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West Fork Sportman's Club Minutes for April,2013 meeting.
West Fork Sportsman Club Draft minutes of April 2nd 2013 meeting.
Attendees: K, McDaniel, T. Murray, R. Widner, D. Aulik, B. Blumreich, B. Putze, R. Widner, M. Lindurg, R. Widner, K Sorenson, D. Newton-Zimmerman, C. Kinsey, M. Miller, P. Krahn
Meeting called to order by President Bob Widner
Approval of October 2nd 2012 meeting minutes, moved to approve by B. Blumreich, seconded by K. McDaniel, motion carried.
Treasurerís Report approved as read.
New Business:
Discussion of doing stream habitat work on brook trout area on R. Widner property and whether club funds should be spent on stream reaches without public access, issue dropped.
Bob Widner made request for help with April 16 trout stocking.
T. Murray mentioned the Trout Unlimited National meetings being held in Madison last week of September 2013 and that a number of attendees will be visiting the Viroqua area to fish. Jordan Kosinski is the WI Trout Unlimited contact person.
Group discussion on whether WFSC septic system has sufficient capacity for large gatherings and whether it is meeting state code. It was mentioned that ďStateĒ will contact WFSC on this issue. (Secretaryís note: my 5 minute web search indicates the WI Dept. of Commerce regulates septic systems and the regulations are administered at the county level by the Vernon County Sanitarian Ė and Zoning Office, Susan A. Burkhamer, 608/637-5270).
The WFSC has a 2,000 gal., two chamber holding tank that is serviced by Burger Pumping. B. Widner monitors the waste volume and contacts Burger Pumping when the tank needs to emptied.
It was suggested that WFSC explore the option of renting or purchasing several portable toilets to be placed permanently or during peak park usage some distance from the clubhouse. Paul Krahn checked on the cost of high quality units (vault toilets) which cost upwards of $16,000 ea.
Colleen Kinsey brought to the attention of the Board that WFSC and its Directors can be sued for mishaps that can occur on the WFSC property. T. Murray made a motion that the club buys Directors and Officers insurance to protect the board from such actions, the motion was seconded by B. Putze, motion carried.
T. Murray indicated the May meeting will be held outside since the clubhouse is being rented by Shabazz High School.
P. Krahn indicated he will be working with the Shabazz High School students to build LUNKER structures and placing signs for Japanese Hops which is an aggressive invasive plant that is expanding its range in the Kickapoo valley.
B. Blumreich moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by B. Putze, motion carried.

West Fork Sportsman Club Draft minutes for May 7, 2013 meeting.
Attendees: K. McDaniel, T. Murray, Roger Widner, D. Aulik, B. Putze, Randy Widner, M. Widner, A. Priester, June Widner, J. Parker, J. Siverhus, C. Kinsey, M. Miller, P. Krahn
Meeting called to order by President Bob Widner
Motion to approve of April 2nd 2013 meeting minutes by B. Putze with the addition of discussion from the April 2013 meeting of the need to have a circuit breaker and an alarm installed on the septic holding tanks and correction to Treasurerís April 2013 balance, seconded by D. Aulik, motioned carried.
Treasurerís report: approved
New Business:
    Club grounds improvements:
  • New sink in Womenís restroom
  • Stove cleaned
  • New picnic tables purchased ($60 ea.).

T. Murray, kitchen sinks are leaking.
    Discussion of club grounds electrical system
  • Desire to rewire club grounds ($6,000) B. Widner to consult Vernon Co. Power Co. and an electrician.
  • Need for new electrical outlets (around 5)
  • Shelter/Canopy outlets undersized for RV/Camper hook-up
  • Campers using long / undersized (small gauge) extension cords are tripping circuit breakers.
  • Campers are unaware of breaker reset buttons on electrical outlets and outlet should have signage regarding proper extension cords and breaker reset instructions.
  • Add information on WFSC website informing campers on how to use power hook-ups.
  • Motion by Roger Widner to consult with an electrician on club grounds rewiring needs and cost estimate and report back at June meeting.

