Meeting Minutes 04-01-2020

The meeting was held at Bill Bouffard’s house from 6:30pm until 7:10pm.
Attendance – There were 9 members in attendance.
Meeting Minutes –

  • Accepted without discussion.

Treasurer’s Report –

  • N/A

Membership Officers Report –

  • N/A

Landowners Report

  • N/A

Trail Master’s Report –

  • The Blue Ranger is at Abbott’s being serviced. They’re working directly with Polaris to trouble shoot the problems.
  • There’s still a few areas needing some work to close the trails and prepare for summer. These will be completed in the next few weeks.
  • The Wormell field is being developed by two developers with around 200 units going in. The club is in constant discussions with the city and the developer to ensure the trails remain open
    in these areas. There will be more updates as the work progresses.
  • There are a few items discussed for next year’s project list:
    • The bridge on the Cave Trail near the Junior High Trail needs to be reworked (maybe moved).
    • The Culvert on the Wormell loop heading to Falmouth needs top be repaired.

Digital Officer

  • N/A

New Business –

  • This is the last meeting for the season. We will plan to meet this summer to discuss fund raising
    opportunities and how we can do work on the trail system during the summer months.

The time and date for the next meeting will determined at a later date. Keep on the lookout for
notifications for the nest meeting on Facebook and our web site.

These minutes are based on the information I have gathered during the meeting. If I’ve written
anything that someone finds to be inaccurate, please let me know so the potential issues can be
addressed prior to the next meeting.

Club Secretary,
Lance Cyr

Meeting Minutes 11-05-2020

The meeting was held at Anthony Latini’s house from 6:30pm until 7:15pm.

Attendance – There were 16 members in attendance.

Meeting Minutes

  • The minutes from the previous meeting were discussed. There were no issues with the minutes.
  • Motion to accept the minutes was made by Bill H, 2nd was by Wally. Motion passed unanimously.

Treasurer’s Report

  • Jeff reviewed the current status of the accounts.
  • No major changes since the last report.
  • Raffle tickets were gathered. If you have more please make arrangements to get them to Jeff ASAP.
  • Motion to accept the minutes was made by Ray, 2nd was by Bill H. Motion passed unanimously.

Membership Officers Report

  • N/A

Landowners Report

  • N/A

Trail Master’s Report

  • We have two crews going out Sunday. One for each side of the system. The focus will be patching and signing bridges 3 and 4. Another crew will work on the Tricycle Trail heading into Falmouth.
  • We’ll have a crew pulling out the drags at Latini’s and assessing them for preparations for this coming season.
  • The PTO bush hog has to be transported back to Dan Brackets. This is currently at the Little League Field.
  • The DR Mower bush back up and running with a new exhaust and battery relocation kit , new wheels all supplied under warranty by DR Mower.
  • The Blue Ranger is out of service. Lance and Jason will put a new fuel pump in it. If this doesn’t fix the problem, the Ranger will be dropped off at Abbot’s for repairs, a full service and to have the tracks installed.
  • Anthony is meeting with the Gas Company this week to workout some issues on the Poitras Trail. More news to come on this in the future.
  • Bill Fournelle has once again graciously offered his services and excavator for a day of work which will happen over the next few weeks. Big thanks to Bill for offering his time and equipment.
  • Anthony is still tracking down the sign order.
  • Resigning the Kiosk’s with the new trail maps and additional signs is on the schedule for this weekend. The Latini’s will label the kiosk maps with “YOU ARE HERE” once they’ve been put up.
  • Motion to accept the report was made by Ray, 2nd by Jeff C. Motion passed unanimously.

Digital Officer

  • We be sending a second mass emailing this upcoming next week.
  • Everyone is encouraged t like and share our posts on social media whenever possible.

New Business

  • Randy is in discussions with Greg Post who’s asked us to groom a trail behind the Rec Center for none snowmobile use. All members present were happy to do it. Randy will work out the details with Greg on where they’d like to have the trail.

