Some notes from the meeting.
Work has been stalled lately because the committee no longer had a full executive and thus couldn’t apply for new funds nor access existing funds as they couldn’t operate under the registry of joint stocks as a non-profit. They were able to recruit a new Treasurer at the meeting, and can soon begin to operate again.
It was noted that other board members, including the executive, are interested in moving on to other things. If you have an interest, positions on the board will be opening up. Possibly Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, and Members at Large.
An email list has been created to help increase the communications flow. Myself, @Rockhopper, @Cheshiremark, and @gtrguy (that I know of) have signed up, so we can post updates here. Note that @gtrguy also posted the location of their Facebook page where you can get more updates.
With a full executive, they’ll proceed to get the registry of joint stocks and be able to apply for grants and other funding, as well as to access existing funds.
A trail walk-through will be organized to identify problem spots and prioritize repairs on existing trails. Bridges and bridge design were discussed; the lengthwise boards were not in the original design, but it’s how it ended up being done.
The original contractor has not been in contact, and I suggested that they also reach out to other contractors like TrailFlow (cough @Pepperjester @MichelleLikesBikes cough), and to reach out to volunteers in the biking and hiking communities to stretch their funding.
Work parties will be organized through the Facebook page.
My own personal thoughts: someone with a lot of passion for these trails needs to step up to the board, and perhaps even the executive, to help infuse some energy and enthusiasm for the trails. The current folks have been doing this for a LONG time and they all have other interests and are interested in moving on to other things, and that lack of enthusiasm has likely caused a lull in the momentum of the trail building and maintenance. I think that with the help of the awesome crew of volunteers (like those at McIntosh Run and Gore) can really make a difference to these trails.