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Dec 2017 Meeting Notes

Schroon Lake North Hudson Snowmobile Club

Attendees –  Steve Krupski, Jim Robbins, Jon Halliday, Laurie Bruce, Sheryl Halliday, Steve Neander, Bob Doug Boustead, John Delucia, Jim Greenough, Jim Delucia, Dan Crisafulli, Mike Bouchard, Linda Conley

Laurie Gave the treasurers report. Biggest expense to date is the groomer insurance, $2477. Significant groomer parts needed to be ordered in the next weeks.

Super Raffle tickets will be available again this year. The club makes at least half on each ticket sold. Tickets sell for $5 each. There is long list of prizes, starting with choice of 2 new snowmobiles or $5000 cash. Drawing is at the NYSSA Forum in April.

The date for the 2018 Poker Run will be 10 Feb, a change from the Feb 17th date 1st reported. This is to separate our poker run from that of the Fish and Game Club. We are also planning the traditional spaghetti dinner on the 27thof January.  Assuming availability at the F&G club both events will be held there. We are thinking of having pizza and wings or the like at the poker run.

It looks like after approximately 250 hours of volunteer work most trails are in pretty good shape. Many had to be gone over twice due to recent winds which did a number on the trails.  There is some talk about trail closures and possible reroute required around the old Frontier Town property.  Town of North Hudson has asked to meet with us to discuss, not date yet.

Town of Schroon Highway Department was given a list of other areas where we may require their help and or equipment.  Some areas are still very wet and will limit what can be done before snow.

Purchase of a groomer drag mounted sickle bar was approved and an order placed.  Delivery expected in mid-December. 

The issue of DOT’s problem with snowmobiles along the Northway Right of Way was briefly discussed. The club has completed all it can to discourage riders from entering on to the Northway Right of Way.  If you, or anyone you know, have been riding the section outside the Northway fences please be aware this is not a local issue, we are being directed by NYS DOT that this is not allowed.

Brief initial discussions were held about the possibility of working towards the building of a clubhouse.  There is a possibility that the town may be able to provide to the club a piece of property that we could build on. Everything so far is very preliminary, more to come.

Laurie will be teaching the Snowmobile Safety class again this year.  It will be held at the Schroon Lake Fish and Game Club, Thursday Jan 11th, 7-9PM, Friday the 12th, 7-9PM, and Saturday the 13th, 8AM-Noon.  It is open to anyone who will be at least 10 years old by the 11th.  NYS requires this class of anyone 10-17 years old riding a snowmobile on the trails.  To register please call Laurie ay=t 518-532-7101.

The next meeting will be held 5 Jan, 7PM at the Schroon town hall.


November MeetingNotes

Meeting Notes – Schroon Lake North Hudson Snowmobile Club – 3 Nov 2017

Attendees –  Steve Krupski, Jim Robbins, Jon Halliday, Laurie Bruce, Sheryl Halliday, Steve Neander, Bob Rouseau, Sue Rouseau, Steve Drozdyk, Doug Boustead, Gary Egan, John Delucia, Jim Greenough, Larry Gleason

Laurie Gave the treasurers report. We just recently received the 30% closeout for last season from NYS in the amount of $2700.  We are in good shape with the real expense season just beginning as we ready for snow.

NYSSA Super Raffle tickets will be available again this year starting in November/December. The club makes at least half on each ticket sold.  Tickets sell for $5 each. There is long list of prizes, starting with 2 new snowmobiles or $5000 cash.  Drawing is at the NYSSA Forum in April.

The date for the 2018 Poker Run will be 17 Feb.  We are also planning the traditional spaghetti dinner but the date has not yet been decided.

It seems that this past summers weather has caused lots of growth of the small branches that cover the snowmobile trails.  Lots of help is need trim this stuff back for the sake of the groomers and riders.  All help is appreciated, in most cases a set of loppers or trimmers is all that’s needed.  If anyone comes upon a larger tree that is too big for them to handle please let Jim Robbins know (boat617@hotmail.com).  Also, if anyone can put in some hours clearing trails please email to Steve Krupski (skrupski61@gmail.com) the date, trail number or description, type of equipment used (ATV, Chain saw, clippers….) and names of the workers.  This info is needed to justify our grant funding from New York State.  We did have a pretty good start on trail clearing but recent winds caused a lot of trees to fall on the trails.  So far we have recorded over 120 hours of trail work, lots more to be done.

