why the scout selected 300 feet to be improved, because this will leave approximately 215 feet unimproved. Ryan informed the committee that the scout master felt that the last section of the trail could be another Eagle Scout project. Steve informed Ryan that he would be required to make the arrangements for the wood chips (available for free from several sources) and that Ryan could contact Ron Outhouse with any questions. Steve moved to approve the project and Bob seconded the motion. Motion carried. Steve signed off on the paperwork for the Scout Council.

Kathy Esch (affectionately called the Tree Lady) brought an update on volunteer activities within the parks. She has been out and about evaluating whether any of the new trees need to be staked. In Kennedy Park, some of the stakes on the new trees have been removed and the larger trees don't need them. She has done some of the hand trimming of low and damaged branches. She also did some trimming in Ravenoaks Park. She didn't remove any stakes, but feels that they could be removed. In the Town Park, there are a few damaged trees, both from the wind and from vandalism. The oak trees that were planted last fall could have the stakes removed and re-used in the future. Kathy discussed "whips" which are tall, thin trees which have been planted in the park. Because of the slender trunks, the wind broke several, and Kathy recommended that these not be planted in the Town Park in the future because of the constant wind. The committee thanked Kathy for all of her volunteer efforts with the parks.

Raandi will meet with Steve at Ravenoaks Park to mark the brush that needs to be removed.

Steve hasn't received the extension approval from the DNR yet, but is expecting it very soon. Steve also informed the committee that the Town Board approved the proposal of the committee covering 1/3 the cost and the neighbors covering 2/3's the cost of the tree removal. The tree service will be there some time in June.

The park clean-up went well. There was a large growth of garlic mustard in the Town Park which was disposed of in garbage bags by the cub scouts.

All scouts working on or planning on working on Eagle Scout projects will be invited to the next meeting. The committee is interested in the proposed project in Della Street. The committee hasn't heard anything from the scout since he made his formal presentation.

After the new crew member is hired, the committee needs to create a work list for projects in the parks. One of the basic needs is for continual maintenance within the parks. It was also noted that the hot coal container hasn't been delivered to the Town Park. On the other hand, the tables appear to be in good condition. The committee also discussed the desire for Gary Wackett to make more frequent visits to the Town Park now that the nice weather is here.

The next meeting will be Monday, June 14, 2010 @ 6:30pm.

Raandi moved to adjourn and Mark seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Janine Jensen



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