2019 PFF meeting minutes for the year

2019 PFF Minutes for the year

PARTNERSHIP FOR FLOYD MONTHLY MEETING

February 18, 2019

President Anne Pendrak presided and called the meeting to order. A quorum was attained.

Present were: Barbara Pleasant, John Hopkins, Randall A. Wells, Anne Pendrak, Karin

Grosshans, Jack Wall, and Dede McGrath.

Minutes: The minutes of January 21, 2019, were approved as read.

Treasurers’ Report: Treasurer Barbara Pleasant reported a balance of $5144.18; $1500 is

designated toward the Pioneer Trail. The Dodd Creek Trail account was closed and $2000 was

transferred to the general fund account; $7000 was transferred to the EDA for the Pioneer Trail

construction. Barbara’s report is attached and incorporated by reference.

Old Business:

Pioneer Trail: No new information.

Dodd Creek Trail: The Dodd Creek Trail account has been closed and the funds transferred to

the General fund.

Library Trail Expansion/Story Book Trail:

Story Trail: It was reported that Dale Proffitt, head of the Library Trust, has requested

more information on the Story Trail; the Town will be covering the liability on the Story Trail;

and it was suggested that the library have a story by a local author at least once a year.

Library Trail: There was no new information on the Library Trail

Old AT: Randal reported that the Old Appalachian Trail (OAT) public forum is scheduled for

Sunday, Feb. 24th, from 2-4 pm at the library. Professor Mills Kelly will be attending; Barbara

indicated that Prof. Kelly has received 2 grants to research the Old Appalachian Trail and plans

multiple trips to this area. There will be a dinner with Prof. Kelly on Friday, Feb 22 nd — contact Randall if you want to attend. Randall reported that 3 old AT guide books (1940 — 1950) were donated anonymously (by Jim McNeely) and will be placed in the library. Randall asked

members for help at the forum for tech support and refreshments; Liz will help with tech support;

Dede will take care of refreshments; set up will be at 1:00 pm. Randall sent in an article for the

newspaper. Randall presented a map of a portion of the trail he explored (attached). He would

like to see the OAT marking and information be picked up by another organization to market and

promote; suggestions were made of the Old Church Gallery, Preservation Trust, Floyd Historical

Society, Tourism officer, and various cycle and hiking groups from the Floyd and surrounding

areas.

Community Center: A brief discussion was held on a possible Floyd community center — no

action was taken.

New Business:

Sustain Floyd Film: Barbara asked members if PFF was interested in sponsoring a Sustain Floyd

Film Series film this year. After discussion it was decided to have Barbara get more information

on which films are available.

Announcements: None.

Meeting was adjourned. Next meeting will be Monday, March 18, 2019, at 6:30 pm at Wall

Residences.

Respectfully submitted,

Dede McGrath

Recording Secretary

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MONTHLY MEETING

March 18, 2019

Vice-President Michael Maslaney presided and called the meeting to order.  A quorum was attained.

Present were:  Barbara Pleasant, Liz Warriner, Jane Cundiff, Michael Maslaney, John Hopkins, Kamala Bauer, Jack Wall, and Dede McGrath.

Minutes:  The minutes of February 18, 2019, were approved as read.

Treasurers’ Report:  Treasurer Barbara Pleasant reported an account balance of $5144.23 in the general fund; we received interest from our Click-n-Pledge account.  Barbara reported that we received a bill from Slaughters for the OAT forum and will be paying our event insurance ($520) shortly.  Barbara’s report is attached and incorporated by reference.

Unfinished Business:

Pioneer Trail:  Mike reported that he and Jon Beegle used John’s new machine and cleared the whole pioneer trail; there are some boggy areas; trail is approximately 2 miles.  He also reported that Lydeana had a professor and students from VT, along with a “Trail Guy” the professor brought, take a field trip of the Phlegar house and trail; the students will be restoring the house.  Mike reported parking at the Phlegar house has been approved.  PFF needs to draw up a proposed plot for the parking lot to include fencing, signs, etc.  A clean up was scheduled for the Pioneer for the second week in April.