The next meeting will be held at Advanced Leach Field which is located at 872 Riverside Drive in Portland on Thursday 11/19/2020 at 6:30PM.

These minutes are based on the information I have gathered during the meeting. If I’ve written anything that someone finds to be inaccurate, please let me know so the potential issues can be addressed prior to the next meeting.

Club Secretary,
Lance Cyr

Meeting Minutes 10-22-2020

The meeting was held at Anthony Latini’s house from 6:30pm until 7:45pm.

Attendance – There were 17 members in attendance.

Meeting Minutes

  • The minutes from the previous meeting were discussed. There were no issues with the minutes. Motion to accept the minutes was made by Bill B, 2nd was by Ray. Motion passed unanimously.

Treasurer’s Report

  • No formal report but the club’s financial status was briefly discussed by Dan M.
  • No major changes since the last report.
  • All raffle tickets should be brought to the next meeting so they can be forwarded to the state.

Membership Officers Report

  • We’re working on the letter that will be going out to registered snowmobilers in the city.
  • Everybody is encouraged to bring someone new to each of the meetings to promote the club and increase membership.
  • Motion to accept the report was made by Ray, 2nd by Bill B. Motion passed unanimously.

Landowners Report

  • No issues with landowners to report.
  • Mark and Jason will walk the connector trail into Falmouth to touch base with the landowner. He’s been putting up his own trail signs but they will touch base with him and offer assistance if he wants it.
  • Motion to accept the report was made by Ray, 2nd by Anthony. Motion passed unanimously.

Trail Master’s Report

  • We have two crews going out Sunday. One of each side of the system. The focus will be on signing, cutting back the trails and putting the finishing touches on sections of the trail system.
  • The prep work for switching over to grooming mode was discussed but we’ll wait for a while until the fall prep work is complete.
  • The little league tractor will be used Sunday to cut back the Junior High Trail. Afterwards, it will be brought back to the Little League field garage. As always, a big thank you to the Little League for helping the club out so we can clean up the trail system. It’s good to see organizations in the city supporting each other.
  • Our current inventory of signs, backers and stakes have been distributed throughout the work crews. The plan to restock these items was discussed and will be done prior to this Sunday’s work.
  • The DR Mower bush hogg is having a replacement muffler shipped to the club. This is a warranty item. Lance will install it when it arrives.
  • Anthony is tracking down the sign order.
  • New trail maps for the kiosks are in.
  • All the Kiosks have been repainted. We’ll be working on resigning them with the new trail maps and additional signs this coming weekend. The Latini’s will then label the kiosk maps with “YOU ARE HERE” once they’ve been put up.
  • The replacement gate for Duck Pond Road will now be reallocated to the Methodist Road crossing at the end of the Poitras trail. Dan and Mark will confirm that this is ok with the landowner prior to having it installed.
  • Motion to accept the report was made by Ray, 2nd by Jeff C. Motion passed unanimously.

Digital Officer

  • We had a lot of traffic on our social media pages.
  • Everyone is encouraged to like and share
  • Raffle tickets continue to be sold through the web site. Great job processing those tickets Brandy C. Keep up the good work.
  • Motion to accept the report was made by Ray, 2nd by Bill B. Motion passed unanimously.

New Business

  • Discussions with the city were discussed. More on that on future meetings minutes.

The next meeting will be held at Anthony Latini’s house on Thursday 11/5/2020 at 6:30PM.  

These minutes are based on the information I have gathered during the meeting. If I’ve written anything that someone finds to be inaccurate, please let me know so the potential issues can be addressed prior to the next meeting.

Club Secretary,

Lance Cyr

Meeting Minutes 10-05-2020

The meeting was held at Anthony Latini’s house from 6:30pm until 7:45pm.
Attendance – There were 14 members in attendance.

