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General Membership Meeting
September 6, 2005

Secretary’s Report - Rocky Johnson
  • August minutes approved; filed for future audit.
Treasurer’s Report - Mike Christenson
  • August report approved; filed for future audit.
Director-at-Large - Jerry Hanson
  •  Reminder:  Trail pass is necessary this season; see MnUSA Report below.
Trail Coordinator - Steve Hohag
  • Grant Application:  Grant application submitted to our sponsor (City of Corcoran) for sign off for 2005-06 season. 
  • Trail Signs:  Additional trail marker signs on order and will be available at the shed prior to trail marking.
New Members
  • None present.
Old Business
  • Logo Apparel:  Logo has been digitized and catalog of apparel available through Rob Bell.   Suggestion again that we fund club shirts for Safety Training; Safety Committee to get estimate on what quantity would be necessary and return to October meeting with data.
  • Annual Membership Renewal & Invoicing:  Letter and invoice approved; Rocky to email Mike Johnston the membership listing for mailing.
  • Map Status:  Letter to go out to advertisers that map will be in circulation for another season; Rob Bell to draft letter for mailing to notify and contact Mustang (map printer) to advise.
  • Upcoming industry events:  Hay Days scheduled for September 10-11th.  Swap Meet volunteers needed for mid-November Snow Show; contact nwtrails@nwtrails.net if interested.
  • Upcoming dealer events:  None.
New Business
  • Trail Maintenance & Planning:  Trail Captains will meet after October General Membership Meeting to discuss coordination of brushing.
  • Hanover Bridge:  Mike Christensen will contact St. Michael Club to determine dates and number of volunteers necessary to complete bridge readiness for season.

New Business, cont'd.
  • Trail Issues:  A number of trails are potential issues, most will not be discovered until late fall.  Note the following:  Elm Creek Park:  losing south entrance due to 610 Freeway reroute construction; Three Rivers Park has agreed to pay for signage within park to advise of trail closure.  NE Corner of French Lake:  new development (dependent on construction timelines) may prevent trail passage; will know more late fall.  Cty Rd 144:  question regarding safety of trail, looking at alternate routes.  Laura Lake Loop:  need new Trail Captain for this particular trail; if interested contact Steve Hohag.  Larkin/Horseshoe:  new development (dependent on construction timelines) may prevent trail passage; will know more late fall.  Hwy 55 West from Plymouth:  question regarding safety of trail, looking at alternate routes.
  • Target Mailing:  Motion passed to target mailing to residents with currently licensed snowmobiles in Western Hennepin County to solicit assistance with regard to opening up trail possibilities; cost not to exceed $875; Joel Johnson to draft letter and get mailing list.
MnUSA - http://www.mnsnowmobiler.org
  • New trail pass legislation passed:  $15/year or $30/3 years when you register a new snowmobile; everyone that uses trail systems needs to have this pass; fees collected under this program will be credited to the snowmobile trails and enforcement account and must be used for grants-in-aid, trail maintenance, grooming, and easement acquisition.
  • Grant Program to be rewritten in 2006; stay tuned.
Club Updates
  • None.
Committee Reports
  • Map:  None
  • Safety Committee:  Rogers Youth Safety Training scheduled for Dec 4th and 11th; and Corcoran Youth Safety Training scheduled for Dec 1st, 6th and 8th with combined outdoor practical at Corcoran City Hall Dec 17th.  Jerry Hanson to contact Polaris to inquire as to availability of sleds for testing.
Adjournment: 8:57 p.m.

Next Meeting
  • Tuesday, October 4, Medina Ballroom
  • Board Meeting, 6:00 pm
  • Happy Hour, 7:00 pm
  • General Meeting, 7:30 pm

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