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Feb Meeting Minutes

Meeting Minutes – Schroon lake North Hudson Snowmobile Club – February 1, 2019

Attendees: Steve Krupski, Mike Bouchard, Tom Kennedy, Linda Conley, Jim Robbins, Douglas Boustead, Jon Halliday, Steve Miller, Steve Neander, Dwayne Anderson, Jim Greenough, Richard Pluff, Robert Leszyk, John DeLucia

John Halliday called meeting to order at 7:04 pm with the Pledge of Allegiance

January 4, 2019 meeting minutes were read and approved.  Motions by Steve Neander and Dwayne Anderson to accept.

TREASURY’s REPORT:

Jon H provided the Treasury’s report in Laurie Bruce’s absence. We received our 70% check from NYS for $7728.00. There is 9970.67 in the checking account and $6650.39 in the savings account as of January 31, 2019. The detailed report was tabled in Laurie’s absence.

A motion was made to accept the report by Steve Neander and 2ndby Mike Bouchard.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT:

The president reported we are up to 192 members.

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT:

The spaghetti dinner was a success with 67 dinners served. With 50/50, dinner proceeds and donations, profit for the event was over $600.

The poker run is on for Feb 9 with sign ups Friday 5-9pm at Flanagan’s and 8-10 am Saturday morning at the Timberwolf. There will be 11 stops, 1 card for stop, play your best 5. 4:30 pm is a hard stop for whoever is in line at that time for playing a hand. A special thank you to all supporters and sponsors.

Directors Insurance was approved and purchased. We bought into a $10M umbrella policy across all NYSSA clubs.

Dwayne Anderson talked to Terra Alta owner and owner agreed for us to pass on the trail through his property. Extra signs have been added and encouraged all riders to observe sign and stay on the trail.

A word of caution was given to be watchful of groomers on the trail.

The interactive NYSSA online map now includes all SLNH local trails, updated by Jon H. He will also add any points of interest. Feel free to give suggestions.

Jon emphasized a big thank you to all groomers! A motion to show our appreciation to Ethan, Larry and John with $50 gift certs was made by Jimmy Robbins and 2nd by Steve Neander.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

Steve Krupski mentioned the need to GPS the new trail and bridge over rt 74.

Dwayne Anderson reported that he spoke to East Coast Snow Cross in Lake George regarding bringing back Drag Races and Snow Cross. We all agreed this is something to look at more closely for 2019-2020 season in the coming months. It is a lot of work and we will need a lot of volunteers. In the past, it was reported that this was a great event for the community and the club with great economic, public relations and social benefit and was very well supported by the business community.

Meeting was adjourned at 7:55 pm with a motion by Jon H and 2ndby Doug Boustead.

Special thanks to Sheryl Halliday for the cookies served at the meeting!


Jan Meeting Notes

Meeting Minutes – Schroon lake North Hudson Snowmobile Club – January 4, 2019

Attendees: Steve Krupski, Mike Bouchard, Tom Kennedy, Linda Conley, Jim Robbins, Laurie Bruce, Douglas Boustead, Jon Halliday, Steve Miller, Steve Neander, Dwayne Anderson, Sue Roussuew, Bob Rousseuw, Dan Crisifulli

John Halliday called meeting to order at 7:00 pm with the Pledge of Allegiance

December 7, 2018 meeting minutes were read and approved.  Motions by Steve Neander and Linda Conley

TREASURY’s REPORT:

Laurie Bruce provided the Treasury’s report. There was $1876.47 in the checking account and $6649.55 in the savings account as of December 31, 2018. We have not received the 70% trail fund check from NYS to day. Both vouchers we submitted and payment should be forthcoming.

A motion was made to pay due invoices and to accept the report as read by Doug Boustead and second by Steve Neander.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT:

Flyers have been distributed for all applicable events except the Poker run which will be out in town and distributed no later than 1/11/19.

Over 60 Super NYSSA raffle tickets have been sold so far. Last year we sold 107.

The poker run remains scheduled for Feb 9, 2018 with a alternate date of 2/23/19.

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT:

Board of Directors Insurance was again discussed. Jon reported the premium cost of $400 per year from Great American Insurance Company of Cincinnati Ohio. He is investigating the level of liability insurance that will be provided for that price. General consensus was to go forward with obtaining the recommended insurance. When Jon understand the coverage amount, he will share and obtaining the insurance will be put to board vote via email.  The SLNH Club is covered under NYSSA insurance.

