ACBC MONTHLY BOARD MEETING: May 2021 Meeting Minutes

Board Members: Carl Robinson, President Ashar Nelson, Treasurer Andrew Hirsch, Trail Manager Ariel Kent, Marketing Jeff Taylor, Trail Manager Seth Beck, Bristol  Scott Hardy, Vergennes Merideth Mcfarland- Bristol Eric Berg Open Seats: Membership Midd College Liaison Others in Attendance: Eli Madden REGULAR BUSINESS Eli Madden spoke about ongoing concerns that he has had regarding communication, trail work and membership feedback.  Eli and the board spent the first half of the meeting discussing these challenges.  These Included: Better Communication and “surveying” the community for input on trail work and management Further in advance notice of upcoming trail days More input from the community on trail management Fall voting for open board seats President’s Report –  Means wood- a  VMBA Covid safety  sign has been removed.  No bikes are allowed in Means Woods therefore a VMBA sign is not needed according to Cindy Hil, an acting trustee for the parcel. The trail will be taken down from Trailforks. Battell trust- ACBC has been in communication about trailwork.   Malt- John Derrick has been applying wood chips in wet areas in Wright park. Dutton Property- Town looking to purchase.  ACBC would like to participate in the planning for this parcel regardless of who purchases the property.  Both High Power and Megawatt exist there.  A work day was approved by the board to take place on MTB trails at the Rikert Touring Center.  Chaz Lyons will be in touch about the proposed work and timing. Treasurer’s Report –   Our back account is currently at $12,018.85 Membership Report  Memberships are rolling in. There are 124 members at this point. Social Media Report – All things Digital. Ariel will check to see that the membership email list will be updated monthly. Ariel will do a blast in May to members. Ariel will connect with Andrew to  post meeting minutes from the past. Trails Report Middlebury–  Bridges were installed on the last work day.  All three are currently in place in the Battell Woods. There is a tree down in Murdoch woods on Crown Royal. Andrew will clean it up. Eli would like to move gravel to the wet areas of the TAM in Battell.  ACBC will connect with the Battell Trust to see if gravel can be dropped off.   Trails Report Moosalamoo –  Hours needed!  June work day?  We don’t want to get behind on our responsibilities.  Scouting still needed for the trail to Silver Lake from Moosalamoo campground. Ashar will sign an MOU between the USFS and ACBC.  This MOU acknowledges that ACBC is responsible for donating hours of trail work.  ACBC board members second the motion. There are some Oakridge Trail blowdowns. Trails Report Bristol –  New Leaf is dry.  Great progress on the field trail has been made.  Next steps on making trails open will be to meet with the land owners.  Single track climb up is the next step.  Beginner friendly trails coming.  Wed night informal rides.  Second sat of each month there is a build and ride day.  Work begins at 10:00. Trails Report Vergennes–  Scott is going forward with the DRB for a  parking lot.   Events Female group rides. will […]

