Mercer County Trails Association, Inc.
Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
March 17, 2014 – City of Hermitage Community Room
Present: Board: Doug Abbatiello, Bert Eaton, Kyle Garner, Fred Kiser, Mike Kotyk, David Mansel, C. Barney Scholl, Gary Semroc. Quorum present.
Members: Janet Shilling
Guests: Ed Winslow
Meeting Called to Order at 6:33 PM, President Kyle Garner presiding.
Meeting Minutes: D. Abbatiello. Minutes of previous meeting approved.
Treasury Report: M. Kotyk. Previous month’s Treasurer Report was approved.
Membership/Publicity: 81 members at present. Membership mailing went out late February as required by By-Laws. There have been 22 renewals so far.
Trout Island Trail Committee: E. Winslow. Paving out to bid, work starts late summer. Suggests creating a loop at end of Trail – but it requires Game Commission approval. West Lake to Orangeville – portion of trail is on land leased to Game Commission.
Shenango River Trail: F. Kiser. Will be pursuing grant: It as moved, seconded, and carried that the Shenango River Trail Committee will pursue a PA Transportation alternative Program (TAP) Grant, naming Greenville and/or West Salem Township as sponsors. The plan is to use the grant for the replacement of three culverts. Committee to begin door to door visits to property owners soon.
Fundraising: Spring Break Eight – 21 racers, one $100 sponsor – event looks to have made a small profit. Prep for Pittsburgh is next. Pedal the Lakes and Tour of Mercer County on track. E. Winslow asks for TMC hot food stop to be changed to where more riders would have a chance to eat.
Web Site: D. Abbatiello. The new site replaced the old site on March 11. Event pages fully up to date with links to online registration. E-commerce is present for membership renewal and donations but not yet completely functional. Basic maps show access points for Trout Island Trail. Might work with other consultant for mapping or Gototrails.com can be used to make maps.
Jamestown: B. Eaton – Will soon start brush clearing, Stone Arch to State Line. E. Winslow – Rod Alexander still on task of getting Kelley Road steel beams brought to Sugar Creek crossing – scheduled to happen in 2016.
Membership Meeting: M. Kotyk. Date to be Thursday April 10, at Tullys (across from Lube).
Nominating Committee: K. Garner appointed a Nominating Committee of F. Kiser, D. Mansel, and D. Abbatiello to nominate candidates to fill open Board seats at Annual Meeting and Board offices at April Board Meeting. Results will be needed by April 10 Annual Meeting.
Events: Sunday, April 13: Thiel Spring into Action Day – will re-mulch the Riverside Park Nature Trail. Saturday, June 7: MS Ride – possible booth in Mercer. June 27-28-29: Shenango River Watchers Sojourn. Provide membership forms and PTL information to one of their camp sites.
The meeting adjourned at 7:50 PM. Next Board Meeting: April 15, 2014, 6:30 PM.
Douglas Abbatiello, Secretary
Mercer County Trails Association, Inc