TOWN OF OREGON PARK COMMITTEE
Monday October 15, 2012 @6:30pm
Present: Janine Jensen, Mark Brylski, Steve Root, Bob Johnson
Also present: Phil Van Kampen
The meeting was called to order.
The minutes from the previous meeting were read and were approved as read with the minor change that the next Town Board meeting at which the scouts will appear will be November 8th and not the 7th.
Phil Van Kampen appeared before the committee to make an appeal for assistance for the Village’s bike path on the northern boundary of the township. This proposed bike path will run down Netherwood Road behind the Alpine Dairy, past the US Fish & Wildlife sanctuary and out to Fish Hatchery Road. The Village of Oregon received a grant of $250,000 from Dane County and will be using those funds to create this gravel path. It will not be plowed in the winter, so therefore it will not be used for snowmobiling. The gravel path is projected to cost approximately $600,000, rather than paving which would have cost $875,000. Since the Village is planning on creating the path next year, Phil made the appeal for the Town of Oregon Park Committee to make a pledge of $5000/year maintenance for up to the next 5 years. This maintenance would include grading and replenishing the gravel. Steve mentioned that he felt the gesture of this offer would be great for the relationship between the two governments. Bob expressed a concern that the Town’s park funds are not growing due to lack of construction and he is concerned about a possible depletion of the funds. Mark expressed his concern that the bike path is located on the northern boundary of the township, and he wonders how many township citizens would actually use it in the proposed location. Discussion turned to use of old abandoned railroad tracks. Another question was what the County’s plan is for the new proposed Anderson Park. There is a train track close to this park and wouldn’t it serve the town’s citizens better by incorporating the bike path with this park. Mark also reported that bike paths are a key part of the Town’s comprehensive plan. Phil recommended that the committee take a look at the County’s website describing their vision for parks and bike paths. Steve offered to contact the Department of Transportation to look into the situation with the old tracks and he will also investigate the County’s vision for the new park, and find out if there are any new County funds that the committee could attempt to acquire. The committee decided that before there is further discussion, that the committee needs to look into the current bank balances of the parks.
Steve will be meeting with Phil Peterson on Tuesday, October 16th to discuss a possible creamery restoration in the southwest part of the township.
The next meeting will be Monday, November 19, 2012 at 6:30pm.
Bob moved to adjourn and Mark seconded the motion. Motion carried.