As anticipated, the interactive trail map is online. SLNH will put a link to the map on FB and our webpage. Jon has already added point of interest and will be adding more including the local trails in the coming days and weeks. There are 7 clubs in Essex County NY represented on the map. These clubs are Newcomb, Minerva, Lake Placid, Schroon Lake / North Hudson, Ticonderoga, Willsbury and Moriah. We anticipate that all clubs will update the map as we intend to as well. This should give us a better picture of the complete Essex trail system.

Steve Krupski brought up the need to work with Terra Alta owners to ensure the trail through the property is respected to the extent we can control and that we do our best to add signage to respect land owner property and to stay on marked trails. Dwayne Anderson will work with the owner to ensure that proper easement paper work is in place.

The spaghetti dinner is set for 1/26/19 at the SL Fish and Game Club and volunteers for clean up are needed. Please see Jon for details. Jim Robbins is working to borrow the Boy Scout’s advertisement sign to put on the corner of route 9 to advertise the event.

The gun raffle was revisited. A 44Mag Henry "not for profit sale price” would be heavily discounted off list. Therefore, an estimated and substantial $2500 profit could be gained by selling 300 tickets. The decision was tabled and will be discussed again at a later time for fall 2019 (before the new hunting season).

NEW BUSINESS:

Steve Krupski reported that almost all trail signage is posted and could use some help finishing up Jellystone. See Steve K for details.

Meeting adjourned 7:50 pm, motion by Mike Bouchard and 2ndby Doug Boustead.

Think SNOW!

Special thanks to Sheryl Halliday for the cookies served at the meeting!


Dec 2018 Meeting Notes

Meeting Minutes – Schroon lake North Hudson Snowmobile Club - December 7, 2018

Attendees: Steve Krupski, Jim Greenough, Mike Bouchard, John Delucia, Tom Kennedy, Paul Goldsworthy, Pat Goldsworthy, Sheryl Haliday, Gary Tromblee, Linda Conley, Jim Robbins, Laurie Bruce, Douglas Boustead, Jon Halliday, Steve Miller.

John Halliday called meeting to order at 7:02pm

November 2, 2018 meeting minutes were read and approved.

TREASURY’s REPORT:

Laurie Bruce provided the Treasury’s report. There was $11781.96 in the checking account and $6649.55 in the savings account as of October 31, 2018. A motion to pay the Chamber of Commerce for 2019 membership was made by Doug Boustead and 2ndby Tom Kennedy.

The Treasury’s report was approved as read.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT:

Discussed the possibility of a gun raffle to review further and get more detail. If we sold 300 tickets, we could make $2500 profit and other clubs have had good experiences with raffles like this.

Spaghetti dinner will be 1/26/19 at the Fish and Game Club. Please spread the word.

The poker run will be Feb 9, 2018 with a alternate date of 2/23/19.

Jim encouraged members to come up with new ideas for fundraisers.

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT:

Jon passed around the new proposed 2019-2020 trail to Frontier Town. 

Salsbury snowmobile club is having a groomer class on January 4 and 5th if anyone is interested and contact Jon for more information. Jon explained how the club receives state funding for "funded trails” and SLNH club has 40 miles of maintained/groomed, funded trails. We receive approximately $10,000 a year, 70% at start of season and 30% "true up” at end of season.

Jon also advertised the new NYSSA interactive online map due to be available 12/10/18. An app is scheduled to follow. The map is to provide trail conditions, other news and updates and business locations.

Laurie Bruce added that there is a snowmobile safety course to be offered at Newcomb Fire Hall on January 24-26, 2019 for any kids up to 18 and adults interested.

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

Steve Krupski asked for volunteers to complete the Paradox Creek Bridge decking on 12/8/18 at 8:30a.

John Delucia discussed getting the word out about gas tax and to remind riders about the importance through social media and bars. Gary Tromblee offered to discuss with Stewarts and report back.

A thank you to Dan Crissifulli by Doug Boustead for donating a 20-foot storage shed to put by Groomer shed in spring.

Jon Haliday will continue to investigate quotes for BOD Insurance.

Linda Conley suggested a moonlight ride and some discussion was had about more ideas and investigating further.

Meeting adjourned 8:03pm, motion by Doug Boustead, 2nd by Linda Conley.

 

 

Thanks to Gary Tromblee from Sticks and Stones for the pizza dinner and to Sheryl Halliday for the cookies!