Town of Schroon Highway Department is helping out somewhat on our trail clearing and rebuilding efforts. The bridge at the base of the ski hill was washed out over the summer.  Dana and his crew did a great job in getting a large culvert installed and the trail back better than ever.  Dana has also asked us for a list of other areas where we may require his help and or equipment.

Discussion was held regarding the possible purchase of a sickle bar which can be mounted to the frame of the trail drag.  A final cost estimate was not available at the time of the meeting. A vote was held to authorize the spending of up to $4000, if the cost exceeded that we will revaluate.  This will cut branches up to 2 inches in diameter up to over 8ft from the trail surface. 

The issue of DOT’s problem with snowmobiles along the Northway Right of Way was briefly discussed. The 4 openings in fence north of town are being worked on.  The 2 center openings, the smaller of the 4, have been wired back in place to close up the fences.  The southernmost opening looks as though it was the victim of a car coming of the Northway and taking down a row of fence posts.  We have made NYS DOT in Schroon Lake aware of this and they are looking into it.   The northern most opening is at the Severance mountain trial parking area. We plan to patch that section of fence and block access to that trail.  Without the opening in the fence the trail is a dead end. Once again, the designated trail in that area runs along the road for a few hundred feet before heading up onto the old Dun Roamin property and onto the trail.  There are no options in this area due to landowner issues.  We will be adding signs, blocking forbidden trail access and the like in attempt to keep people from riding outside the fences and causing trouble with DOT.  If you, or anyone you know, have been riding the section outside the Northway fences please be aware this is not a local issue, we are being directed by DOT that this is not allowed.

The next meeting will be held 1 Dec, 7PM at the Schroon town hall.


October 2017 Meeting Notes

Meeting Notes – Schroon Lake North Hudson Snowmobile Club – 6 October 2017

Attendees –  Steve Krupski, Jim Robbins, Jon Halliday, Sheryl Halliday, Steve Neander, Bob Rouseau, Sue Rouseau

Laurie was not present so no formal treasurers report was given.  Jim did have copies of the latest bank statement which shows that right now we are in good shape financially.

NYSSA Super Raffle tickets will be available again this year starting in November. The club makes at least half on each ticket sold.  Tickets sell for $5 each. There is long list of prizes, starting with 3 new snowmobiles. Drawing is at the NYSSA Forum in April.

The date for the 2018 Poker Run will be 17 Feb.  We are also planning the traditional spaghetti dinner but the date has not yet been decided.

It seems that this past summers weather has caused lots of growth of the small branches that cover the snowmobile trails.  Lots of help is need trim this stuff back for the sake of the groomers and riders.  All help is appreciated, in most cases a set of loppers or trimmers is all that’s needed.  If anyone comes upon a larger tree that is too big for them to handle please let Jim Robbins know (boat617@hotmail.com).  Also, if anyone can put in some hours clearing trails please email to Steve Krupski (skrupski61@gmail.com) the date, trail number or description, type of equipment used (ATV, Chain saw, clippers….) and names of the workers.  This info is needed to justify our grant funding from New York State.

The club has received a message from NYS DOT that they are withholding their approval for our 2017-2018 trail funding pending us providing to them a written plan as to how we will work to prevent snowmobiles from riding along the Northway right of way outside the (cut open) the fences.  This has been an issue for some time and they are making a bigger issue of it.  The areas affected are behind Pine Lane and south of the Mt Severance trailhead parking area across from Alde Meadow road. The southern section by Pine lane is no longer an issue as the club built a major new trail to avoid that area. The northern section, from the parking area south behind the campground continues to be an issue.  The designated trail in that area runs along the road for a few hundred feet before heading up onto the old Dun Roamin property and onto the trail.  There are no options in this area due to landowner issues.  We will be adding signs, blocking forbidden trail access and the like in attempt to keep people from riding outside the fences and causing trouble with DOT.  If you, or anyone you know, have been riding the section outside the Northway fences please be aware this is not a local issue, we are being directed by DOT that this is not allowed.