Meeting Minutes:

The minutes from the previous meeting were discussed. There were no issues with them. Motion to accept the minutes was made by Ray, 2nd was by Anthony. Motion passed unanimously.

Treasurer’s Report:

  • The club’s financial status was briefly discussed.
  • More raffle tickets were distributed among the members.
  • The club’s current liability insurance provider will not be offering this coverage after the end of April 2021. A new provider is being looed into so we do not have lapse in coverage.
  • New 2021 logs will be distributed with the meeting minutes and be made available at future meetings.
    • There are two separate logs that need to go to the state. They are the same form but you have to check off the appropriate box on the upper right hand corner of the form.(See below)
      • Club Related Administration log.
      • Trail Maintenance and Grooming log.
    • These have to be filled out and submitted to the state separately. Please make sure these are submitted to Jeff T when the deadline is communicated. Keep in mind without these logs we do not qualify for the state funding program at the end of the year.
  • Motion to accept the report was made by Ray, 2nd by Tom. Motion passed unanimously.

Membership Officers Report:

  • We’re working on the letter that will be going out to registered snowmobilers in the city.
  • We will also do a mass email with the letter.
  • Motion to accept the report was made by Lance, 2nd by Ray. Motion passed unanimously.

Landowners Report:

  • Dan and Mark will be meeting with Chase in the coming weeks to discuss continued access through the back of the Chase office’s lot on Rt 302. They will report their findings at the next meeting.
  • Motion to accept the report was made by Tom, 2nd by Ray. Motion passed unanimously.

Trail Master’s Report:

  • Rangers, Bearcat and Sportsman are all prep’d and ready for trail work.
  • #3 bridge on the Junior High Trail needs new ramps.
  • The little league tractor will have the clubs bush hogg attached to it and work will resume on that this weekend.
  • All trail and sign stakes will be painted fluorescent orange.
  • The DR Mower bush hogg is having a new gas tank shipped to us. It will be installed and back up and running as soon as it arrives. This is a warranty item. We also received two new belts which were purchased by Lance.
  • There will be a work crew going out Sunday the 11th to repair the bridge near the Wormell Loop.
  • A list of materials was generated based on the trail surveys that were done over the last week. Anthony will place the order from Hillside for the boards, nail guns nails and other miscellaneous items.
  • There was a discussion about numbering all of the bridges and formerly naming the trails in order to easily identify work locations and post the trail conditions on-line. This will be completed so we can add this to the new trail maps.
  • The annual sign order has been placed with the state.
  • Motion to accept the report was made by Ray, 2nd by Tom. Motion passed unanimously.

Digital Officer:

  • We’ve seen a large up tick in traffic one our web page. We want to take advantage of this and have this continue. One way to do this is to post pictures of the work we’re doing on the system so please ensure that you send pictures to Jeff Cobbet so he can post them on the web.
  • Brandy Cobbett has been processing the raffle tickets that were purchased through the web site. She’s been filling out the tickets, taking pictures of them and texting the pictures back to the purchaser’s. Great work!

New Business:

  • Repainting the Kiosks will be completed using alternative labor resources. Details will be coordinated by Dan M.
  • A meeting was held with city officials. The topics discussed were:
    • A proposal to have a club house built near the Community Center. The building that was discussed would have a three bay garage with doors on both sides of the building, a space for meetings and office work and possibly a lean too for a warming hut during winter months for snowmobilers, hikers and fat tire bikers making it a multi-use building.
    • New developments are to consider the impact of the snowmobile trail system during the planning process. The city has added this to the list of criteria when reviewing new developments in the city.
    • The funding to purchase a replacement Ranger was discussed. Anthony will have a quote generated for a fully equipped Ranger for future discussions.

The next meeting will be held at Anthony Latini’s house on Thursday 10/22/2020 at 6:30PM.

These minutes are based on the information I have gathered during the meeting. If I’ve written anything that someone finds to be inaccurate, please let me know so the potential issues can be addressed prior to the next meeting.

