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Region 4 minutes May 13, 2014
REGION 4 MINUTES
MAY 13, 2014
Moses Lake, WA
Director Earl Nettnin (Desert Rats) called the meeting to order at 7:32 PM. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and a moment of silence for the sick and departed was observed.
GUESTS: Byron & Vicki Sullivan (candidates for the Sand Commandos) and Renee Reindl (Sand Scorpions).
MINUTES: Merrick Graves submitted a correction to the April Minutes that he posted on our Web site after the Region 4 minutes were posted. He stated under the discussion on the Nelli we should have said we were losing miles to road and not miles to trail. A motion was made by Dave McMains (Hurtiní Units and Sand Commandos) seconded by Char Massey (Sand Commandos) that we make the correction to the minutes; motion carried. A motion was then made by Ed Massey (Sand Commandos) seconded by Char Massey that we accept the corrected minutes; motion carried.
TREASURERíS REPORT was given by Treasurer Sande Nettnin (Desert Rats). We have no outstanding bills at this time. Dave McMains said he had paid the Incorporation fee for the Region; the Sande will send Dave a check in the amount of $10.
COMP: The Barrel Extravaganza last weekend was canceled due to insurance problems.
MEMBERSHIP REPORT: Nothing new to report.
PNW WEB SITE: Nothing new to report.
CLUB POWER/WE DID IT: Our Chairman Gary Harting (Desert Rats) said that Kathy Greenwood (Off Road Animals) the PNWís Club Power/We Did It Chairman has posted an article in the May Tri-power listing the requirements for the Club Power/We Did It revised program that was approved at the PNWís March 8, 2014 Board meeting. You are encouraged to read it. Gary said the only paper work that has been turned in to him was Quill Power letters; and he has turned them in to Kathy Greenwood.
PR: If you want something sent to our alert list, please get it to Clay Graham; he will get it sent out.
JR. JEEPERS: Nothing to report.
TRAIL JAMBOREE: Is full, however, if you would like to go, you can get on the waiting list and thereís a possibility you could go because we do have some cancellations.
Dave McMains reported he was headed to Liberty Friday May 16, 2014 for the Liberty Work party through Memorial Day. He will be camping in the upper Meadow. Saturday morning May 17th 9 AM meet at the Williams Creek parking lot to see how many people we have and he will go through a quick safety meeting and then decide where to send everyone. The goal is to get everything open that we can. Itís been very dry so Dave thinks we wonít have a water problem. Dave will have window stickers for the volunteers. Discussion followed; Dale Neuman (High Country Cruisers) will be there too and he will take some and go one direction and Dave will take some and go another direction. There is a Chili pot luck on Saturday May 17th so bring something to share. Monday a group will go to the Shoestring to check and see just how bad the fire damage was. Dave & Dale will coordinate the work party.
Road closures: Dave McMains reported that the Forest Service is planning to close off some of the old skid log and spur roads that donít go anywhere up in the Swauk Pine Restoration Project on the Cle Elum Ranger District. It comes up to about 23 miles of road, some of the roads they were planning on closing had Jeep trail terminuses on them, these roads would not be included in the restoration project. Modifications are already taking place. This project is still in the study stage. The comment period on this is closed.
WENAS report was phoned in by Ron Rutherford (Jeepiní Nomads). Ron reported that the meeting for the Wenas that had been scheduled for May 6th had been canceled due to funding issues.
Director Earl Nettnin asked the delegates what Land Matters they were interested in discussing.
The Naches has 9 projects they want to work on. All trails in the Naches Ranger District are closed until June 15th.
There was a DNR work party on the South Fork of the Ahtanum May 3rd and another one has been scheduled for May 17th meet at 9 AM at the gate.
Earl said we need to keep watch on the Little Naches Watershed. A group has been formed called the Little Naches Collaborative group to discuss a restoration project in the Little Naches watershed that fulfills the Forest Serviceís three state goals of: 1. Forest resilience/health. 2. Aquatic restoration. 3. Maintaining public access. One of the things they want to do is relocate the 1900 road because the fish canít span with the concrete barrier so close. The Fish & Wild Life people said we canít more the road because it goes through their wild life habitats. Six different entities are involved and they all have a different agenda. The next meeting is May 21 from 10 AM Ė 4 PM. Earl attended the first meeting, but will not be able to attend this meeting as he will be in Liberty. Doug Conner (Roaminí Chariots) plans to attend. They want to have a full report on this by January 1, 2015.
