Friday, January 20, 2012

January 2012 Meeting Minutes

January 17, 2012 Meeting Minutes
Decorah Human Powered Trails
Cooper’s Pub—The Oaks

7:05 p.m. Meeting Called to order by Pres. Jesse Reyerson.

In Attendance

Jesse Reyerson
Doug Osborn
Pete Blodgett
Trevor Rockwell
Erik Fern
John Wilmes
Marc Folkedahl
Ben Shockey
Ward Budweg
Jeff O'Gara
Lee Hackman
Jon Ruf
Benji Nichols (arrived later)
Rich Gosen
Kirk Johnson, recording officer

Election of officers for 2012
President, Pete Blodgett
Vice President, Jeff O’Gara
Secetary/Treasurer, Kirk Johnson

Treasurer’s report.
We have approximately $700 in the checkbook at Park and Rec, plus another $280 in Petty Cash.
Outstanding bills: We owe Lee Hackman $50 for candy purchased for the parade last summer.

La Crosse, Wis., Human Powered Trails
Deke Gosen and Kirk Johnson gave a brief update on the La Crosse Wisconsin Human Powered Trails issue, as they had attended a public hearing in La Crosse a week ago to in support of the La Crosse trails group.  In a nutshell: The city council there had briefly considered the possibility of selling off the land (for housing development) where the La Crosse HPTrails are located.  Public interest in keeping this land undeveloped and adopting the land into the official park system prevailed.  The La Crosse organization did a very fine job of positively educating and informing the public and presented petitions with a few thousand signatures supporting the park designation.  Deke and Kirk both spoke at the public hearing along with a dozen other local supporters.  The park designation (saving the trails!) passed unanimously at the next full council meeting following the public hearing.

Website/Blog Responsibilities
There was a long discussion about the Website (cost: $13.75/month; Jesse Reyerson has been paying this fee out of his own pocket since the site was founded).  Jesse suggested we look at a site? Another suggestion was to perhaps get rid of the site and associated costs altogether and simply use the Blog (which is free) There were a number of ideas put forth.  The blog is the place where most of the updated information is posted.  The website is static, or at least has been the same for a long time.  It was suggested by a number of people that the Blog needs more entries on a more regular basis.  Jesse could set up more author access for the DHPT group so that there is more frequent updates and interesting things going onto the Blog.

It was determined to ask Jesse Reyerson to look into the Web issues and make a recommendation to the group at the next meeting as to the most sensible way to transition the management of the Website and Blog.

2012 DHPT Tasks

Justin Gullekson, John Wilmes and Troy Whitehill have volunteered to take over the Sponsorship Fundraising Drive for the year.  Jeff O’Gara will meet with the group and provide them with the information and materials they need to raise the funds from renewing sponsors.

Trail Maintenance
Jim Tripp has expressed interest in maintaining the trail maintenance position.  There are a few others who are also interested in the paid position.  It was determined to keep Jim Tripp in the position due to good performance of those duties last year.  It was suggested that the group help Jim a little more with some of the larger projects following Winter and Summer/Fall wind storms when trails become blocked with fallen trees and branches.

Decorah Time Trials
Deke volunteered to continue as race director for the Annual Time Trials.
Date: Sunday, April 29, 2012

Dirt Burger
McCaffrey’s Dolce Vita would like to host the evening festivities again and are requesting a date to line up entertainment etc… Eric Sovern (unable to attend the meeting) was called at home and the date was set for Dirt Burger 2012.
Date: Fri.-Sun., June 8-10, 2012

Night Shift Night Race
Deke suggested that we need more help with the 2012 night race.  There was also a suggestion to move the date up a month in order to capitalize on warmer Fall weather and the likelihood of better trail conditions.  Dates for Platteville’s Blockhouse Roll were taken into consideration… and it is likely that event will be moved into the summer months. It was decided by the group to move the Night Shift night race up to TWO WEEKS Following the Chequamegon Fat Tire 40, for the foreseeable future.
Date: Saturday, September 29, 2012

Iowa Bike Summit
Iowa Bike Summit in Des Moines is Jan. 27-29
Benji Nichols and Ward and Jacki Budweg will attend and represent DHPT
Winn. Co. Tourism will provide the booth and two hotel rooms for the event.
Gasoline costs will be reimbursed.
Jesse Reyerson will provide a Trail Map and Events Schedule (printed) for the reps to hand out to participants.
It was noted that the maps at get 200 hits per week.
There was some discussion about what to display at the Summit: Bring a screen display of Mountain biking footage…. Paired with the IPTV show “Iowa’s Simple Pleasures” that featured Decorah’s trails last year.