 

The next meeting will be held 3 Nov, 7PM at the Schroon town hall.


March Meeting Notes

Meeting Notes – Schroon Lake North Hudson Snowmobile Club – 3 March 2017

Attendees – Steve Krupski, Jim Robbins, Jon Halliday, Sheryl Halliday, Jim Greenough, John Delucia

Laurie was unable to attend so no treasurers report was available.  In general terms we did very well on the Poker run and raised quite a bit of money for the club from the 50-50, poker run, Chinese auction, and shirt sales.

NYSSA Super Raffle tickets are still out in several local stores and restaurants.  The club makes at least half on each ticket sold.  Tickets sell for $5 each. There is long list of prizes, starting with 3 new snowmobiles.  Drawing is at the NYSSA Forum in April.

With such a small turnout at the meeting we discussed mostly the poker run and what could be done next year to make it even better.   Some things discussed:

Add a stop on the trail system further from town to encourage people to get out and enjoy the trails

Keep better track of which donated items brought in the most

Continue to look at other locations to spread the event around town

Allow people to draw cards earlier to reduce the lines…….

Since it looks like this season is over it is time to turn in any gas receipts you have accumulated. They can be given to any officer or dropped off at J&L automotive at exit 27.  You must have receipts for any purchase and a signed sheet showing gallons purchased and dates.  These will be added to the books that are kept at Severance Store and Stewarts.

This will be our last 2016-2017 season meeting.  Hopefully during the coming months we will explore some ways to move some of our trails off the snowbanks of open roads.  This will make grooming easier and help with our constant battle with the snow plows that plow up the groomed banks.  If we do come up with new trails to be cut and bridges to be built, we will publish the need for helpers at work parties as needed.  This would likely be in the fall.  2 areas to be looked at are Charlie Hollow road and the trail and roads to North Hudson and beyond.  There has even been some talk about North Hudson organizing their own club to take care of trails up there and the future trail proposed to Newcomb.   Lots to be discussed, nothing definite.

 

The next meeting will be held 6 Oct, 7PM at the Schroon town hall.


Feb Meeting Notes

Meeting Notes – Schroon Lake North Hudson Snowmobile Club – 10 Feb 2017

Attendees – Laurie Bruce, Steve Krupski, Jim Robbins, Jon Halliday, Sheryl Halliday, Jim Furnari, John Welch, Jim Greenough, John Delucia, Steve Neander, Dwayne Anderson, Cheri Anderson

Laurie did a treasurer’s report.  We are received our 70% check from New York State.  Helps a lot with our funds balance.

We have received some notices of people riding off trail on private property.  Please stay on designated trails and respect landowners.  There are many areas in Schroon Lake where a single landowner can close off half our trails.  We also have had some issues on the trail north of Hoffman Road where logging is going on.  The logger has complained about excessive speed through the area he is working in. We also have had issues with loose branches on the trail.  We have met with all parties and had some signs posted to let people know there is an active logging operational and caution must be exercised.

Also hearing some complaints about people riding outside the Norhtway fence near the Severance parking area across from Alder Meadow road.  The state will not allow us to have a trail along the Northway ROW and our designated trail in the area must follows along the road shoulder.  The state has posted no snowmobile signs but someone has cut the fences open.

NYSSA Super Raffle tickets are out in several local stores and restaurants.  The club makes at least half on each ticket sold.  Tickets sell for $5 each. There is long list of prizes, starting with 3 new snowmobiles.  Drawing is at the NYSSA Forum in April.

The club will also be selling 50-50 tickets with cash prizes for 3 winners.  They will also sell for $5.   Last chance to get your ticket will be at the poker run prior to the drawing.

Membership report from Leanna shows over 180 members as of the meeting.   

Overall the spaghetti dinner resulted in a profit for the club of approximately $800.  Thanks again to the kitchen crew of Jon Halliday, Sheryl Halliday, Cheryl Boustead, Mary Neander, and Karen Venner.  Also, special thanks to our long time decorating crew of Bob and Sue Rousseau.  Table decorations really classed up the affair.