Dodd Creek Trail:  Jane reported that Project Floyd was looking for adult volunteers for Project Floyd Day, April 27th.  Barbara and Mike indicated they were available to lead the young adults to clean up the trail.  It was decided to concentrate on the Dodd Creek trail.  John reported that the Rec Authority will be converted to a County Department effective July 1, 2019; the new director is Andy Mabe.

Library Trail Expansion/Story Book Trail: 

Story Trail:  Mike reported that he had gotten with Dale Profitt and offered to meet with the library trust board members and walk the trail; Dale indicated he was working on the trail needs.  Mike reported that some trees may have to be removed from the story walk trail; he will have Jon Beegle come back to make the trail.

            Library Trail:  A Library Trail “opening was briefly discussed; it was suggested to do it in conjunction with the first “Small Town Summer” event; no decision was made.  It was also reported that a new playground had been installed in the Lineberry park.

Old AT:  The OAT forum was discussed.  Everyone agreed that it was a very successful event and well attended.  A good foundation for networking was created.  Randall (not present) sent an emailed report with a suggestion for a vehicle tour of the OAT (attached).

Sustain Floyd Film:  Barbara reported that Sustain Floyd had decided not to have the film series event this year as they want to focus on educational events; they may do something in the fall, but need to find a new venue.

New Business:

Re/Election of PFF Board members:  Dede reported that we did not elect board members in January and still needed to do this for 2019.  She will contact the board members whose terms are ended to see if they will serve again (Barbara, Marjory, Ellie, and Ralph).  There is also one open seat.  Elections will be held at the next meeting.

Announcements:  

Sacred Ceremony for Mother Earth – Jane announced that a sacred ceremony for Mother Earth will be held at the Eco Village on May 11, 2019; Ed Skopal, Mountain Woman Laurie, and a Cherokee Medicine Woman will be attending.

Green New Deal – John announced that a Green New Deal is in the works for April 22nd.

Meeting was adjourned.  Next meeting will be Monday, April 15, 2019, at 6:30 pm at Wall Residences. 

Respectfully submitted,

Dede McGrath

Recording Secretary

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MONTHLY MEETING

April 15, 2019

President Anne Pendrak presided and called the meeting to order.  A quorum was attained.

Present were:  Anne Pendrak, Liz Mears, Randall Wells, Cheryl Nichols, Jane Cundiff, Michael Maslaney, Lori Quesinberry, Kamala Bauers, and Dede McGrath.

Minutes:  The minutes of March 18, 2019, were approved as corrected.

Treasurers’ Report:  None.

Unfinished Business:

Pioneer Trail:  Mike reported that the Pioneer trail work is on hold for now as Jon Beegle is busy with his work schedule.  Mike is not sure what is going to be done with the back side trail area.  It may be leveled off and industrial pads installed with curbing, water, and sewer.

Dodd Creek Trail:  A work session on the Dodd Creek trail is scheduled for April 27, 2019, from 9 am – 12 noon with Project Floyd: Mike will coordinate.

Library/Story Book Trail:  Mike reported that he saw Dale Profitt and Dale indicated he is still working on the Story book trail information.  Mike also met with Jim Newlin and asked to meet with the whole library board; Betty Lineberry is also on the board.  Lori K__________, library, suggested that it might be better to have the story book walk in the park instead of the woods by the library.  It would be easier and safer for the library personnel to change the stories, and easier for the public to use the walk.  The approval of the Town Council would be needed.  The current library trail could then be extended into the “old story book trail” loop.  Mike will speak to Kayla, Town Manager.  It was also reported that the trails are being used by the school track teams.  Liz Mears, a certified master naturalist, indicated the trail could qualify as a project (trail clearing) for a master naturalist.  PFF should contact both the Master Gardeners and the Master Naturalist to help with landscaping on the trails.

            Jane reported that we still need and official opening for the Library Trail and suggested doing it in conjunction with the Small Town Summer events on June 20th.  She suggested having a guided trail walk from the park to the library ad then people can check out books from the library.  The trail opening could start about 5:30 pm, before the summer music event, so that people would have time to go back to listen to the music.