There was no interest in hearing about the Teanaway because we donít have any trails there.
Earl asked if anyone would like to have a disk on the Blue Mountain Forest Plan; no takers.
Jim Sprick Park Clean-up: Skip Frans (Wenatchee Mountain Masters) reported he thought it went well and we got a lot of work done. A new gate was put in, work on expanding the walking trail around the park was started, and we trimmed, raked and burned a lot of brush. We had a pretty good turn out, about 60 people. The Hobo Stew at noon was good. Saturday night pot luck was well attended, with lots of good food.
Moses Lake Sand Dunes Clean-up sponsored by the Columbia Basin Sand Commandos: Ed Massey & Randy Hayes reported on the clean-up. They said they had about 25 people. Not much trash was found the dunes were pretty clean. They did, however, find several nails from where people had burned pallets. The weather was nice, not too much wind.
Since it was voted on at the April meeting to do away with the Region meetings in Pasco we need to discuss where the delegates wanted to meet in July and October since those were Pasco meetings.
Gary Harting asked why it was allowed to vote on doing away with the Region meetings in Pasco under Good of the Order; and he wanted a ruling. Answer - that was where it was brought up. Discussion followed on if that was a legal vote. Earl is checking with the PNWís Parliamentarian Luke May and the results will be shared at our June meeting. According to our By-Laws the delegates present constitute a quorum. Gary said he felt he owed an apology to the region because he was a delegate who didnít make all the meetings; he had reasons but not excuses. The delegates from Wenatchee would like to have Wenatchee added back into the rotation. Attendance seems to be the problem; nobody wants to travel to a meeting. Dave McMains made the comment perhaps we should put Pasco and Wenatchee back into the rotation with the stipulation that the clubs in those cities show up for the meeting and not just the delegates. Dave said itís important that people understand what the region does and you learn this by attending region meetings; you have the opportunity to hear first hand what is going on. We will put the meeting in October on the agenda in June. Dave strongly suggested that we work Wenatchee and the Tri-Cities back into the rotation.
Discussion on the July meeting took place. Since the date for it is during Trail Jamboree a motion was made by Randy Hayes and seconded by Dave McMains that we cancel the July meeting; motion carried.
Desert Rats: some attended the Jim Sprick Park clean-up, we will have four families going to Liberty, in June we will do security for the Cool Desert Nights Cruise and we are hosting at Trail Jamboree.
Columbia Basin Sand Commandos: had a good clean-up at the Moses Lake Dunes, their whole club is going to Liberty. They voted in a new member and had a candidate family at the meeting tonight. So they are growing.
Hurtiní Units: are going to Liberty in full force, their whole club will be there; about half the club will be staying the whole week.
Wenatchee Mountain Masters: some were at the Jim Sprick Park Clean-up, and the Moses Lake Sand Dunes Clean-up, a few of them will go to Liberty and two will be at Trail Jamboree.
Sand Scorpions: were having their meeting tonight planning for Memorial Week-end and the Monster Trucks arenít going to be there this year. Renee Reindl said she is looking for other groups to hang around with.
Next two Region meeting dates for Region 4 will be:
June 10, 2014 in Selah at Magicís Pizza 7:30 PM
July 8 Canceled
FUTURE EVENTS/WORK PARTIES
May 17 through Memorial Day Liberty Work party - Dale Neuman & Dave McMains contact persons
May 24-25, 2014 Spanaway Moonshiners playday at the Toppenish Rodeo Grounds
July 9 Ė 13, 2014 Trail Jamboree
July 22 Ė 26, 2014 Ahtanum clean-up
Char Massey made a motion seconded by Skip Frans to adjourn at 8:50 PM, motion carried.
Sande Nettnin, Secretary/Treasurer
Region 4 Secretary/Treasurer