Nov Meeting Notes

Meeting Notes – Schroon Lake North Hudson Snowmobile Club – 2 Nov 2018

Attendees –  Steve Krupski, Jim Robbins, Mike Bouchard, Linda Conley, Chuck Dickinson, Joe Peterson, Suzanne Hurtato, Doug Boustead, Laurie Bruce, John Welch, Leanna Welch, Dan Crisafulli, Ethan Thompson, Larry Gleason, Gary Trombley, Steve Drozdyk, Gary Egan

October 2018 meeting notes were read and approved.

Laurie gave the treasurers report.  We appear to be in pretty good shape. This is the time of year where most expenses are incurred.  Major upcoming spending includes bridge materials, groomer insurance, storage unit rent and a few other minor things.

 Super Raffle tickets will be available in early November.   This year the club has donated a $200 cash prize as part of the statewide raffle.  The club prize will be listed on the flyer that comes out.  Tickets will be for sale at Flanagans, Timberwolf, Sticks and Stones, Fish and Game club and possibly others. 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 3 new snowmobiles or $5000 cash.  Drawing is at the NYSSA Forum in April.

DEC has completed much of the work on the new campground at exit 29.  The club was recently told our trail would have to be moved this year but they have since told us we can use it for one more year. A new trail is planned to be built on town of North Hudson property for next year.  There is a new parking area at the campground that is supposed to be available for snowmobile trucks and trailers.

Jon Halliday has done some work researching insurance quotes for both our groomer insurance and a policy for club officers and BOD as recommended by NYSSA.  So far none are significantly better than what we are currently paying.  More info still coming.  A question was brought up as to whether  trail workers are covered by their own health care coverage or by the club. 

General trail cleaning is in process.  The trail from the golf course to the Manor, the trail from the fire house north to Dun Roamin, and the trail from River road north to Frontiertown have been completed.  Major work still to be done up on Hoffman and on the new bridge near the Rt 74 crossing.

The 2 major trail improvement projects discussed last month are in process. Major work is ongoing to build a bridge across Paradox Creek.  The work behind Schroon campground to be done by the town has not been done yet due to other priority work and bad weather.

A proposal was made to investigate the purchase of a shipping contained for storage of miscellaneous club items in lieu of renting our storage unit.  The plan would be to locate it around the groomer barn so everything would be centrally located.  We would need town approval to put it there.  Dan Crisafulli and Doug Boustead agreed to investigate the costs.

The club received a check from NYS for $28.16 for gas taxes paid on gas for our sleds over the past 2 years.  We need to do a better job of turning in receipts for the gas we buy.  There is a form on the website that can be used to write down purchases.  The forms with receipts can be turned in at any time, preferably at season end.

Two changes to the bylaws were proposed, voted on, and approved.  One calls for a September meeting as start of the season rather than October.  The second allows for 3 to 5 positions on the Board of Directors, rather than the previous 3.

 

Results of elections of 2018-2019 club officers and Board of Directors

Club President – Jim Robbins

Vice President – Jon Halliday

Secretary – Steve Miller

Treasurer – Laurie Bruce

Directors , 4 positions – Doug Boustead, Dan Crisafulli, Steve Neander, Linda Conley

 

As of Nov 5 the club had 67 members.

 

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


October 2018 Meeting Notes

Attendees –  Steve Krupski, Jim Robbins, Jon Halliday, Sheryl Halliday, Steve Neander, John Delucia, Mike Bouchard, Linda Conley, Chuck Dickinson, Andrew Gushee

Shery Halliday provided all attendees with some excellent chocolate chip cookies.

April 2018 meeting notes were read and approved.

Laurie was unable to attend so there was no treasurers report.  Good news is that no major groomer repair expenses are expected this fall.

 Super Raffle tickets will be available in early November.   This year the club has donated a $200 cash prize as part of the statewide raffle.  The club prize will be listed on the flyer that comes out.  Tickets will be for sale at Flanagans, Timberwolf, Sticks and Stones, Fish and Game club and possibly others. 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 3 new snowmobiles or $5000 cash.  Drawing is at the NYSSA Forum in April.

DEC has completed much of the work on the new campground at exit 29.  The club has been told that DEC will be rerouting our trail in the area but so far they cannot tell us if it will be done for this season.  There is a new parking area that is supposed to be available for snowmobile trucks and trailers .

Jon Halliday has done some work researching insurance quotes for both our groomer insurance and a policy for club officers and BOD as recommended by NYSSA.  So far none are significantly better than what we are currently paying.  More info still coming.

