TOWN OF OREGON PARK COMMITTEE
Monday August 8, 2011 @6:30pm
Present: Janine Jensen, Mark Brylski, Steve Root, Bob Johnson
Also present: Chris Johnson, Phil Van Kampen, Alec Meier, Eagle Scout candidate from Troop 50, his mother, Tami, and Tim LeBrun, Scoutmaster
The meeting was called to order.
The minutes from the previous meeting and the unofficial meeting were read. Bob moved to approve both sets of minutes. Mark seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Alec presented to the committee his Eagle Scout proposal. His proposed project would be to create a kiosk in the Bicentennial Park, which would contain a refurbished Bicentennial sign as well as the Todd Anderson Memorial sign. His project would be to create a kiosk with a metal roof. There will also be a pamphlet holder under the roof, for information about the park. Steve informed the committee that he proposed the project at the last Town Board meeting, where the Board gave its approval, up to a total cost of $600. Steve recommended that the scout use green-treated lumber rather than cedar, which amounted to approximately 4X the price. Alec reported that the tin roof would be emerald green in color. Also the old structure will be removed. Mark moved to approve the project and Bob seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Phil Van Kampen reported that the Village of Oregon received a grant totaling $250,000 from Dane County for a bike path from behind Alpine Dairy to Fish Hatchery road. The estimated cost of the project is around $800,000 so there will be some fundraising required. Phil suggested that the committee consider meeting with the village to see if there would be a way for the township to get involved in the project. The proposed trail would be going primarily through public land, including land owned by the US Fish and Wildlife. Phil suggested that if the township creates a connection to the trail, it could be done in gravel at a minimum and the Town Crew could assist. It appears that the village’s timeline is for completion some time in 2013. The committee was in agreement and Steve will make some contacts with the village, perhaps beginning with Phil Harms on the village board.
The committee has not heard back from the Byrne family about the memorial for Harold Byrne. It is possible that the family is waiting for a fall planting.
Steve indicated that he has not heard back from Eagle Scout candidate, Tom Richardson about his project.
Mark reported to the Town Board about the concerns expressed about invasive weeds in the Town Park. It was discussed that the best way to control the wild parsnip is to cut the root below ground level, perhaps digging it with a shovel. When asked what it looks like, the committee was informed that it looks similar to Queen Ann’s Lace, but is very painful if the juice is exposed to sunlight. It creates painful blisters. The committee will do some further investigation for the next steps. The committee decided that the neighbors of the park will need to become involved in the process.
Bob and Chris displayed the signage that the committee will use to meet the obligation for the DNR contribution to the Town Park. The signs, created by Signs By Tomorrow, turned out exceptionally well and the total cost for the four signs is $93. Bob will attach the new signs to the existing park signs and have a couple of spares.
The discussion turned to the volume of weeds located under the equipment located in the Town Park. The Town Crew has been notified and will eventually spray the area with a water-based product.
The County is planning on setting a preliminary meeting to discuss possible uses for the Lyman Anderson farm. They want citizen input, so the meetings will most likely begin in September, to be held in the Town Hall. It is not currently known how the County intends to publicize the meeting.
The next meeting will be Monday, September 12, 2011 at 6:30 pm.
Bob moved to adjourn and Mark seconded the motion. Motion carried.