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UW-Extension Education, Agriculture and Recreation Committee



Sarah A. Everson:  5:30-7:07 p.m.                                 
Robert J. Giese:  5:30-7:07 p.m.     

Sam Kaufman:  5:30-7:07 p.m.                                       
John J. Rickert:  5:30-7:07 p.m.                      

Michael J. Will:  5:30-7:07 p.m.     


Also present were Craig Walters, Sam Tobias, Allen Buechel, Meggin McNamara, Chelsea Brocker, David Brandenburg, Jim Juoni, Lisa Freiberg, Cecilia Harry, Laura DeGolier, Tim Rohrer, Dave Haase and Dave Hornung.


1. Call meeting to order.

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


2. Approve minutes of the September 4, 2019, meeting.

Motion (Rickert/Giese) to approve the minutes. Motion carried.


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.”

Chair Will announced that he would allow public comment as agenda items were addressed.


Motion (Kaufman/Rickert) to amend the agenda to move items 5d and 5f before 5a. Motion carried.


4. Fairgrounds.                                 

a. Fairgrounds Manager Craig Walters highlighted the September 2019 report, including happenings, events and revenues.


b. Mr. Walters shared the updated Evening Optimist building design, which the committee supported.


5. Planning and Parks.

d. Planning and Parks Director Sam Tobias gave an explanation of the resolution authorizing the proper county officials to enter into a state/municipal financial agreement for construction of the Plank Trail between Division Road at the east county line and the Prairie Trail in Fond du Lac. County Executive Allen Buechel also provided information. Dave Haase, Laura DeGolier, Cecilia Harry and Dave Hornung spoke in favor of the resolution. Motion (Rickert/Everson) to approve the resolution. Motion carried.


f. Lease of Fond du Lac County agricultural land located in the town of Eldorado and town of Fond du Lac.

Motion (Kaufman/Rickert) to move into closed session at 6:02 p.m. A roll call vote was taken (Will, aye; Kaufman, aye; Everson, aye; Giese, aye; Rickert, aye) and the motion carried. The committee returned to open session at 6:20 p.m.


a. Mr. Tobias gave the August-September update, highlighting county trails and parks.


b. Mr. Tobias led discussion on dog leash violations occurring on county trails and in county parks, especially Hobbs Woods. The committee supported additional dog leash ordinance signage at Hobbs Woods. Mr. Tobias will confer with corporation counsel on verbiage for the signs.


c. Mr. Tobias explained the resolution setting fees for administration of the Fond du Lac County Subdivision Ordinance. Motion (Kaufman/Rickert) to approve the resolution. Motion carried.


e. Mr. Tobias explained the resolution authorizing the proper county officials to submit a County Conservation Aids grant application to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and to administer grant funds if awarded. Motion (Giese/Rickert) to approve the resolution. Motion carried.


6. UW-Extension.

a. Area Extension Director Cindy Sarkady had provided the written report of the September-October Programming Highlights.


7. Rolling Meadows Golf Course.

a. Golf Course Manager David Brandenburg provided an explanation of the resolution adopting fees for Rolling Meadows Golf Course effective January 1, 2020. He noted that there were no increases last year. Motion (Giese/Kaufman) to approve the resolution. Motion carried.


b. Mr. Brandenburg and Jim Juoni explained the process used for selecting the concessionaire. Motion (Kaufman/Rickert) to approve the resolution authorizing the proper county officials to enter into a three-year contract with Jeff Kleinke to operate the Rolling Meadows Golf Course bar and grill concession. Motion carried.


c. Mr. Brandenburg highlighted the Sept. 4, 2019, Golf Course report that was provided to the committee.


8. Future agenda items and meeting date.

The next meeting is on Nov. 6 at 5:30 p.m. Future agenda items:  ATV usage on Wild Goose Trail discussion (November), UW-Fond du Lac tunnel waterproofing (November), teaching golf professional update (December).


9. Adjournment.                              

Motion (Rickert/Everson) to adjourn the meeting at 7:07 p.m. Motion carried.


Respectfully submitted,

Lisa Freiberg, Fond du Lac County Clerk

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