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UW-Extension Education, Agriculture and Recreation Committee

 

Minutes

Sarah A. Everson:  Excused                                             
Robert J. Giese:  Excused

Sam Kaufman:  5:30-6:52 p.m.                                       
John J. Rickert:  5:30-6:52 p.m.                      

Michael J. Will:  5:30-6:52 p.m.     

 

Also present were Terry Dietzel, Craig Walters, Sam Tobias, Allen Buechel, Laura DeGolier, Tim Rohrer, Rick Welsch, Cassie Bartoli, Pam Bartoli, Julie Grossman, Lisa Freiberg, Amy Hansen and Diana Hammer.

 

1. Call meeting to order.

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

 

2. Approve minutes of the February 5, 2020, meeting.

Motion (Kaufman/Rickert) 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.”

Amy Hansen, Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership director, spoke on Veterans Park.

 

5. Fairgrounds.

a. Fairgrounds Manager Craig Walters provided the January/February 2020 report. He talked about the new skid steer and highlighted past and upcoming events that were included in his written report.

 

b. Mr. Walters gave background information on the horse arena and the request for improvements. Julie Grossman, representing the horse project group, provided preliminary quotes for the improvements, as well as an explanation for why improvements are needed. She said there is fundraising going on for the project. The committee requested this item be placed on the August agenda for 2021 budget consideration.

 

4. Planning and Parks.

a. Director of Planning and Parks Sam Tobias explained the resolution adopting the 2020-2024 Outdoor Recreation and Open Space Plan for Fond du Lac County. Motion (Kaufman/Rickert) to approve the resolution. Motion carried.

 

b. Mr. Tobias explained the resolution creating an Ad Hoc Farmland Preservation Plan Advisory Committee. Motion (Rickert/Kaufman) to approve the resolution. Motion carried.

 

c. Mr. Tobias explained the resolution adopting a public participation plan for updating the 2012 Fond du Lac County Farmland Preservation Plan and preparing a county comprehensive plan. Motion (Kaufman/Rickert) to approve the resolution. Motion carried.

 

d. Mr. Tobias explained the resolution authorizing the proper county officials to submit a Knowles-Nelson Stewardship grant application for matching funding to construct Phase I of the Plank Trail from Division Road to 7 Hills Road in Fond du Lac County. Motion (Kaufman/Rickert) to approve the resolution. Motion carried.

 

e. Mr. Tobias explained the resolution authorizing the proper county officials to submit a snowmobile trail grant application to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and to accept snowmobile trail maintenance and development funding for the 2020-2021 season. Motion (Kaufman/Rickert) to approve the resolution. Motion carried.

 

f. Mr. Tobias explained the resolution authorizing the proper county officials to submit an all-terrain vehicle trail aids grant application to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and to accept all-terrain vehicle trail funding for the 2020-2021 season. Motion (Rickert/Kaufman) to approve the resolution. Motion carried.

 

g. There was no monthly update.

 

h. Update on landfill and airport business park land rent payments.

The current land lease is being terminated. The county has posted that agricultural land is available for rent.

 

i. Discuss winter ATV use on the Wild Goose State Trail.

Tim Rohrer gave an update regarding possible alternative routes that could be used in addition to the Wild Goose

State Trail. Laura DeGolier spoke on behalf of Park Watch in opposition to the alternative routes.

 

6. UW-Extension.

a. A written report was provided to the committee by Area Extension Director Cindy Sarkady.

 

b. Community Resource Development Educator Diana Hammer gave a report on black entrepreneurship.

 

7. Future agenda items and meeting date.

Future agenda items include acquisition of park land and Veterans Park. Horse arena improvements will go in August. A meeting was scheduled for April 1 at 5:30 p.m.

 

8. Adjournment.                              

Motion (Kaufman/Rickert) to adjourn the meeting at 6:52 p.m. Motion carried.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Lisa Freiberg, Fond du Lac County Clerk

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