ACBC Winter Riding Suggestions and COVID Regulations

Winter is upon us and so far the trails have been in pretty good shape.  However, we are starting to see the conditions change.  This means be smart on where and when you ride.  We’ve received reports of large groups of cyclist riding past hikers and not abiding by current State COVID Guidelines. It seems that by this point, at almost 9 months of living in COVID, that we as recreators would respect other trail users. Unfortunately, a small few can ruin it for the rest of of us. A lot of people and groups have put in a lot of time to take care of the trails we all love and enjoy.  So, let’s do our part as riders and fellow users of the trails. Respect other trail users, and (though we feel as though we shouldn’t have to say this) WEAR A MASK. Avoid wet trails, if you do see a wet section, get off your bike and carefully walk through this section.  ACBC will do our best to post when trails are closed or should be avoided. Please look at the Trail Etiquette Guidelines we’ve put in place, in conjunction with MALT that we hope you will follow. ACBC & MALT Trail Etiquette and Guidelines During COVID No group gatherings at trail heads and trail intersections Wear a mask when encountering other users.  It’s pretty simple to wear a neck gator (especially now that its cold out) and pull it up and over your nose and mouth when near other trail users. This should not be a hard step to follow. Stay local. We discourage out of town users from visiting our trails. Many other networks are closed to cycling due to Hunting season. If you do not feel you can respect our guidelines then stay away. Currently only ride solo or with one other person if not from your household.  Immediate family’s riding together is of course an exception. Maintain distance and wear a mask.  Give each other space. We recommend a MINIMUM 2 bike lengths between trail users. We know that you will do better than that, you will do your best and still have fun. Air fives, posts and comments are great ways to appreciate the radness. Keep it to yourself. Don’t share bicycles, helmets, gloves, water bottles, snacks, whisky flasks, post-ride beers, vaping devices or smokes with your friends. If you need to loan a pump, tube or tool to someone, have them keep it until they can properly sanitize it. Take it down a notch. Hospitals, ambulances and first responders are under tremendous stress. Work on something fun and simple, like manuals, instead of eyeing up that big gap you’ve wanted to hit. Ride to ride. Putting your bike in/on your car to ride your bike has always been less than ideal. Riding to trails keeps you fit, outdoors, away from gas/charging stations and auto accidents. It’s snot cool. It’s never nice, but now blowing your mouth, lungs or nose out in the vicinity of others is dangerous to them and will diminish your opportunities to ride with others. Carry wipes or get a […]

November Board Meeting Notes

Our November 2020 Board Meeting notes.

July 2020 Board Meeting Notes

Board Members:         Eric Berg, President Anika Heilweil – Midd College Liaison Carl Robinson, Vice President Ashar Nelson, Treasurer Andrew Hirsch, Trail Boss Ariel Kent, Social Media Jeff Taylor Mike Leydon, Membership Scott Hardy, VergennesOthers in attendance: John Peters, Mark Bowman George Lawrence, Alan Hebert Virtual and physical meeting attendees in bold.Note taker; Andrew Seth Beck, Bristol REGULAR BUSINESS Public Comments- John Peters is wondering about the Vergennes project and would like to learn from the process. He will contact Scott directly. President’s Report –  Management Plan for the parks in Middlebury is still needed.  MALT work has been going on  in Wright park with an emphasis of laying gravel in wet and rooty areas. Jackson Trail – need to do a work day. Will be Working on by-laws with Ashar to present to the board and members.  The By-Laws would cover elections, positions etc… Treasurer’s Report – Money Items, Grants, Fundraising Nothing new. Membership Report  59 memberships 100 people including families.  Down a bit from prior years. Boost membership?   Mid season newsletter? End of season party?  September for outside gathering? Social Media Report – All things Digital If you have content suggestions let Ariel know. communication sooner is best! Email minutes asap to members Two email blasts a month would be ideal.   Trails Report Middlebury–  Work Days – Aug 8, sept 12 Jackson trail work day needed to open up to bikes.  This will be our first session on the 8th. Andrew will assign/ make a choice list of  sections to prune to memberships and board members.   Trails Report Moosalamoo – A few trees down on Chandler and Leicester Hollow Ashar will give a report on the Oakridge project at a later date. Trails Report Bristol – Here is the update from New Leaf –  We will be having an official trail building day this Saturday from 9-12. June 18 We continue to collect funds from the returnable can basket at the VBT facility and have added a grip of all metal tools that have already been put to good use. We refurbished and improved two of the bigger existing berms to help with a few dead spots in the flow.  The first is the Shelbow (the long sweeping left that ends in a rock ride). The second is the steep tight left that comes off of the cliff. This is a massive improvement as it now has a legit pocket and you can carry speed into it. The goal is to add some rollers after each that can be pumped to further help with the flow. The new trail from the mid station to the parking lot is underway (shown in orange below). We have done basic clearing (trees, limbs, leaves) for the top 2/3, three total corners. The duff is off and basic shaping is complete through the exit of the first corner. The next corner (a right) will be another big berm similar to the Shelbow (the berm up top that ends in a rock ride). Between that berm and the third corner we will be putting some form of a structure to […]

June 2020 Board Meeting Notes

Meeting notes from our June 2020 Board Meeting. This meeting was held virtually but discussed possible upcoming events that followed COVID guidelines.