Old AT:  Randall reported that he is continuing to explore the Old AT route in Floyd; he explored the southwest direction up to Black Ridge Trail near the winery but had some problems; Time Smith and Susan also had problems with the trail route.  Randall proposed an Old AT PFF outing starting at the Amrheins Winery and ending at the Newlin’s home.  After discussion, it was decided to hire a car and the outing would be on June 8th; RSVP with Randall.  Paul Sullivan is still very interested in the Old At for bike use.

Re/Election of PFF Board members:  Dede reported the slate of board members for election/re-election is as follows:  Barbara Pleasant, Marjory Wells, Ellie Roe, and Randall Wells; all agreed to search on the board.  A motion was made, seconded, and approved to elect the slate as presented.  There is still one open seat on the board.

New Business:  

Plein Air Week:  Plein Air Week is set for Aug 11-17, 2019.  It was suggested that trail maps should be included in the artist packets; Jane will ask Ken to create maps of our trails.  Additionally, PFF should up-date and include our brochure.

PFF Monthly Meeting Date:  It was decided to move the monthly meeting date from the 3rd Monday of the month to the 4th Monday of the month.  The new monthly meeting date will begin with the June meeting.  The meeting for May will remain on Monday, May 20th.

2019 Big Give:  The Big Give is April 24th; John will up-date the narrative for our trails page.

Future Projects:  A discussion was held on future projects.  No decisions were made.

Announcements:  

Master Naturalist Project – Liz Mears reported that the Art Center will be repainting and creating an outdoor Pollinator Garden.

May Fair – The Art center is holding a May Fair event on May 4-5 and is looking for vendors; contact Becky.

Green New Deal – April 22nd at the Eco-Village at 7 pm; hosted by Anthony Flaccavento.

Meeting was adjourned.  Next meeting will be Monday, May 20, 2019, at 6:30 pm at Wall Residences. 

Dede McGrath

Recording Secretary

PARTNERSHIP FOR FLOYD

MONTHLY MEETING

May 20, 2019

Vice-President Michael Maslaney presided and called the meeting to order.  A quorum was attained.

Present were:  Jane Cundiff, Jack Wall, Michael Maslaney, Kamala Bauers, John Hopkins, Liz Warriner, Barbara Pleasant, Ellie Roe, Randall Wells, Lori Kaluszka, and Dede McGrath.

Minutes:  The minutes of April 15, 2019, were approved as read.

Treasurers’ Report:  Treasurer Barbara Pleasant reported a balance of 5215.04; her report is attached and incorporated by reference.  She reported that we received $640.03 through the Big Give.  She also reported that she had received a $1000 donation that has not yet been deposited which will bring the balance to $6215.04.

Unfinished Business:

Pioneer Trail:  Mike reported that Jon Beegle contacted him regarding EDA money that needed to be used.  Jon and he determined that the Phlegar house area needed a split rail fence near the trail head.  Jon will begin digging posts holes and should have the fence in starting in June.

            The back part of the trail needs a bridge over the retention pond outlet.  Mike spoke with Joe Gallimore about getting some 6-ft footers; they need to be big enough to get a maintenance vehicle through.  Mike estimated the bridge would cost under $100; we would need to pour some footings; we will not need a lot of culverts for the trail otherwise.

            A bridge is needed to be able to access the stream area; the trail needs to be mowed.  Trees are needed on the side of the Phlegar house, these can be gotten from other parts of the trail in the fall; it was suggested to get Liz Mears to help with transplanting.

            Jane had a discussion with Sustain Floyd regarding a bird sanctuary in the marsh area; Jon Beegle indicated it was a good idea, but would need approval.  It was suggested to create some “blind” shelters; Sustain Floyd could coordinate the bird sanctuary.

            Jon suggested to Mike to get Justin and the bull dozer to change the tilt of the old logging road and do some work on the parking area.  Mike reported that we have approximately over $7000 in funds for this project.  The next bug expense will be gravel for the parking lot.

