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December 9, 2015

Minutes from Dec 9, 2015

In attendance: Mark Oldmixon, Kara Axx (Ex-off), Dan Callahan, Nick Crawford, Jason Garron (Ex-off), Martin Klein, David Fee, Ken Tape Absent: Alan Tonne Guests: Stan Justice

Minutes: Stan wanted to make a correction to clarify a mis-understanding in September minutes. The 2004 North Campus plan showed a map Arboretum Plan as ungroomed classic trails. The 1960’s plan cited in the minutes referred to the Arboretum plan. The 2004 plan designated the Arboretum as “ungroomed classic.”

Mangers Report: Kara updates that the contractor put back bollards they removed for bike path. A few cars got onto trails (one of Skarland and one on Butro). Lakes are impacted by overflow/warm temps. Disc golf covers seem to be working.

Public Comment: Stan says the walking trail out of Ballaine Lake parking lot is working. He suggests it be graded for plowing since it isn’t groomed.

New Business:
Smith Lake Access – Brought forward by Trails Club and highlighted by public support. The area is a gem in Fairbanks. How can access be improved? Drop-offs? Single classic trail isn’t intuitive. Great area for beginners, but not when access from the Ski Hut.

Nick asked about standing water. An Army Corp permit would be needed.

Dan is find with current trail conditions, but would support better signage.

Stan mentioned that the NCS Plan requests a Smith Lake Access improvement.

Jason and Martin wonder is Smith Lake has a designation?

General support for improved signage. Skate width lane would be welcome if easy. Nick not concerned about conflicts on Whizzy. Bank needs to addressed, but can’t be done without a permit.

Stan: Trails club would prefer skate lane size and would pay for it.

Wetland permits need to be explored. The cost of the whole project needs to be explored.

Kara and Stan to work with DDC regarding permit/project procedures. Not a motion.

Martin brought to attention that we have also added a loop connection.

Motion: Improve two-way traffic signage at Big Whizzy Smith Lake connector.

Just brought it to the committee’s attention that a powerline may be moved south of the new bike path along Yankovich. Much research is needed on this.

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September 9, 2015

Minutes from September 9, 2015

In attendance: Mark Oldmixon, Kara Axx (Ex-off), Ken Tape, Martin Klein, Dan Callahan, Nick Crawford, Jason Garron (Ex-off)

Absent: David Fee Alan Tonne

Guests: none

Minutes approved from August

Mangers Report

DOT working on transitions from trails to bike path. The flooded trail is awaiting to lower water or they may pump up. When site is released, FS will patch work as needed and install new barriers between path and NC.

Alumni Association supported development of the Himalaya trail.

Public Comment: None

New Business:

UAF Trails Club is an official UAF Student Org. They annually produce a list of priorities to improve the trails. They are frustrated to not make the agenda on a regular basis. Mark offered to put the top 3 items on the agenda and have action finalized.

  1. Ballaine Lake walking trail.

    Trails club proposes new walking trial from Ballaine Lake parking lot that leaves from the same trailhead as skiers. Trails club claims that the existing walking trail (that leaves from a different location) doesn’t get used enough. Due to the non-obvious start of the walking trail, many people end up walking on the ski trail as they head to the range road. Dan and Kara, believes additional signage for the existing walking trail, year-round, would educate the users. At this time NCS doesn’t want to cut a new trail. Jason will do additional signage and make the existing trail “official.” We will give a year and review.

    “NCS moves to make the existing walking trail official and install permanent signage year-round for the period of one year and then review.” Motion by Mark and seconded by Dan. Passed unanimously (5-0).
  1. Grooming the arboretum

