VICTOR HIKING TRAILS
MEETING AT VICTOR TOWN HALL
March 21, 2019
ATTENDANCE: Dave Wright, Chauncy Young, Jeff Miller, Denni Harbaugh, Carol MacInnes, Ruth Rugaber, Larry Fisher
Meeting was called to order at 7:03 pm by Dave
Motion to approve the February minutes by Chauncy seconded by Denni – Approved.
TREASURER’S REPORT: Ruth Rugaber
Assets as of February 28, 2019:
We received income from Amazon Smile.
Chauncy made a motion to approve the financials, Carol seconded - Approved.
MEMBERSHIP: Denni Harbaugh
Membership is at 232 with 54 due to renew.
Meetup is at 945, up from 941 members.
PUBLICITY & NEWSLETTER: Dave Wright
Dave passed around the start of the Spring Newsletter. Lead story will be our National Trails Day on Sunday June 2.
Dave updated the phone message and sent out a news release for the April 13th hike at Ganondagan.
EDUCATION: Ralph Weber, absent
Denni has reaffirmed the visit to the Ionia Observatory on Saturday April 20th. Dave will include information that the group size is limited to 30 and people need to sign up on Meetup on the phone message and press release. The event will begin at 6:00 PM with a hike until 7:30, followed by a group dinner and presentation from observatory staff at 7:30. Sunset will be at 8 PM. Tours of the buildings will be at 8:30 and moonrise is at 9:20 PM.
Jeff Miller confirmed that the date for the nature walk with radio personality Michael Thomas will be on Sunday July 21st at 2:00 PM at Ganondagan.
VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR: Jeff Miller
Jeff confirmed that this year’s Arbor Day event is April 27th on Rothbury Circle (off School Street) at 10:00 AM. Jeff will be sending out event information and requesting volunteers for the event.
Chauncy traditionally makes tree saplings available to all Arbor Day event volunteers. He and Dave will be out of town on the tree sapling pickup date of Friday, April 26th. Jeff will also send out a request for volunteer(s) to pick up and distribute the saplings.
TRAILMASTER: Carol MacInnes
Dave, Chauncy and Carol need to meet with developer Mauro Polidori (585-733-1656) to discuss a trail access on Valentown Road near Monkey Run. It would go north onto the Genesee Land Trust property, just west of Falcon’s Nest development and the proposed new 3 homes. There is an easement on the Empire gas line.
We still need to follow up on getting an easement in Victor Heights so we can have access to the Auburn Trail. This would provide a loop with the FLCC- Victor Campus access trail.
Carol will contact the Knapps to see if they are willing to sign a permanent trail easement for the Auburn Trail connection ramp on their property (Break of Day Road).
Dave still needs to contact Howard Van Bortel to arrange a meeting with Carol, Chauncy and David Coleman to discuss Monkey Run Trails and possible trails to the west of his property (purchased from Helen Schrader).
TRAIL BOSS: Chauncy Young
Tanner Ritz (Troop 61) will be installing “You are Here” signs at intersections in Fishers Park. Chauncy and Jeff Hennick are helping him with locations. He is working with Brian Emelson for approval and finances.
Andrew Tavolette (Troop 341, Pittsford) will be getting flow measurements of the beaver pond outlet to help determine the size of the pipe needed for his water level control device. Chauncy and Dave are helping him. He also needs approval from Brian and the DEC.
Ethan Davis (Troop 60) will be building ramps for an existing bridge at 100 Acre Woods. He also plans to build a boardwalk across a muddy section of the trail. Chauncy has been working with him. Brian also needs to approve.
John Van Bortel (Troop 60) will be building a bridge on the Seneca Trail on the Duval property near Boughton Park. He will also be fixing a narrow culvert at the east end of the woods on the Duval property.
Chris Heltz is planning a nature trail on the Seneca White Deer park (formerly Seneca Army Depot). Dave and Chauncy met with him and Dennis Money (President of Seneca White Deer, Inc.) to look at the challenges. Chris’ grandfather worked at the Seneca Army Depot.
Trail maintenance equipment is all repaired and ready for spring.
Chauncy’s new truck is all decked out with the Victor Trails logo.
Chauncy passed around the 2019 maintenance schedule. The days and times are based on a survey taken by Chauncy of the trail volunteers. The first half of the schedule will be in the spring newsletter.
National Trails Day. Chauncy contacted Town of Farmington Supervisor Peter Ingalsbe to see if the new Auburn Trail will be open and the availability of the Mertensia Park Lodge. The lodge is booked for June 1. Chauncy checked with Victor P&R. Building is busy on Saturday, June 1st but is available on Sunday, June 2nd. So we will use the facility as our headquarters for breakfast, lunch and hikes.
We need more of the yellow trailhead signs. Chauncy will send out a copy of the current sign and ask for suggestions. Then we will update the sign artwork and get a quote from Voss Inc.
We will need more VHT brochures soon. We will update the artwork and get quotes.
Chauncy sent a thank you letter to Tom and Ebets Judson for improvements they made on the Seneca Trail on their property.
The March 9th hike was at Indian Hill in Perinton on Route 31. 14 people attended. The weather was cool but sunny.
Chauncy will be attending the International Trails Symposium April 26th – May 1st and attending a training seminar on rigging.
Larry Fisher gave an update on the Victor P&R Master plan. The P&R Citizen’s Advisory Committee is reviewing what the engineering company has drafted so far. They plan to make a presentation to the Town Board in June.
VHT will be participating in the ADK Outdoor Expo at Mendon Ponds on Saturday, June 8th. Setup will be at 8:00 AM. The event runs from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM. Chauncy will lead a 2 hour, fast-paced, hilly hike in the park beginning at 10:30 AM. We will have an ad in the summer issue of the ADK newsletter. Ruth will send them a check for $35.00.
Chauncy met with Mitch Donavan and Brian Emelson to discuss reviving the “Victor Trails” program.
Motion by Chauncy, seconded by Denni, to purchase the 2019 version of Quickbooks for the Treasurer, not to exceed $200.00. Ruth will make the purchase. She might get a version that can be used by two companies and split the cost with VHT.
Will be April 13th at Ganondagan State Historic Site at 9:00 AM. Meet at the parking lot on Boughton Hill Road. Tour the museum after the hike.
2019 VHT HIKES:
April 13th Ganondagan State Historical Site, 9:00 AM
April 27th Arbor Day on Rothbury Circle, 10:00 AM
May 11th Bentley Woods & Domine Trail
June 2nd National Trails Day Hikes, 8:30 AM at Parks and Rec building
June 8th Outdoor Expo at Mendon Ponds Park, 9:30 AM, hike at 10:30 AM
July 13th Wesley Hill Nature Preserve
July 21st Butterfly walk with Michael Thomas at Ganondagan at 2:00 PM
August 10th Grimes Glen and Tanner Falls
Aug 31st Bare Hill Ring of Fire, 5:30 PM
Sept. 7th Hang Around Victor Day
Sept 14th Fillmore Glen State Park
Sept 29th Challenge Hike
October 12th Finger Lakes Trail, Bristol Hills Branch
Nov 9th Powder Mills Park
Dec 14th Fishers Park
The next regular meeting will be on Thursday, April 18th, 2019, 7:00 p.m. at Victor Town Hall.
Meeting adjourned at 8:40 PM
Respectfully submitted by Dave Wright, acting scribe