It was suggested that a Fat Bike/Moonlander be brought along to attract some attention to the booth.

Pugsley World Championships

The Second Annual Pugsley World Championships (PWC II!) will be held Saturday, February, 25, 2012.

There was some discussion about the closure of last year’s course to Snowmobiles (and horses) through the DNR’s public lands near Cardinal Marsh, making it impossible to run the race from Howard County near Cresco, through Ridgeway to Decorah.  An alternative route (Loop starting and finishing at the same place is being considered for 2012.  The alternatives include getting permission to use parts of the Trout Run Trail and using our Decorah Human Powered Trails as well.  There was lots of discussion about trail conditions… snow… no snow… warm weather/mud gravel roads etc…  There was concern that as a World Championship event, that the course needed to be Great!  It was decided to allow the race director to consult with others and determine the course a week ahead of time (When weather and the extended forecast can give us an indication of the best possible route to create), and announce the course officially at Frostbike (Quality Bike Parts annual product show in the Twin Cities) Feb. 17-19th, 2012.

Meeting adjourned.

Submitted by Kirk Johnson, recording secretary and treasurer

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

January Meeting Agenda

Tuesday January 17, 
7:00 p.m. 
Oaks Steak House

1.  HPT and LaCrosse City council report from Deke/Kirk
2.  Election of Officers
3.  Website and Blog Responsibilities
4.  2012 DHPT Tasks
5.  Pugsley World Championships
6.  Iowa Bike Summit
7.  Set 2012 Event Schedule dates

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

HPT and DHPT - working together for great trails!

I wanted to pass along the great news that Kirk and Deke were able to bring back from last night's La Crosse City Council meeting.  A Big THANK YOU goes out to each of them for taking time to help support the La Crosse HPT group with a similar cause to ours and representing DHPT well.  Thanks Guys!

Here is an article from the La Crosse Tribune:

This Morning I asked Kirk and Deke how it went.  This is what they had to say.

From Kirk:

Very well...There were at least 100 people in the room in support of the measure to make the area an official "park."  The crowd ran the gammut (local hikers,  University student CC runners, local homeowners)  It was standing room only.

You had to fill out a short form expressing your view on the issue when you "checked in" at the door... and indicate if you were requesting to speak.

Deke and I were 2 of about a dozen speakers.

They gave everyone 3 minutes.  Deke probably used a minute... I probably used 2.

2 other speakers were local real estate developers who basically said that developing this last would not be appropriate due to the costs involved.... and the city has just spent over $1-million buying up some bluff top land to keep it from being developed...  so why would you develop this?

Another speaker was an 8-year old girl who said "she liked to play here and have fun." (She is the daughter of an old Luther grad friend of mine, Rusty Koch)

A couple of local bike guys, a shop owner and a Human-Powered Trails father/son team (They were at the Night Shift Race this fall)

The speakers were very respectful and succinct.

The group of councilmen/women voted unanimously to place this up for a vote on Thursday night when they meet next.  Several of the voting members spoke positively about supporting the measure on Thursday, and thanked the public for their huge show of support for the measure.  I am sure the measure will pass.... probably unanimously.

Afterwards, People thanked Deke and I for showing up to support the measure from "out-of-town." and a couple of the council members recognized in their comments that people had come from out of state to defend the issue.

From Deke:

Last night was a an example of a well run grass roots campaign. The
broad base of support included every one from real estate developers
to 8 year old kids. There was 100 or so people there of all ages, and
about a dozen of us spoke, myself and Kirk included.