Dodd Creek Trail:  Mike reported that Young Life teens had come out during Project Floyd on April 27 and had helped clean-up the Dodd Creek trail.  They helped cut water channels to help drain the water off the trail; they did a god job.  Mike also reported the Rec Authority was keeping the trail well mowed.  Mike will try to get trail maps to Floyd Fitness.  Jane is creating a tree story for the trail with a theme of web of life.

Library Story Walk Trail:  Liz and Lori reported that they had met and discussed moving the “trail” to the park instead of the woods; for safety and ease of maintenance. They plan to ha 5 stations with 4 panels each so that they can accommodate up to a 40-page.  Mike reported that the Town needed to approve their plans; it is possible the Walk could be completed by fall.  Each station (panel and plexi-glass) would cost about $300.

Library Tree Story Trail:  Jane discussed an official Library Trail opening.  She indicated a need for a bench to be installed prior to doing the opening.  The June 20 date will not work; July 18 was suggested.  Jane reported that Andy Fin had given her estimated for the Tree Story signs: 3’ x 2’ and mounted would be about $150 each; 3 would needed for each trail – Library and Dodd Creek.  It was suggested to up-date the map and send out to the local Floyd lodgings, Fitness Center, Chamber, Art Center, Country Store, Station, etc; maps would have to indicate Pioneer Trail was not yet open.

Old AT:  Randall reported Paul Sullivan wrote an article about the Old At for the Floyd Press.  The Old AT Expedition is set for June 8th, cost of $50, meet at the Courthouse parking lot at 1:00 pm.

PFF Monthly Meeting Date:  It was decided to move the monthly meeting date back to the original 3rd Monday date.

New Business:  None.

Announcements:  None.

Meeting was adjourned.  Next meeting will be Monday, June 17, 2019, at 6:30 pm at Wall Residences. 

Dede McGrath

Recording Secretary

PARTNERSHIP FOR FLOYD

MONTHLY MEETING

June 17, 2019

President Anne Pendrak presided and called the meeting to order.  A quorum was attained.

Present were:  Ellie Roe, Liz Warriner, Michael Maslaney, Jane Cundiff, Anne Pendrak, Barbara Pleasant, John Hopkins, Randall Wells, and Dede McGrath.

Minutes:  The minutes from May 20, 2019, were unavailable.  Secretary Dede McGrath read from her meeting notes.  The minutes will be approved when available.

Treasurers’ Report:  Treasurer Barbara Pleasant reported a balance of $6237.23; her report is attached and incorporated by reference.  She reported that we received $1000 donation from Bauer/Wall for a commemorative bench in memory of Sam Moore (former original PFF member).  The Town will need to approve the placement of the bench; PFF will probably install in the park, possibly near the new tree.  It was suggested to approach Phoenix Hardwoods to build.

Unfinished Business:

Pioneer Trail:  Mike reported that jon and he purchased the split rail supplies, bush hogged, and augured the holes for the fence near the Phlegar house.  They finished the fence.  Lydeana and Karla are filing a report for the grant with pictures.

            Mike talked with Ben & Justin of the Dept of Forestry; they are eager to use the bull dozer to fix the road; they will come out next month.

            Mike reminded PFF not to list the Pioneer trail on any maps as yet as it is still unfinished and not open.  There is a question as to whether the trail will be open to the public or not.  PFF is pushing for an open trail or we will have to withdraw our help due to conflicts with our charter.

A motion was made and seconded to notify the EDA that, if the trail is not a public trail, PFF will stop working on the trail.  After discussion, the motion was withdrawn.  Mike will get with Lydeana and let her know our concerns.

            Mike also reported that Dreaming Creek will be putting up a fence on their property between them and the trail.        

Dodd Creek Trail:  Mike reported that he received a call for the Rec Authority that they wanted to use the $2000 for mowing the trail.  Mike explained to them that the original LOA had expired and was not renewed, and that money had been returned to the PFF account and is no longer available.  He reported that as of July 1st, the Rec Authority was going to become the Rec Department under the County Board of Supervisors; the Rec Authorty Director Andy is leaving and no replacement is in place.  After discussion, it was decided to wait until the new department is established to see what they want from PFF.