    UAF Trails club requests that the arboretum to be groomed year-round with tracks (except on steep hills).
  • The plan for 1960’s calls for the area to be “unmaintained.”
  • 2 years ago NCS approved the area to be groomed for the Trails Club “Ski-a-thon” event. The tracks would then be “killed” after the event. Jason rolls the trails as a low-priority item in order to have the area ready for tracks in March. This motion has been executed for two winters/races.
  • Kara has received feedback that the tracks are liked.
  • The trail is designated as “unmaintained trail,” the use is not designated or restricted. It is not advertised as a bike trail, but technically not restricted.
  • Martin is concerned about the change in culture if we go further and groom it regularly.
  • Trails club believes if people want ungroomed trails they can go anywhere in Alaska, Birch and UAF are the only manicured trails. Jason doesn’t believe students have that opportunity as easily accessible.
  • Trail designation needs to be identified.
  • Nick is supportive of grooming or at least packing. Jason wants to reduce regulation in that area. The area is used by a wide variety of users, not just skiers.
  • Kara, Jason, and Dan are concerned with the ripple effect of grooming the trails. Will it lead to skate lanes and then separated walking trails. Jason would need cut 20 trees if grooming was going to be regular.
  • Nick argues that they are maintained, despite what is dragged. Nick believes if we are already running the snow machines in the area, might as well drag it.
  • Dan says the online comments are not requesting it, don’t change. Dan supports the existing policy.  
  • Jason is concerned about additional man power required to maintain the additional mileage.
  • Nick still concerned about the “packed maintained.” Nick wants all or nothing.
  • Martin concerned setting a track will add conflicts.
  • Conversation turned towards perhaps the ski-a-thon should not be out there in the first place. Martin doesn’t see the historical value of running the ski-a-thon through there.

NCS moves that the area stays unmaintained and will only be packed to prepare for the ski-a-thon as resources allow. Motion by Dan, Seconded by Ken.  Passed unanimously (5-0).

Time running short: we briefly discussed making a skate lane to Smith Lake. Should Big Whizzy be two-way traffic in that area or possibly the whole trail? 

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August 6, 2015 (changed to August 12, 2015)

Minutes from August 12, 2015

In attendance: Mark Oldmixon, Kara Axx (Ex-off), David Fee, Dan Callahan, Alan Tonne, Nick Crawford,

Absent: Ken Tape, Martin Klein

Guests: Tom Marsh-DDC, Stan Justice

Minutes approved from April

Mangers Report

Nick is looking for volunteers for Home meets; course direction, timing. Home meets 9/3 & 5.                 

NCS Memberships being renewed currently.

Jason removed t-field barb-wire. Hauled chips to mud on Skarland. Storage at Eco-dump or equipment. Cut a trail into Skarland for access. Sink hole filling in potato fields, chipping and brush clearing.

        Dan commented that the chipping was done pretty aggressively, tough for running.

Public Comment:

Tom Marsh representing DDC. The Miller Hill project is a DOT project on UAF campus.

  1. Many committee members were surprised at the project.
  2. Trail head Contractor will ramp off transitions to trails, although it wasn’t in the drawings.
  3. Project will be completed this year. Roundabout to LARS.
  4. Some not paved (old all-weather trail by Smith Lake).
  5. Right-of-way preventing a full circle. Plans to widen Yankovich too.
  6. There is a grassed ditch between street and path (about 8-feet). Some areas are different.
  7. Dan: “My opinion is that this is a wide swath of trees taken for the bike path.”
    1. Planning ahead to widening Miller Hill and Yankovich
  8. Tom and DDC is pushing them to fix the driveways and trail connectors.
    1. NCS should put together our concerns through Mary.
    2. Tom wants comments in writing to Mary.
  9. Bollards and signs were destroyed.
    1. Tom says they are responsible to replace.
    2. Alan observed very aggressive contractors with debris piles.
  10. Marathon trails are an area on concern in 3 separate spots. The commuter trail is another key point that needs attention.
    1. Prefer a 10% grade.
  11. The cross walk signs were confusing and contractors were not allowing trail users to access to the trail heads.

New Business:

  1. Disc Golf baskets: Bear with FS will be installing canvas covers over the disc golf baskets to minimize labor required to set-up and take-down each season. The committee is okay with this as long as the baskets do not impede Jason’s ability to groom or pose a risk to skiers. The question was asked about the Tee-markers. Those are generally closer to the trail.
  2. Mark will be bring three items forward from the Trails Club to give closure (either action or vote against action). This includes:
    1. A walking trail from the Ballaine Lake parking lot
    2. Grooming the Arboretum year-round
    3. The Smith Lake Connector trail

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