FORESTRY AND PARKS COMMITTEE MINUTES
September 10, 2013
The regular monthly meeting for Jackson County Forestry & Parks Department was held at 8:30am on Tuesday, September 10, 2013. Those present were: Bill Cornell, Karen Thayer, Norm Stoker, Merlin Fredrickson, Jim Zahasky, Jon Schweitzer and Ashley Stetzer.
Bill Cornell called the regular meeting to order at 8:30am
Motion made by Merlin Fredrickson, seconded by Norm Stoker to approve the minutes from the previous meeting with one correction, changing Steponik to Ostrowski, all members voted in favor.
Motion made by Charles Jensen, seconded by Norm Stoker to approve the minutes from the special budget meeting, all members voted in favor.
Motion made by Karen Thayer, seconded by Charles Jensen to approve the bills as presented for payment. All members voted in favor.
Parks & Trails Report:
Jon passed out conceptual design ideas from Stratford Sign Company out of Stratford, WI. Permission was granted without a motion to proceed in getting price quotes for designs and bring back to future meeting.
August was a very good month for camping revenue, and we are ahead from 2012. The new restroom facility located at East Arbutus is almost complete and staff is pleased with the final product.
Jon informed the Committee that there are 19 sites up for electrical upgrade at East Arbutus. Motion was made by Charles Jensen to grant permission to go out for bids on the electrical upgrade project; this would be a $70,000 project over the course of 2 years. Motion was seconded by Norm Stoker, all members voted in favor.
A new playground facility will be installed in the back loop of East Arbutus this fall. Motion was made by Karen Thayer, seconded by Merlin Fredrickson to grant the playground bid to Lee Recreation, option #1 with partial installation totaling $16,510.00. All members voted in favor.
Jon informed the Committee that plowing at the Parks will be cut way back this year to reduce cost and preserve road ways.
The 2014 budget was noted but no motions were made. One revision to use the Land Acquisition account to the fund the railroad grade crossing purchase was made. This must be entered into CFL, under special use.
The power trenching bids were reviewed for tree planting. Motion was made by Norm Stoker, seconded by Charles Jensen to award the job to Future Forest. Bid was for $75.00 an acre and will cover approximately 128 acres. All members voted in favor.
A Resolution to support the annual allowance harvesting in the National Forest was presented to the Committee. Motion to approve the Resolution was made by Norm Stoker, seconded by Karen Thayer. All members voted in favor.
Mike Kutcher talk with the Committee about the installation of new flooring. Mike informed the committee that carpets are cleaned much more frequently at the Forestry & Parks office due to the nature of the job. Motion was made by Karen to purchase new flooring after the blacktop is laid outside the shop building. Motion was seconded by Merlin, all members voted in favor.
The Perry Creek Cranberry Agreement was reviewed. Motion was made by Norm Stoker, seconded by Karen Thayer to increase the agreement to $2,000.00 annually. All members voted in favor. Other things noted to change in the agreement include public access and hunting and fishing rights.
The Wisconsin County Forest Meeting will be held at the end of September. Motion was made by Norm, seconded by Charles Jensen to allow Jim to attend the meeting. All members voted in favor.
Motion to adjourn made by Norm Stoker seconded by Charles Jensen, all members voted in favor.
Meeting was adjourned at 9:50 am
Next regular meeting date: October 8, 2013 at 8:30am
These minutes will be approved at the October meeting