General trail cleaning is in process.  The trail from the fire house north to Dun Roamin has been completed and signed.  Lots of other work to do.  We will try and make members aware of upcoming work days.

There are 2 major trail improvement projects planned which will require lots of work and some excavating equipment.  First is an effort behind Schroon Lake campground.  The owner has agreed to let us cut some trees and straighten the trail allowing for better groomer access.  We in turn agreed to cut up the trees we remove and stack them for the owner to use as firewood.  We are going to ask the town for some help with equipment to remove the stumps and level the trail.  We will likely need help to get the trees cut up and stacked.  More info will be posted when we know the time this will happen.

The second major project is a major trail reroute of C8C where it crosses Rt74. We intend to install a bridge over the Paradox Creek just west of the current crossing by Dave Whitty’s.  Mike Marnell has been able to find us an outdated temporary highway bridge which should fit our needs. The trail will then run through woods and fields and cross 74 in the area of the current boat wash station, just west of the Rainbow campground.  It will then run though fields and some woods again to come out on River road past most of the houses.  This will be a major effort but it will result in a much better trail with a much safer road crossing.  Special thanks to landowners Merritt Hulst and Analise Riganor for their permission to use the property and their help in the final trail routing.  Once again, when we have specific dates for the major work we will publish that on email and on the club Facebook page.

Nomination of candidates for 2018-2019 club officers and Board of Directors

Club President – Jim Robbins

Vice President – Jon Halliday

Secretary – Steve Miller

Treasurer – Laurie Bruce

Directors , 3 positions – Doug Boustead, Dan Crisafulli, Steve Neander, Linda Conway

 

Elections will be held at the November meeting.

As of Oct 5 the club had 42 members.

 

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


April 2018 Meting Notes

Meeting Notes – Schroon Lake North Hudson Snowmobile Club – 6 Apr 2018

Attendees –  Steve Krupski, Jim Robbins, Jon Halliday, Laurie Bruce, Dan Crisafulli, Steve Neander, Jim Greenough, John Delucia, Linda Conley

Last months meeting notes were read and approved.

Laurie gave the treasurers report.  Overall the club is in good shape.  Hopefully we will not have   major groomer repair expenses to start next season as we did this year.  We made just under $2000 from the poker run. 

We sold 107 NYSSA raffle tickets for which the club gets $2.50 per ticket sold. Drawing is at the NYSSA Forum in April.

Jim Delucia collected gas receipts for gas purchased for snowmobiles.  He will submit the required forms and receipts to the state for reimbursement of the state highway tax.  At least this year we really do not have enough to justify the work to do the submittal.  More discussion about this in the fall.

Pictures from the poker run have been posted on the club website under the photos tab. 

Club VP Jon Halliday did speak with Mike Marnell about the possibility of the club taking over a piece of property in town for a possible building in the future. Mike was receptive to the idea. More discussion on this next season.

This season the club had 215 members.

 

Next meeting will be in the fall, 5 October, 7PM, at the Schroon town hall.


March Meeting Notes

Meeting Notes – Schroon Lake North Hudson Snowmobile Club – 2 Mar 2018

Attendees –  Steve Krupski, Jim Robbins, Jon Halliday, Dan Crisafulli, Sheryl Halliday

Last months meeting notes were read and approved.

Laurie was unable to attend so there was no treasurers report.  We will get a final report for the 2017-2018 season next month and a summary of the money made for the club at the poker run.

 Super Raffle tickets will be available until mid April..   They are for sale at Flanagans, Timberwolf, Sticks and Stones, Fish and Game club. 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 3 new snowmobiles or $5000 cash.  Drawing is at the NYSSA Forum in April.

DEC has started work on the new campground at exit 29.  So far the club has not heard back from DEC on any required trail reroutes.   We do expect there will be changes for next season.

 Thanks to all who participated in our annual poker run this past weekend.  Some timely snow and lots of work by our groomer crew made for some good riding.  We had 129 registered participants.  The best poker hand and top prize was won by Joe Flores.  Matt Grill had the second-best hand, Hiedi Haughny, third. Brian McCoy won the 50/50.  Also special thanks to all the volunteers who did all the work to make the event successful.  We will post a list of volunteers and  businesses who donated to the event in the near future.

We do plan an April meeting. We will get a final financial report from Laurie and a report on the poker run.  Also, hope to have some discussion on things that we hope to accomplish for next season.

