Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Meeting Minutes from May 8, 2012.

Meeting Minutes
Decorah Human Powered Trails
T-Bocks Back Room
Tuesday May 8, 2012

7:00 p.m. Call to Order

Roll Call: Jeff O’Gara, Lee Hackman, Justin Ratzlaff, Kirk Johnson, Pete Blodgett, Jeff Freidhof, Doug Osborn, Rich Gosen, Jim Tripp, Erik Sovern, Marc Folkedahl, Ron Moffitt.

Treasurer’s report: $1,734.91 in our Park and Rec. Acct.  ($624 of that is from Toppling Goliath’s Watershed Wheat Project).  $611.06 in the club checkbook.  $50 needs to be paid to Lee Hackman for last year’s parade candy (done May 28, 2012)

Approval of minutes

Fundraising and sponsorships for 2012. 
Letters have been sent out to past sponsors.

28e Committee Request/TOW Trout Run Trail Phelps Park Connection.
Have had positive feedback on the trail link project.  News article/press release to follow.

Decorah Time Trials recap and discussion for next year’s event.
Some discussion on the short distance of the race… the good and the bad…  Cross traffic was discussed… Shorter distance makes for an easier transition to the end of race awards ceremony etc… Age categories should possibly be re-worked… Should the course add The Pines? Or Little Big Horn? It was proposed that we possibly move the Time Trials to Saturday afternoon and promote a Sunday Fun Day ride.

Old Business:
1. Website/Blog Responsibilities update. Nothing New.

            2. Trail building and maintenance for 2012.
Should we get a gas-powered generator to add to our tools?
We should pay another person (Possibly Kyle Lindquist) $10.00 per hour to do some “trail improvement work,” and some various shoring up of damaged trails.  We’d need to check with Park and Rec first about hiring this person.  Moved by O’Gara; second by Deke-Unanimous vote, Yes. 
Boa needs shoring.  Do we want to redo Old Randy’s this year?  Or not?

3. Club Clothing/Hats/Jerseys.  Nothing New.

4. NordicQuest, the date for this event has not been set.  Nothing New. (August date possibly).

5. Dirt Burger update for the Fri.-Sun., June 8-10, 2012 event.
McCaffrey’s will host live music, “Beet Root Stew” from 7-10pm Sat. night.  McCaffrey’s will pay for the band.  We need volunteers to collect $ at the door that night. Jeff O’Gara will take care of the camping area.
Need $50 for advertising with KDEC. Mention in local arts and entertainment page.

6. Night Shift Night Race update for the Saturday, September 29, 2012, event. Justin Ratzlaff volunteered to be the race director for the Night Shift.

New Business:
1. Decorah Open Streets Event Request (June 10th, 2012). (Sunday FOLLOWING DIRT BURGER)

“My name is Heidi Skildum and I am working on an exciting event that
will occur in Decorah on Sunday, June 10th called Decorah Open
Streets.  Decorah Open Streets is a celebration of personal, communal
and environmental wellness held on car free streets that are then Open Streets for activities of all kinds.

As part of the event, we would like to showcase some of the amazing
adventures available outside of Decorah's downtown district.  We are
hoping to advertise tours on our hiking and biking trails as well as
our waterways. I am wondering if Decorah Human Powered Trails would like to organize a mountain bike tour on our trails leaving the event at some point between 11 AM and 3 PM.  It is up to you if you would like to charge for the tour (everything else at the event is free) but we hope that participants could meet at the Decorah Open Streets event and then ride to the trail head.

Thank you for your consideration and we look forward to working with you.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Take care,

For more information about Decorah Open Streets, check out

Jeff Freidhof and Kirk Johnson volunteered to lead a couple of short Mtn Bike Rides leaving from the Fareway parking lot at 12:00 Noon and 2:00 p.m.

2. Service Project/Canoe Landing.
Lots of discussion on this item.   It was proposed that DHPT construct  a canoe landing downstream from Twin Bridges. It would be a permanent structure (with acknowledgement that a large flood event could take it out.) made with railroad ties, large rocks and concrete . We’d need a generator.  Perhaps we rent one from Decorah Rental or see if Wicks Construction would have one to borrow. There would be a sign erected that says “Built by Decorah Human Powered Trails.”  It could be at the current “landing” where the stream empty’s into the river… or it could be moved to calmer water a little downstream. It was determined that such a project would fall into our mission. We should look into this further and discuss at the next meeting in June.  Motion to form a committee to come up with a plan and present a the next meeting (Committee chair: Deke; Doug Osborn, Jeff O’Gara, Jeff Freidhof).

3. Other Items?
Cuyuna Trip June 1-3, 2012.  Depart 8:00 am, Ride Lebanon at 11:00 am on way up to Cuyuna. Deke will get a campsite. Return Sunday.
FUTURE Meeting Times and Ride Times:
*1st Monday of each month is DHPT Meeting Night.
*2nd Tuesday of each month is TT or Enduro.
*4th Wednesday of each month is TT or Enduro.


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