VICTOR HIKING TRAILS
MEETING AT VICTOR TOWN HALL
September 20, 2018
ATTENDANCE: Jeff Hennick, Carol MacInnes, Joyce Keyes, Lisa Roberts, Chauncy Young, Suzy Mandrino, Ruth Rugaber, David Coleman, Brianna Sturgill
Meeting was called to order at 7:03 pm by Jeff
Motion to approve the August minutes by Suzy, seconded by Chauncy – Approved.
TREASURER’S REPORT: Ruth Rugaber
Assets as of August 31, 2018:
Ruth will be reimbursing Chauncy for some purchases he made over the summer.
$17 in Amazon Smile donations were received.
September membership renewals have increased the payments received via paypal.
Carol made a motion to approve the financials, Chauncy seconded - Approved.
MEMBERSHIP: Denni Harbaugh, absent
Membership is at 235 with 74 due to renew.
Meetup is at 896, up from 877 members.
PUBLICITY & NEWSLETTER: Dave Wright, absent
Dave posted the announcement for the September Challenge Hike on Sept 30th on the VHT phone line; Suzy will post it on the Town of Victor web page.
Next newsletter is due September 21st.
Town of Victor newsletter information is due to Suzy by Oct. 1st.
EDUCATION: Ralph Weber, absent
Lisa suggested a hike and educational tour of the observatory located in Ionia. It is staffed by the Rochester Astronomy Club. There are 2 miles of marked hiking trails open to the public on their property off of County Road 14.
VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR: Suzy Mandrino
The following events have been completed:
Twisted Branch Trail Run aid station on Saturday, August 18th. 13 volunteers were present. 125 runners participated in the event. One of VHT’s trail work volunteers, Todd Beverly, completed the 62 mile run
Farmington Family Fest on Saturday, August 18th; five volunteers were present. There was a good turn out at the event.
Hang Around Victor had 9 volunteers, one person for the morning hike.
Kettle Fest on Sept 15th had 7 volunteers.
Suzy will be requesting volunteers for the following events scheduled for September and October
September 30th, VHT’s Challenge Hike, Suzy is looking for sag wagon drivers; the hike is 16 miles long beginning at Boughton Park and ending behind Bed, Bath and Beyond.
The Victor Town Wellness Committee’s wellness fair for Town employees on Tuesday, October 30th from 8:30-11:30 at the Victor Town Hall.
The volunteer appreciation dinner will be held on Wednesday, October 24th at Finn’s Tap Room, beginning at 6:00 for socializing and dinner at 6:30.
TRAILMASTER: Carol MacInnes
Carol confirmed VHT has an easement from the Royal View Trail to the bottom of the hill and the property line between the Longwell and Vergulick properties below the powerlines. Carole will continue to approach property owners with adjacent land to pursue completing a connector trail from the Auburn Trail to Powder Mills Park.
Discussion regarding a cut through to the Auburn Trail from Victor Heights Parkway continued. Carole spoke to the Vice President of the company in the building next to the unimproved cut through trail. The person uses the trail to gain access to the Auburn Trail. She will speak to the landowners on behalf of VHT. However, there is vacant land adjacent to their property and the landowners will wait until the property is sold to make an official connector trail to the Auburn Trail
Carole spoke to the owners of the Knapp property on Break of Day Road. Jeff, Dave, Brian and Chauncy walked the land with the landowners and they signed a revocable permit. A single track trail will be built this year, eventually it will be widened to 8-10 feet.
TRAIL BOSS: Chauncy Young
Jeff, Dave, and Chauncy met with Fred Rinaldi about the moving the trailhead adjacent to the parking lot for the new brewery at the corner of Valentown Road and High Street. They will be receiving more information before any work is completed.
Chauncy has identified several projects that can be completed by scouts:
The beaver dam leveler project in Lehigh Crossing Park, which will prevent the beaver dams from flooding the area.
A boardwalk for the yellow trail behind Fisher’s Landing. Daryl has completed plans for the project.
A ramp for the boardwalk in Hundred Acre Woods.
Chauncy will be putting up trail closed signs for Duval and Judson properties for hunting season.
One billy goat is in need of repair
Volunteers have completed 715 hours of work on trails and 350 hours of work at festivals.
The September hike took place at Hang Around Victor Day. It was a beautiful day and they completed 3.6 miles, with one participant.
Jeff has been working on gathering a list of VHT property easements and will be marking them on the maps on the VHT web site.
Latest issue of Backpacker was received
Dave received a phone call about a possible donation of property for parking for the Auburn Trail.
A ribbon cutting ceremony for Emily Waldeman’s mural will be held on October 28th at 1:00. Emily’s family and Dave will work on the details.
A written thank you regarding the new Dryer Trail was received from a mountain bike rider.
Sept 30th - VHT Challenge Hike, Start at Bed Bath and Beyond, carpool or bus to Boughton Park and hike back to Bed Bath & Beyond
2018 VHT HIKES:
Oct 13th - Finger Lakes Trail Bristol Hills Section
Nov 10th - Abraham Lincoln Park
Dec 8th - Dryer Road Park
Fishers Fire Station 1, 7853 Main Street, Fishers. NY 14453. Chauncy Y. 455-1932.
Nov 24th - 8 am Moderate 5 mile hike. Fishers Park, Victor. Meet in the parking lot by the tennis courts on Wangum Road (County Road 42) near Main Street, Fishers. Dave W. 752-8313.
Dec 16th - 8 am Strenuous, hilly 7-8 mile hike. Seneca Trail/Crescent Trails. Meet at Kreag Road Park, 555 Kreag Road, Pittsford and carpool to Valentown Hall on High Street, Victor. Hike to Keag Road Park. Chauncy Y. 455-1932.
Dec 22nd - 9 am Moderate 6 mile hike. Seneca Trail North, Victor. Meet at the Bed, Bath and Beyond parking lot, 20 Square Drive, Victor- across from Eastview Mall. Dave W. 752-8313.
The next regular meeting will be on Thursday, October 18th 2018, 7:00 p.m. at Victor Town Hall.
Meeting adjourned at 8:23 pm.
Respectfully submitted by Lisa Roberts