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January Meeting Minutes

TBTA Meeting Minutes -January 4, 2018

Board Members Present

  • Tom Dowd
  • Jeff Blumenthal
  • Tim Rumbles
  • Stan Mischley
  • Ron Anderson
  • Bob Niedzwiecki
  • Spencer Mendel
  • Dennis Vesotski
  • Mary Reichardt
  • Joe Houle

Also in attendance

  • Mike Dipzinski
  • Hal Butler
  • Jen Butler
  • Randy Fairbanks
  • Blake G

Meeting Notes

Chippewa Hills Grooming Report

Tuesday 12/26/2017 4pm

Randy called to report all trails at Chippewa are now groomed and tracks set. Ski conditions are good…. ENJOY!

Norway Ridge Trails Grooming

Thanks to Jeff Blumenthal for getting on the trails with the groomer today. Lets Go Skiing!

New Equipment Update

TBTA has taken delivery on our new groomer from SnowGroomer.net in Harbor Springs. Thanks to funds raised by our members and a generous grant from the Alpena Youth Advisory Council at a total cost of $3,299.95 we now have a new light weight groomer for Norway Ridge ski trails and the Winter Sports Trail behind Northern Light Arena.

 

Norway Ridge Pathway update

After this week’s wind storm we had to scout all the ski trails at Norway and remove several downed trees thanks Dennis and Mike for your help.

2018 Youth Ski Club Announcements

Last year, the Thunder Bay Trails Association (TBTA) was awarded $5500 from the Alpena County Youth and Recreation Fund to form a Youth Cross Country Ski Club for area youth ages 5-17. The TBTA requested funding for six instructional ski sessions on Sundays from January through March. Unfortunately, the mild winter and minimal snowfall, limited the sessions to five. The Alpena County Youth and Recreation Funds were used to pay the cost of the rental ski equipment. The response to the ski program was overwhelming as 46 kids registered and 39-50 kids and parents participated in each session. The Youth Cross Country Ski Club program introduced kids and families to a new healthy winter sport without having to make a large investment in equipment. The TBTA provided groomed ski trails at the Alpena APlex and Alpena Public Golf Course, volunteers to distribute the equipment, instructors, and snacks for the participants. Recently, the TBTA applied for the same Alpena County Youth and Recreation grant to continue the Youth Cross Country Ski Club in the winter of 2018. Fortunately, the TBTA was awarded the Alpena County Youth and Recreation grant and will continue the Youth Cross Country Ski Club in 2018.
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Chippewa Hills Logging Update

Message from Blake Gingrich – Unit Supervisor MDNR-Parks and Rec.:

Chippewa Hills Harvest started last week.  The loggers are currently working in the “H” block (see attached map) and plan on moving into E next week.  The specs from Forest Resources Division require the loggers to quit working by December 15th but if there is no snow will be allowed to stay longer to avoid impacting the skiers.  Once we get 4 “inches or so all operation will be stopped.
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Announcing The Alpena IceFest Fat Tire Bike Race January 27th 2018

Go to the web site here for the details and to register.

www.icefestfatbikerace.com

Sponsors Needed

Thunder Bay Trails will be hosting 2 races in 2018 and we need sponsors. Funds raised during the race will go toward new grooming equipment and maintaining and building new trails. TBTA gives back to the community 100% of the funds raised by means of advocating, protecting, creating and maintaining non motorized trails in the greater Alpena County area, we also support youth cross country ski club and youth mountain biking.
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Chippewa Hills Mountain Bike Race POV credit Austin Leeke

TBTA Board Member Meeting Minutes

09/14/17 Thunder Bay Trails Association Meeting Minutes

Attendees:

Tom Dowd, Jeff Blumenthal, Tim Rumbles, Spencer Mendel, Stan Mischley, Bob Niedzwiecki, Dennis Vesotski, Hal Butler, Jennifer Buitler, Marshal Olger, Randy Fairbanks

  1. Meeting Start 6:10 PM
  2. Treasure report- Total balance of $3,075.36 (accepted by dennis/jeff)
  3. Jeff to write grant proposal for new grooming equipment (accepted by jeff/spencer)
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Are you ready for The Chippewa!