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UW-Arboretum Advisory Committee

Minutes

Convened at 4:32 p.m. Adjourned at 6:00 p.m.

Morris 4: 32 – 6:00 p.m. Non –Voting Member

Flood 4:32- 6:00 p.m. Tobias absent

Hayes, absent

Roehrig, 4:32 – 6:00 p.m.

Kiefer 4:35 – 6:00 p.m.

Shires 4:32 – 6:00 p.m.

Blankenship 4:35 – 6:00 p.m.

Also present: Mike Rankin from the County Extension Agent’s Office, Nick Wilinski, Erika Jensen and Connie Ramthun

The meeting was called to order on Monday July 2 at 4:32 p.m. at the UW Center by chair Ellen Flood.

Leslyn moved and John seconded a motion to approve the Minutes of the June 4, 2007 meeting.. Motion carried.

John Kiefer reviewed the financial reports and noted that the cash position has increased by $643.27. John also requested that beginning with the next meeting that the Committee approve expenses for the previous month and that this item be added to the agenda as a bullet point under the Treasurer’s report. It was reported that contributions in the amount of $1,125 have been received and funds raised from the Human Race have yet to be received.

Erika distributed her June report and highlighted the following activities:

 Barb Asmuth who was contacted through the Leadership Fond du Lac mailing has indicated that she is interested in serving on the Committee

· Erika worked with volunteers to weed the formal Arboretum

· Youth Offender volunteers started work.

· Neal Salter was contacted and agreed to spray the Hike and Bike Trail for $75.00 and the Arboretum Trail for $150.

John Morris moved and Ed seconded a motion to hire Neal Salter to spray the trails for a total of $225.00. Motion carried.

Leslyn presented the Fund Raising Committee Report

  • An letter to Aurora Health Center requesting funds to improve the trails was reviewed and Erika will revise it and submit it.
  • The Committee discussed the possibility of developing an Endowment Fund. Ellen will follow-up with Krista Williams, Allen Buechel and gather general information on Endowment Funds
  • The Oshkosh Truck Stock as of July 2 is at $63.86 per share. The Committee recommends selling the stock and purchasing a Certificate of Deposit with the proceeds.

Leslyn moved and John Morris seconded a motion to sell the stock and purchase a Certificate of Deposit with the funds. The motion passed.

Leslyn will call John Kiefer with the name of the contact at the National Exchange Bank who will handle the stock sale. It was decided to leave the funds in the account established at the bank and make a decision on the purchase of a Certificate of Deposit at the September meeting.

Erika reported on Scott Taylor’s assessment of the wetland area. Most of the area is mesic wet Prairie. There are bald spots on the north end. The core sample was difficult to analyze. There is 6 inches of soil but this should not be a barrier to a scrape. Scott has offered to do a delineation of the area if the Committee decides to proceed with the project. John Morris will talk to Sam Tobias and to Allen Buechel regarding the project and to find out from them about what information needs to be gathered prior to proceeding with a possible presentation to the County Board. Erika will contact the Department of Natural Resources regarding the area.

The contract with Julie Helwig was discussed. John Morris moved and John Keifer seconded a motion to add $1000 to the payroll for Julie Helwig to permit her to work additional hours. The motion carried.

John Keifer and Connie described the display garden project. It will be discussed in further detail at the September meeting.

The next meeting will be September 10 at 4: 30 p.m.

Items on the September 10 will include Approval of the Minutes from July 2, Treasurer’s Report, Approval of July and August Expenditures, Erika’s Report, Fund Raising Committee Report, Wetland Project, Purchase of Certificate of Deposit and Display Garden.

Meeting adjourned at 6:00 p.m.

Submitted by Leslyn Shires

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