Don’t forget this weekend’s Poker Run.  Looks like thanks to new snow and our groomer crew trail conditions should be the best of the season.

 

The next meeting will be held 3 Mar, 7PM at the Schroon town hall.


Jan Meeting Notes

Meeting Notes – Schroon Lake North Hudson Snowmobile Club – 6 Jan 2017

Attendees – Laurie Bruce, Steve Krupski, Jim Robbins, Larry Gleason, Bob Rousseau, Sue Rousseau, Jon Halliday, Sheryl Halliday, Jim Furnari, John Welch, Jim Greenough, John Delucia, Jim Delucia, Mike Bouchard, Linda Conley

Laurie did a treasurer’s report.  We are in pretty good shape, recent bills paid for storage unit and 1st installment of groomer insurance.

We have received some complaints of ATVs on the snowmobile trails.  Snowmobile club landowner permissions do not allow ATV use except for trail cleaning and maintenance.

NYSSA Super Raffle tickets are out in several local stores and restaurants.  The club makes at least half on each ticket sold.  Tickets sell for $5 each. There is long list of prizes, starting with 3 new snowmobiles.  Drawing is at the NYSSA Forum in April.

The club will also be selling 50-50 tickets with cash prizes for 3 winners.  They will also sell for $5.   They will be available at all club meetings and events as well as from Jim Robbins, Jim Furnari and others. Drawing will be at the Poker Run.

Membership report from Leanna shows 173 members as of the meeting, up from 76 as of the last meeting.  

There was ongoing discussion of club events, our traditional poker run and spaghetti dinner.   Jon and Jimmy will be shopping for supplies and food in the near future for the spaghetti dinner on the 28th of Jan.    The poker run will also end at the Fish and Game Club, hopefully with snow this year. Feb 18th for the poker run.  Fliers for both are out or will be shortly.

Some comments on posted documents to formalize some club procedures have been received and incorporated.     Officers met off line and decided since all comments were included that the documents can be considered approved.  They will be posted in final form on the club website.  These documents can be easily changed if things come up that make it necessary to do so.   Club Bylaws need to be submitted to New York State to obtain a sales tax exemption number. The Bylaws require a club board of directors to participate in club decision making.  Since we are so far though this season we decided to accept as volunteer board members for the remainder of this season; Doug Boustead, Steve Neander, and Dan Crisafulli.  Elections will be held next season for board positions.

Also, posted under the "more resources” tab are the gas tax forms and a procedure for certifying new club groomer operators and a listing of duties for a club position of membership coordinator.

 

The next meeting will be held 3 Feb, 7PM at the Schroon town hall.


Dec Meeting Notes

Meeting Notes – Schroon Lake North Hudson Snowmobile Club – 2 Dec 2016

Attendees – Laurie Bruce, Steve Krupski, Jim Robbins, Larry Gleason, Bob Rousseau, Sue Rousseau, Jon Halliday, Sheryl Halliday, Jim Furnari, John Welch, Cheri Anderson, Jim Greenough, John Delucia

Laurie did not do a treasurer’s report as she had not received the current bank statement.

NYSSA Super Raffle tickets are ready for distribution which should happen in the next couple days. The club makes at least half on each ticket sold.  Tickets sell for $5 each. There is long list of prizes, starting with 3 new snowmobiles. Drawing is at the NYSSA Forum in April.

The club will also be selling 50-50 tickets with cash prizes for 3 winners.  They will also sell for $5.   They will be available at all club meetings and events as well as from Jim Robbins, Jim Furnari and others. Drawing will be at the Poker Run.

Membership report from Leanna shows 76 members to date.   

There was discussion of club events, our traditional poker run and spaghetti dinner.   Dates are as proposed, Jan 28th for the spaghetti dinner, Feb 18th for the poker run.  No confirmation yet on the location of these events.   Cheri Anderson volunteered to make up posters advertising the spaghetti dinner.  A proposal was made to possibly have the poker run end at Paradox Brewery.  Initial estimates of costs for tents and porta-john at Paradox are pretty high, a couple options are still be looked at as well as Witherbees.