I had heard that the councilman who  forced the issue was the bad guy
in all of this. He spoke at the conclusion of the meeting and
explained his position very clearly. The city had acquired this land
50 years ago from the state university system, with the intent of
making it into a park. After acquisition, nothing else was done to it.
It was never said what it was. A park? Industry? Housing?(Sounds like
FDR or Van Peenen!)
Then the city sold the National Weather Service land to put up the
weather radar ball that is in the tract. A precedent of selling of
fthe park was established...or was it?

The current process is clarifying the relationship of the Hixon tract
to the city of La Crosse, and after these hearings the council voted
unanimously to recommend park status. The final decision will be made
in a session closed to the public on Thursday. At this time it looks
like we will be able to ride up there for the foreseeable future.

Make sure you congratulate the La Crosse boys for a job well done.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

DHPT - Next Steps

Hello All,

I'd like to thank everyone who has been a member/contributor/supporter and friend of Decorah Human Powered trails while I've been the President of the Organization.  As some of you already know and some may not, I've accepted a position with the University of Wisconsin Platteville and I am now a resident of Wisconsin.  Unfortunately, I don't foresee myself being able to fulfill my duties as president of the DHPT organization living this far away.  It would be taxing on me, and difficult to do the job that the organization deserves.  2011 was one of the busiest years for DHPT to date, with many purchases, fund raising drives and events, parade floats, a paid trail position, and community service work just to name a few successful activities.  

As I have to step back from this organization, I have been reflecting on why we started DHPT in the first place.  The #1 goal in founding DHPT was simple: To preserve the right for Decorah's local bicyclist to enjoy the Decorah Park systems.  We've grown and we've managed to squeeze a lot more than that into our list of accomplishments, but I would ask everyone to keep in mind that the #1 priority going forward should remain keeping the Decorah Parks and Trail Systems open to local Bicyclists, Runners, Hikers and Walkers.  

Deke has laid out a well worded e-mail with the direction DHPT needs to take.  There has been a lot of work done a small number of people in the organization for some time.  We need your help and participation to keep it going and to keep our trails open.

The January DHPT meeting will be held on Tuesday  January 17th at the
Oaks. Please note the change of date.

You are receiving this e mail because you have expressed interest in
participating in in DHPT activities and projects.
Well, this meeting will give you the chance to make a difference. On
January 17th,  we will be discussing and setting the schedule for the
up coming year.
Items on the agenda will include, and will not necessarily limited to
the following topics.

1. Election of officers. For a variety of reasons, none of the current
officers will be running for office. If you you have an interest in
contributing to the future direction of DHPT, feel free to run for one
of the officers.

2. Signing up for projects and events for the upcoming year. For the
last couple of years, every thing has been done by the same few
people. Consequently, things seem to have fallen into a rut. We are
looking for fresh ideas from any body who has them. If no one wants to
take a project on it would follow that they project is not worth

We will need leaders for the following projects:

1. Sponsor ship drive. This will include letters to prospective
sponsors, following up on the responses, collecting logos, sending out
thank you letters, updating the kiosk sponsor sheet and sending out
sponsor appreciation plaques. This would work best with 2 people to
spread out the work. The time frame for this job will be getting out
letters in April, updating the kiosks in June and getting letters and
plaques out in the fall.

2. Race and event promotions. This position will be the point person
for the Time Trials, Dirt Burger and Night Race. This will include
determining courses, working with Park and Rec, and organizing

3. A paid trail position which will run from April to September. This
will be the third year we have had this position. Last year Jim Tripp
put in about 100 hours of work. Compensation is $2000.00 for the whole

4. Volunteers to run a Tuesday night club event. This could be any
thing from time trials to enduros to orienteering to whatever you
think would be fun. Bring your ideas and be creative. Any thing goes,
and it is not limited to our trail system. Think about Yellow River,
La Crosse or Rochester.

5. Contributors to the blog and web site. The blog and web site get  a
lot of traffic. Let people know what you have to say.

We will be providing a sign up sheet for the above jobs.
See you on the 17th.

Monday, January 2, 2012

NYD Aftermath and some other stuff

50 mph head winds.  Every ride the rest of the year will get easier.  Here's some pics from the past week.  Some of the NYD ride, some of Puppys on bike trails, some of the Osborn's Heli Skiing trip to B.C.