* Further discussion on whether to have additional portable bathrooms on the club grounds. Bob Widner to decide if needed or not.
* Discussion of whether to rip-rap the stream banks along property purchased from Randy Widner, Paul Krahn to evaluate the need.
* Paul Krahn posed question of whether LUNKER structures should be added to the stream reaches that may be rip-rapped.
* Continued discussion of using Telephone Co. funds to do stream habitat work on Roger Widnerís property.
* Paul Krahn to apply for DNR funds (25% match needed) for a 3-4 yr. project to locate and eradicate patches of Japanese Hops that have become established in the West Fork of Kickapoo Watershed. JH can be controlled by multiple years or Round-Up application (by someone with Applicators Certification).
* Motion by T. Murray and seconded by B. Putze to change monthly meeting day and time to allow participation by more club members. To be discussed at June meeting.
* It takes two full days to mow the club grounds and Randy Widner needs help with this.
* Kubota tractor is 15 years old and has oil leak. New John Deere tractor of similar size would cost $10,000 Ė 20,000. Issue tabled for June Meeting.
* Bob Widner proposed that a fuel tank be installed on the club grounds.
* T. Murray motion to adjourn meeting, seconded by M. Widner, motion carried.

West Fork Sportman's Club Minutes for July,2013 meeting.
July 2, 2013
   President Kim McDaniel called the meeting to order. The secretaries minutes were read and approved by a motion from Colleen Kinsey and seconded by Brad Meyer.
   The minutes from the board meeting held on June 24, 2013 were read. Before they were approved, Tina Murray explained that the Shabazz group does not rent the building, what they give is a cash donation and the work of the young people is payment in kind to comply with our 501 status. Tina said she would provide a statment showing the hours worked.
   Charlotte Buros moved and Kim McDaniel seconded to approve the minutes of the board meeting, motion was approved.
   The treasurers report was given and approved by a motion from Colleen Kinsey, seconded by Diane Anderson. Charlotte Buros also read a letter from Bob Mitzner from Chicago, who had camped at the park for a week and was so impressed with our park that he sent a check for a lifetime membership even though he was moving to Montana.
   Mary Widner brought up the subject of scholarships for environmental studies. The subject was tabled for later discussion.
   The subject of installation of an Iron Ranger was talked over and a motion was made by Bill Putze and seconded by Brad Meyer. Darrel Vogel will see about making one.
   Mike Miller voluntered to hold seminars on fishing with school children if it can be set up. Kevin Sorenson suggested having a kids day with fishing lessons for them.    Kim McDaniel brought up the subject of a shed at the park to keep the mowers in. Bill Putze moved and Kathy O`Connor seconded to authorize the club to pay up to $3,500.00 for a shed. The motion was carried.
   Kim mentioned that the fire inspector had been down and we had passed with flying colors. Bill Putz moved and Jake Bribb seconded to close the meeting. Motion Carried.
Westfork Sportsmanís Club Meeting Minutes for August 6th, 2013
   President, Kim McDaniel called the meeting to order. Minutes for the July 2nd, 2013 meeting were read and approved on a motion from June Widner and seconded by Mark Lindvig.
   Treasurerís report was given. We have new membership cards. A number of people have gotten 3 year memberships.
Sid Widner donated $10.00.. Joe Suss donated $5.00.. New campers continue to comment on how much they enjoy the park.
   Treasurerís report was approved on a motion from Dianne Anderson and seconded by Iris Hanson.
Tina Murray reported that the Shabazz group worked a total of 480 hours at the 2012 rate of $19.10 per hour for a total of $9,168.00.
   Scholarships were discussed. Colleen Kinsey suggested helping local schools that come down to test water. Bill Putze made a motion to offer a $500.00 scholarship to a student going into an environmental career. Dale Widner seconded.
   The scholarship (one) will be offered to Viroqua, Westby, LaFarge, and Kickapoo High Schools.
   Tina Murray wanted to clear a point. She did not make a motion to raise the rent on the building and would like to lower it again. There was discussion about building capacity, septic pumping and price for different size gatherings in the Club House. Tabled until the next months meeting.
    DISCUSSION
  • There was a heated discussion about the Shabazz group using the building.
  • Our power line is in.
  • Bob Widner has the permits for rip-rap work and will be checking with the D.N.R.
  • A new fiber optic line will be going up by the road.
  • Vesback Oil needs $1,000.00 for L.P. Pre-pay.

Meeting closed on a motion from Mary Widner and seconded by Kim McDaniel.