Some work is going on to get some documents in place to formalize some club procedures and also to be submitted to New York State to obtain a sales tax exemption number. Revised club bylaws will be posted as drafts on the club website under a category named "more resources”.  If anyone has comments on the posted drafts please send them to the club email (info@schroonlake snowmobiling.com) or bring them to the Jan meeting.

Also posted under the "more resources” tab are the gas tax forms and a procedure for certifying new club groomer operators.

 

The next meeting will be held 6 Jan, 7PM at the Schroon town hall.


Nov 2016 Snowmobile Club Meeting Notes

Meeting Notes – Schroon Lake North Hudson Snowmobile Club – 4 Nov 2016

Attendees – Laurie Bruce, Steve Krupski, Jim Robbins, Larry Gleason, Bob Rousseau, Sue Rousseau, Jon Halliday, Sheryl Halliday, Jim Furnari, John Welch

 

Laurie did not do a treasurer’s report as there was no activity since the mid October meeting.

New maps with local advertisements are being distributed around town in response to a lot of interest and requests.

NYSSA Super Raffle tickets have been ordered and should be available soon.  These tickets sell for $5 each, the club gets to keep at least $2.50 for each ticket sold.  There is long list of prizes, starting with 3 new snowmobiles.  Drawing is at the NYSSA Forum in April.

The club will also be selling 50-50 tickets with cash prizes for 3 winners.  They will also sell for $5.   Jim Furnari will get them printed at no cost to the club.  Drawing will be at the Poker Run.

Membership report from Leanna shows 47 members to date.   Please get your sled registered, there WILL be snow this year.

There was some discussion of club events, our traditional poker run and spaghetti dinner.   Dates are as proposed, Jan 28th for the spaghetti dinner, Feb 18thfor the poker run.  Jim will check with the Fish and Game club to be sure our selected date for the spaghetti dinner is available.  A proposal was made to possibly have the poker run end at Paradox Brewery.  This would have us set up a large heated tent outside the brewery and do our own food. Jim and Jon will talk to the owners to see if they have interest in hosting.

From Past Meeting:

We will be distributing (have distributed) a simple form that can be used to keep track of gas purchases that you make for your snowmobiles.   This can be used the same way as the books we normally we have at Stewarts and Mt Severance.  Any gas purchase for snowmobiles anywhere is eligible, the club can recover the highway taxes you pay.  You will need to sign the form and keep receipts, all turned into the club at the end of the season.

As in any other year there is lots of trail work to be done.  Also, it looks like 2 bridges will need to be rebuilt.  Any formal trail work parties will be posted on the club facebook page that can be accessed from the link on the club website.   You don’t need to be a facebook member to read the page. If any of you can get out and clear trials that helps a lot.  There seems to be a lot of light growth hanging in the trails that is easily cleared but is time consuming.  Anyone who does do trail work needs to report their hours to skrupski61@gmail.comwithin 60 days of the work being done so the club can claim reimbursement from the state.  We will also distribute a simple form that can be used to record hours if desired.

 

The next meeting will be held 2 Dec, 7PM at the Schroon town hall.


Oct 2016 Snowmobile Club Meeting Notes

Attendees      Leanna Welch, Laurie Bruce, Steve Krupski, Jim Robbins, Miiike Bouchard, Linda Conley, Larry Gleason, Bob Rousseau, Sue Rousseau, Jim Delucia, Jim Greenough, Jon Halliday, Sheryl Halliday

 

Major point of the meeting was election of officers for the 2016-2017 season.  Leanna Welch wished to step down as president so that position became vacant.  Jim Robbins was elected president, Jon Halliday to vice president.  Laurie Bruce was reelected as treasure and Steve Krupski as secretary.  Leanna Welch agreed to continue as membership coordinator.

Laurie gave the treasurers report, right now the club is in pretty good shape financially, groomer payments and insurance are the biggest current obligations. 

New maps with local advertisements are finally complete and correct.  They will be available around town in Dec.  Thanks to Leanna and Jim Robbins for all the effort to get the maps printed.