Club Secretary,
Lance Cyr

Meeting Minutes 09-10-2020

The meeting was held at Anthony Latini’s house from 6:30pm until 7:45pm.


Attendance – There were 17 members in attendance.

Treasurer’s Report –

  • The club’s financial status was discussed along with last year’s income and expenses.
  • Raffle tickets were distributed among the members.
  • The club has no outstanding loans.
  • Motion to accept the report was made by Ray, 2nd by Lance. Motion passed unanimously.

Open Discussion on New Board Position

  • There were discussions to create a new board position for the clubs Digital Officer.
  • Jeff Cobbett has been managing the web page, new membership application forms and the
    Paypal functionality as it pertains to the web page.
  • Due to the importance of this work it was determined that a board position should be created
    for this work.
  • A motion was made to create a new board position by Dan M with a second from Lance. The
    vote passed unanimously. Jeff Cobbett was then nominated by Dan M with a second by Lance as
    the club’s web master. The vote passed unanimously.

Officer Elections
Nominations were discussed for each position with the following results.

President – Dan McCarthy was nominated by Ray Senior, 2nd by Lance. The vote passed unanimously.
Vice President – Randy Macwhinnie was nominated by Jeff C, 2nd by Jim M. The vote passed
unanimously.
Treasurer – Jeff Todd was nominated by Jeff C, 2nd by Jim M. The vote passed unanimously.
Secretary – Lance Cyr was nominated by Jim M, 2nd by Bill H. The vote passed unanimously.
Trail Master – Anthony Latini was nominated by Bill H, 2nd by Ray Senior. The vote passed unanimously.
Assistant Trail Master – Jason Philbrook was nominated by Batch, 2nd by Ray Senior. The vote passed
unanimously.
Assistant Trail Master – Wally Carey was nominated by Mark L, 2nd by Anthony. The vote passed
unanimously.
Membership Officer – Tom England was nominated by Jeff, 2nd by Jim M. The vote passed unanimously.
Landowner Relations Officer – Mark Lapierre was nominated by Dan M, 2nd by Ray Senior. The vote
passed unanimously.
Information Officer – Bill Bouffard was nominated by Bill H, 2nd by Dan M. The vote passed unanimously.
Equipment Officer – Dan Bracket was nominated by Dan M, 2nd by Anthony. The vote passed
unanimously.

New Business

  • We’ll be getting a jump start on trail maps for this season. Jeff T will work on getting 12 Kiosk
    maps and 200 Trail maps on order.
  • All equipment that’s currently at John’s Batchelder’s house will be moved to either Jason
    Philbrook’s house or Mark Lapierre’s house as soon as possible.
  • Anthony will take inventory of trail supplies. This will be discussed at the next meeting
  • Club members are asked to survey the trail systems for work that will be needed to be done this
    fall. We’ll discuss the results at the next meeting.
  • Repainting the Kiosks will be done this fall.

The next meeting will be held at Anthony Latini’s house on Wednesday 10/5/2020 at 6:30PM.

These minutes are based on the information I have gathered during the meeting. If I’ve written
anything that someone finds to be inaccurate, please let me know so the potential issues can be
addressed prior to the next meeting.

Club Secretary,
Lance Cyr

Meeting Minutes 09-05-2019

The meeting was held at Anthony Latini’s house from 6:30pm until 7:45pm.


Attendance – There were 13 members in attendance.

Meeting Minutes 11-29-2018

The meeting was held at Bill Bouffard’s house from 6:30pm until 7:45pm.


Attendance – There were 12 members in attendance.

Farmers’ Almanac predicts Maine is in for a long, snowy winter

The 2019 Farmers’ Almanac was published Monday, and with it comes a hotly (or coldly, as the case may be) anticipated bit of meteorological prognosticating: the Almanac’s yearly winter predictions.

Gas up those snowblowers, folks: it’s going to be a long, cold, snowy winter.