As of Mar 2nd the club had 215 members.

 

The final season meeting will be held 6 April, 7PM, at the Schroon town hall.


Feb Meeting Notes

Meeting Notes – Schroon Lake North Hudson Snowmobile Club – 2 Feb 2018

Attendees –  Steve Krupski, Jim Robbins, Jon Halliday, Laurie Bruce, Steve Neander, Doug Boustead, Dan Crisafulli, Mike Bouchard, Linda Conley, Larry Gleason, John Welch, Frank Lacalamita, Frank Lacalamita Jr.

Last months meeting notes were read and approved.

Laurie gave the treasurers report.  Our 70% funding check from NYS has arrived.  Most major expenses for this year should be over unless we have unexpected groomer repairs.

 Super Raffle tickets are now available.   They are for sale at Flanagans, Timberwolf, Sticks and Stones, Fish and Game club. 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 3 new snowmobiles or $5000 cash.  Drawing is at the NYSSA Forum in April.

There is still talk about trail closures and possible reroute required around the old Frontier Town property.  Jim Robbins will contact DEC to ask that the club be notified directly of any changes that need to be made.

Laurie completed the Snowmobile Safety class again this year.  A few who had signed up were unable to attend due to weather issues but she did successfully graduate 4 people.

The club has finally received a NYS tax exemption number.  We will be filing the forms and number with businesses we deal with to save us a few dollars.  Thanks to Doug Boustead for his work filing the necessary forms.

The spaghetti dinner was held Jan 27th at the Fish and Game club. Food was excellent as usual, but attendance was down significantly from last year.    Local support was down, and a lack of rideable snow seems to have kept many out of town club members from making their normal weekend trip to Schroon.  Thanks again to the kitchen crew of Jon Halliday, Sheryl Halliday, Cheryl Boustead, Mary Neander, Linda Conley, and Karen Venner. Also, thanks to those that brought deserts and to Bob and Sue Russo who did their normal great job with decorations.

A promising weather forecast means we will go ahead and hold our annual poker this weekend, Feb 10th.  Registrations will be Friday night at Flanagans from 5 to 9 and at Timberwolf Pub Saturday morning from 8 to 11.  Registration cards will list times on Saturday when various stops will be open to get cards stamped.  Stamped cards can be turned in at the Fish and Game, card hands will be dealt from 2PM to 4:30PM.  Pizza and wings will be available after 3:30PM for a $5 donation.  A Chinese auction of many donated prizes will be held as well as a 50/50.  Just a note; the Severance store is a poker run stop but currently does not have gas available.  There is also at least one major pressure ridge on the lake should anyone chose to ride on the lake.

As of Feb 2nd the club had 204 members.

 

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


Jan 2018 Meeting

Meeting Notes – Schroon Lake North Hudson Snowmobile Club – 5 Jan 2018

Attendees –  Steve Krupski, Jim Robbins, Jon Halliday, Laurie Bruce, Steve Neander, Doug Boustead, Dan Crisafulli, Steve Miller

Laurie gave the treasurers report. We have spent a significant amount of money on groomer repairs and upgrades.  Hopefully we are set for the rest of the season and beyond.  Our 70% funding check from NYS has been approved and should arrive shortly.

                Super Raffle tickets will be available again this year, we hope.  They are currently lost in shipping, hopefully to be found soon. 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.   No-snow date, 24 Feb.  Spaghetti dinner Jan 27that the Fish and Game.  We are working on preparations and on getting the word out to as many places as possible in hopes of a record turnout.   Availability at the F&G club for both events has been confirmed.  We are thinking of having pizza and wings at the poker run.  Fliers are up around town with details.

There was some talk about trail closures and possible reroute required around the old Frontier Town property.  It looks now like we are good as we are at least for another year.  A new trail has been built by landowner Ethan Thompson at the end of Johnson Pond road.  This will save considerable riding along a bad section of Johnson Pond road and Lettsonville road.  Ethan has also expressed an interest in grooming and will be taking the required safety class soon.

Groomer drag mounted sickle bar was installed at J&L automotive.  1sttest run after the latest storm showed it worked well at cutting off most overhanging branches.  It should get much better with repeated passes while grooming. 

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 at 518-532-7101.

The club has finally received a NYS tax exemption number.  We will be filling the forms and number with businesses we deal with to save us a few dollars.

As of Jan 8th the club had 165 members.

 

 

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


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.


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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