The club will be ordering 200 of the NYSSA Super Raffle tickets.  These tickets sell for $5 each, the club gets to keep at least $2.50 for each ticket sold.  There is long list of prizes, starting with 3 new snowmobiles.   Tickets will be on sale throughout town starting in December.

We will be distributing a simple form that can be used to keep track of gas purchases that you make for your snowmobiles.   This can be used the same way as the books we normally we have at Stewarts and Mt Severance.  Any gas purchase for snowmobiles is eligible, the club can recover the highway taxes you pay. You will need to sign the form and keep receipts, all turned into the club at the end of the season.

As in any other year there is lots of trail work to be done.  Also, it looks like 2 bridges will need to be rebuilt.  Any formal trail work parties will be posted on the club facebook page that can be accessed from the link on the club website.   You do not need to be a facebook member to read the page. If any of you can get out and clear trials that helps a lot.  There seems to be a lot of light growth hanging in the trails that is easily cleared but is time consuming.  Anyone who does do trail work needs to report their hours to skrupski61@gmail.comwithin 60 days of the work being done so the club can claim reimbursement from the state.  We will also distribute a simple form that can be used to record hours if desired.

There was some discussion of club events, our traditional poker run and spaghetti dinner.   More planning will happen in the next meeting.

 

The next meeting will be held 4 Nov, 7PM at the Schroon town hall.


Notes From Feb 2016 Meeting

Notes from snowmobile club meeting 5 Feb 2016

 

Attendees: Leanna Welch, Jim Robbins, Steve Krupski, Laurie Bruce, Larry Gleason, John Welch, Jim Furnari, Mike Bouchard, Linda Conley, Jim Greenough, Steve Neander, Doug Boustead, Tracy Hanchett.

 

Laurie started the meeting with the treasurer’s report.  The spaghetti dinner was successful financially even with the relatively smaller turnout. Jim Furnari won the 50/50 and donated his winnings back to the club.  Thanks to Jim for that donation.  With that donation we made a little over $700 for the club.

 

Maps are still at the printer, hopefully to be available soon.  We are using a different printer this year, we are learning a lot.

 

The next club event is the poker run, Feb 20th.  The poker run will end at Sticks and Stones and will go on snow or no snow.

 

Our current website fee is up for renewal.  We did some research into making some changes but decided to continue as is for another year. Next year we will have more time to determine if we want to make changes.


Next Meeting 11 March 2016.

 

 

 



Notes From Jan 2016 Meeting

Notes from snowmobile club meeting 8 Jan 2016

 

Attendees: Leanna Welch, Jim Robbins, Steve Krupski, Laurie Bruce, Larry Gleason

 

Laurie started the meeting with the treasurer’s report.  We have recently spent a lot of money on the new groomer ad major repairs to the old one but we are still in good shape for this season.

 

Maps are at the printer, hopefully to be available soon.  We are using a different printer this year, there have been some growing pains.

 

Dates were firmed up for 2016 snowmobile club events.  The poker run is planned for 20 Feb, benefit dinner for 30 Jan.

 

Groomer status – Groomers have been through normal maintenance and some major repairs.  The old town groomer given to the club last year required major work.  Transmission was rebuilt as well as the differential.  We were very lucky to locate parts for the differential at reasonable prices in order to make this repair feasible.  Major thanks to John Welch and Jim Furnari for all the work identifying and locating parts as well as the actual repairs and to Jonathan Ruggles for his help with reassembly.  The club also acquired a Tucker Sno Cat 1000 from a club in western New York.  The addition of a groomer will ultimately allow us to position a groomer up in North Hudson to allow grooming at that end of our system.

 

Some additional trail cleaning and sign placement was done in the North Hudson area to improve trails up that way. We are hoping to be able to do more grooming in North Hudson this season. More work still required, probably next season.

 

Club fundraising spaghetti dinner will be at the Fish and Game Club 30 Jan 2016, 4 PM.  Volunteers are needed.  If you can help out, please contact Leanna at 637-1073.

 

Next meeting will be 5 Feb 2016.



 

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