“Contrary to some stories floating around on the internet, our time-tested, long-range formula is pointing towards a very long, cold and snow-filled winter,” Farmers’ Almanac editor Peter Geiger said in a statement Monday. “We stand by our forecast and formula, which accurately predicted most of the winter storms last year as well as this summer’s steamy, hot conditions.”

-Bangor Daily News

9-27-2018 Club Meeting Minutes

The meeting was held at Anthony Latini’s house from 6:30pm until 7:45pm.
Attendance – There were 14 members in attendance.
Secretaries Report – The secretary’s report was reviewed and accepted. Motion to accept made by Ray,
2nd by Bill H.
Treasurer’s Report – The accounts were reviewed and the financial health of the club was discussed.
Motion to accept the report was made by Randy M, 2nd by Bill H. The report was accepted.
Membership Report –
· We are looking for members to renew their memberships as well as bring in new people in to
grow our membership and workforce. Let’s spread the word to everyone.
· Bill H will get the snowmobile registration list from the city to generate a mailing list for the
membership letter.
· Motion to accept the report was made by Ray, 2nd by Jeff. The report was accepted.
Land Owners Report –
· Batch and Dan M will be visiting some of the landowners to discuss the trail system.
Information Officer – N/A
Trail Masters Report
· The trail system is being surveyed over the next week and work crews will be developed
based on what’s found.
· There’s a chance of getting surplus snow fencing from the Windham Club.
· Millbrook Bridge needs the brush cleared out from around it.
· Materials for the annual trail maintenance projects were discussed,
o Anthony will order 200pcs 2”x10”x10’ rough cut boards and strapping for bridge redecking
projects.
· The locations of where the equipment will be kept during grooming season was reviewed.
o Sportsman will be at Batch’s house.
o New Bearcat will be at Dan M’s house.
o Old Bearcat will be at Jason Philbrook’s house.
o Both Ranger’s will be stored at Anthony L’s house.
All members wishing to participate in grooming MUST be certified by the state. Once
certified you must ride with an experienced groomer to become familiar with the trail
hazards before taking one out alone. If you’re interested in grooming attend the next
meeting to discuss the details.
Other Business –
· Further discussions were held about purchasing a stand-alone, self-powered bush hog that can
be towed behind the Rangers or Sportsman.
o John Batchelder introduced options with pricing for discussion.
o A few members had contacted other clubs that have this equipment. The clubs had very
favorable input on it. However, the use of a larger bush hogg was still recommended for
the larger areas.
o After a very long discussion, a motion was made to purchase a 44” DR-20 Bush Hogg by
Lance C and 2nd by Batch. The motion passed unanimously.
· This year’s Christmas Party will be held on Saturday 12/8/2018. It will start at 6:00PM with the
band starting at 8:00. Lenny’s has confirmed that they would be happy to have us back for this
year’s Xmas Party.
· A new position of Equipment Maintenance Manager was discussed. This person in this position
will coordinate what’s needed to maintain the equipment. Jim M made a motion to add this new
officer’s role into the bi-laws, 2nd was by Randy M. The motion passed unanimously. Dan Bracket
was discussed as a good person to have this position.
· A discussion was held to revise the bi-laws to change the mandatory monthly meeting from the
2nd Wednesday to the 2nd Thursday of the month was discussed. A motion was made to revise
the days by Dan M, 2nd by Jeff. The motion passed unanimously.
· Dan McCarthy is scheduled to meet with the Portland Land Trust to discuss the two trail systems
and how work even more together in the future.
The next meeting will be held at Billy Bouffard’s house at 90 Country Lane. It will start at 6:30PM on
Thursday 10/18/2018.
These minutes are based on the information I’ve gathered during the meeting. If I’ve written
anything that someone finds to be inaccurate please let me know so the potential issues can be
addressed prior to the next meeting.
Club Secretary,
Lance Cyr

2018-2019 Long Range Weather Forecast for Portland, ME

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