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UW-Extension Education, Agriculture and Recreation Committee


Sarah A. Everson:  5:30-7:08 p.m.                                  
Robert J. Giese:  5:30-6:50 p.m.                      

Sam Kaufman:  5:30-7:08 p.m.                                       
John J. Rickert:  5:30-7:08 p.m.                      

Michael J. Will:  5:30-7:08 p.m.     


Also present were Allen Buechel, Craig Walters, Cindy Sarkady, Sam Tobias and Lisa Freiberg. See citizen attendance form.


1. Call meeting to order.

Chair Will called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.


2. Approve minutes of the November 8, 2017, meeting.

Motion (Giese/Rickert) to approve the minutes. Motion carried, 5-0.


4. Department report from the Fairgrounds.

Fairgrounds Manager Craig Walters discussed the report, which was provided to the committee. Included in the report was a recap of 2017. Mr. Walters plans to change his monthly reports to include upcoming projects. He noted that revenues are up and that the Fairgrounds is ready for winter.


5. UW-Extension.

a. Every year for risk management insurance reasons, UW-Extension must provide a list of volunteers. Committee members examined the list, which will be filed with Fond du Lac County Risk Manager Linda Chandler.


b. Cindy Sarkady went over the department highlights, which were provided to the committee. She reported that the agriculture educator received one of two grants on farm research.


7. Future agenda items and meeting date.     

The next meeting is at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 7.


6. Planning and Parks.

a. Sam Tobias addressed the committee with the following points regarding Hobbs Woods:

  • Lacking in maintenance.
  • Need a to-do/task list.
  • Trail work.
  • Invasive species work.
  • Replace foot bridges.
  • More parking stalls.
  • Remarking of trails.

3. Members of the public who wish to address the committee on specific agenda items must register their requests at this time, with such comments subject to the reasonable control of the committee chair, as set forth in “Robert’s Rules of Order.”

Kay Conrad of Fond du Lac said she supports having a professional come in and look at the trails. Joyce Kellett of Friendship discussed highlights of Hobbs Woods, stating it is both loved and abused. Michael Arrowood of Lamartine, who also noted that Hobbs Woods is loved, said the park is aging. He would like to see dogs banned and suggested having a park warden provide education on the proper use of the woods.


6. Planning and Parks.

a. Mr. Tobias will report back to the committee in February with an update on the Hobbs Woods plan.



6. Planning and Parks.

b. Mr. Tobias explained a map of Calvary Marsh that he provided to the committee. James A. Rosenthal II of Malone explained his request for a walking easement across Calvary Marsh. Mr. Giese was excused at 6:50 p.m. There was no action taken by the committee.


8. Adjournment.                              

Motion (Kaufman/Rickert) to adjourn the meeting at 7:08 p.m. Motion carried, 4-0.


Respectfully submitted,

Lisa Freiberg, Fond du Lac County Clerk

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