Parks Board Meeting

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AGENDA

POWELL COUNTY PARKS BOARD

Regular Meeting – October 20th – 5 PM

1. Call to Order

2. Roll Call

3. Approval of Minutes

a. September 29 (see below)

4. Financial Report

5. Public Comments

6. Public Hearings

a. None

7. Regular Business

a. None

8. Approval of Expenditures

a. Asphalt bump grinding

9. County Commissioner Update

10. Staff Reports & Informational Items

a. Arrowstone

i. Record of Decision and MOA update

ii. Billboards

iii. David’s role/responsibilities

b. The OYT Updates

i. Final Design Review

ii. Signs

iii. GRKO Comments/Landowner Outreach

c. Trails Meetings

d. Johnson Creek Connector Trail

i. Signage

ii. Cost Estimate for gravel on new trail

11. Scheduling of Next Meeting –November 17th

12. Adjourn

AGENDA/MINUTES

 

POWELL COUNTY PARKS AND TRAILS BOARD

Regular Meeting – September 29th – 5 PM

1. Call to Order 5:01pm

2. Roll Call

i. John Molendyke Present

ii. Andy Fischer Present

iii. Julie Croglio Absent

iv. Bob Rase Present

v. Gary Swant Present

vi. Mary Hansen Absent

vii. Doug Crachy Absent

Public: Peggy Kerr

Kathryn McEnery, County Attorney

3. Approval of Minutes

a. None.

4. Financial Report

None.

5. Public Comments

Peggy Kerr provided comments regarding concerns of pedestrian safety along a portion of the Johnson Creek Connector trail, specifically along Aspen Lane. Jordan Green from the City of Deer Lodge explained that Aspen Lane is a public road and that residents living along it have an easement to access it. President Fischer discussed the efforts the Parks and Trails Board is making to improve pedestrian safety by mowing a section of grass along the road. Mr. Green suggested better signage, which President Fischer said he would work on drafting. Member Swant suggested the board look into the cost of placing gravel/weed matting on the mowed trail along Aspen Lane.

6. Public Hearings

a. None

7. Regular Business

a. None

8. Approval of Expenditures

a. None

9. County Commissioner Update

a. None

10. Staff Reports & Informational Items

a. Arrowstone

i. Record of Decision and MOA

Ms. McEnery provided a recap to the board of the current status regarding the DEQ MOA and that DEQ had been unwilling to reconsider allowing costs that would cover salaries, utilities and maintenance. President Fischer suggested the County move forward with the MOA with restrictions around only using those funds for capital improvements. Ms. McEnery and possibly the new planner will be following up with DEQ regarding finalizing this MOA.

ii. Maintenance Needs.

Member Rase mentioned the need to address some maintenance items at the park, including dead limbs along the trail and weeds growing through the asphalt. He mentioned there may be an opportunity to secure volunteers from the High School to assist. President Fischer stated that he looked into the asphalt issues and is working with a contractor to address this issue hopefully this fall, which will likely involve grinding down the high spots in the meantime. Member Rase also mentioned that the gravel entrance to the park is in need of maintenance as well. David Wells was invited but unable to attend the meeting and the board plans to discuss potential maintenance needs with him as well as his roles and responsibilities at the next meeting. Discussion also occurred about what to do with the billboards at the Park that are fading and need replaced. Member Rase said he would follow up with the City and see if they had interest in using one of them as a gateway sign.

b. The OYT Updates and Maintenance items

i. Final Designs

1. The board reviewed final designs provided by Great West Engineering. Ms. McEnery provided an update on the status of discussions and agreements with adjacent property owners. President Fischer stated he would send around the final designs electronically and members should be prepared to provide any comments or suggests at the next meeting.

c. Trails Meeting- None.

d. Johnson Connector Trail

i. Noxious Weeds. Members were unsure if Mr. Hazelton had contacted the Weed Board or a contractor to address issues.

ii. Nick Hunter’s Concerns. Refer to public comment. Discussion was held around ideas to reduce conflicts on Aspen Lane between motorists and pedestrians.

e. Tammy Retirement. President Fischer spoke with Tammy and she is currently planning to retire in the next 9 months or possibly sooner if she can. The board will need to plan for her replacement in the spring.

11. Scheduling of Next Meeting – October 20

12. Adjourn

a. Adjourned at 6:30 p.m.

Address

Powell County Courthouse 409 Missouri Ave.
Deer Lodge MT 59722

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