MINUTES March 8, 2016

Directors present:  Chanda Donnan, Pat Brown,  Marsha Putnam, Rosemary Johnson Val Lau, Barb Drake and Mike Wood.

Directors absent:  Kathy Glew, Linda Kraai and Mary Mallory.

Members Present: None

DNR – Tim Machowicz

President Marsha Putnam called the meeting to order at 6:38 PM.

Marsha presented the agenda, calling for any additions from board members.  The agenda was accepted as presented.

Mike Wood presented the minutes of the February  meeting.  Upon a motion by Pat Brown as supported by Barb Drake, the revised minutes were unanimously approved.

Pat Brown presented the Treasurer’s Report. Upon a motion by Rosemary Johnson, as supported by Mike Wood, the Treasurer’s Report was unanimously approved.

Pat shared that we are up to 80 2016 memberships.

Barb presented the Vice-President’s Report.  Barb reported on attending the Friends of Sleepy Hollow State Park monthly meeting.  The Group is raising money for a pavilion and has filed a PMP Grant Request.  Tim shared that for this year, applications for funds have exceeded funds available.

Marsha updated the Board with North Ridge Trail discussions.  Marsha is planning to attend the March ETS meeting and will continue to pursue information about support and opposition to the expansion.

Marsha initiated a discussion on insurance requirements.  Tim updated the board on positions proposed within the DNR that establish a need for insurance for all of our activities.   As for work bee volunteer protections, Tim explained that current protection is for Forest Lands, however, discussions are being held on expanding protection to more than just Forest Land.  Consensus was to continue to table insurance purchases and MOU execution pending further developments.

Marsha asked Tim for recommended Association activities related to the development of the Park’s Master Plan.  Tim encouraged the Board that, after working on plans designed to improve equestrian experiences,  we consider other needs within the Park.   Tim reviewed unfunded work-in-process requests, some of which have been outstanding for many years.   Tim also discussed challenges presented by tree diseases and invasive species.

Tim shared that our trails are coming up for remapping.  Tim expects mapping efforts to commence within weeks.

The next Board Meeting is May 10th, 6:30 PM at the Modern Cabin.

Upon a motion by Rosemary Johnson, as supported by Pat Brown, the meeting was adjourned at  8:15 PM.

Respectfully Submitted,

Michael A. Wood