Library Story Walk Trail:  Mike reported that he made a model of the story panel units in order to get the angle and placement.  The Library is still researching materials; Andy is also looking, he may be able to find for less costs.  It was suggested using Lexsan instead of plexi-glass.  Liz and Barbara will liaise with the committee; the committee will need to meet again.

Library Tree Story Trail:  Jane reported that the opening was schedule for July 18.  The signs are ready; cost was $80 each for two.  They need a pedestal and need to be installed.  A bench is needed on the trail before the opening. A release/approval is needed for the bench as it will be on the Blake property: Mike will talk to Kayla and Mr. Blake.  It was decided to move the opening to August 15th to give us more time to get things in place.

Old AT:  Randall reported that 8 PFF and guests in 2 cars participated in the Old AT excursion.  We picked up the trail at Amrheins Winery and traveled different parts of the trail up to Chateau Morrissette, where we had dinner.  Randall will be writing an article.  He would like to see a map developed of the trail corridor and add 2 areas that are actually walkable.

New Business:  

Floyd Entrance Signs:  It was questioned as to why the entrance signs had places to put flowers, but did not have any.  It was reported that it was too hard to up-keep flowers and the Town switched to seasonal banners.

County Fair:  Barbara reported that the date for the County Fair will be Sep. 14th at Chantilly Farms.  Sustain Floyd will again bring the volts wagon.  Barbara indicated Sustain Floyd may do a booth with cooking demo’s on how to cook produce from the Farmer’s Market.  They have added a Fun Run/Walk to the fair schedule; the run/walk is the morning of the fair.

Blue Ridge Music Festival:  Randall reported that there will be a concert as part of the music festival on June 30 at 3 pm at the Eco-Village, then a Governor’s School concert on July 2nd at 7:00 pm at the Eco-Village.  He reported they will need help with refreshments at the Governor’s School concert and asked PFF to help bring refreshments.  The refreshments need to be there by 6:30 pm.

Announcements:  None.

Meeting was adjourned.  Next meeting will be Monday, July 15, 2019, at 6:30 pm at Wall Residences. 

Dede McGrath

Recording Secretary

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MONTHLY MEETING

Wall Residences, Floyd, VA

August 19, 2019

President Anne Pendrak presided and called the meeting to order.  A quorum was attained.

Present were:  John Hopkins, Cheryl Nichols, Marjory Wells, Kamala Bauers, Jane Cundiff, Anne Pendrak, Randall Wells, Barbara Pleasant, Jack Wall, Liz Warriner, and Dede McGrath.

Minutes:  The minutes from May 20, 2019, June 17, 2019, and July 15, 2019, were sent out electronically prior to the meeting.  All three sets of minutes were approved as written.

Treasurers’ Report:  Treasurer Barbara Pleasant reported there had been no activity since the last report; balance remains at $7021.23.

Unfinished Business:

Pioneer Trail:  Barbara reported that Mike had called the insurance company regarding insurance for the trail; it was suggested to send them pictures of the trail.  There is still no word on whether the trail will be “public” or “private.” 

            John expressed a need for a bike trail.  Randall read a letter from Paul Sullivan wondering if we still needed his help on the trails; Randall will contact him and express that PFF is still interested in his help.  Discussion was held regarding bike use on the trail; it was realized that bikes would use the trail regardless of posted signs.  It was suggested to pursue a bike trail next.

Dodd Creek Trail:  Liz and John reported that the trail was not being maintained properly: it was not mowed, trees had grown over, erosion was occurring in certain areas.  It was suggested to take the new Recreation Director on a tour of the trail; Liz and Kamala will talk to the director. 

Library Story Walk Trail:  Liz Warriner reported that the plans for the Story Walk are continuing to evolve.  The Head of the Montgomery-Floyd Library System and several people from NRC are now involved and new ideas are being explored.  The plan now is to put the Story Walk below the WinterSun complex parking area and paving it so that the walk is stroller and wheelchair friendly.  It is believed that in this area it would have better visibility and would be utilized more.

Library Tree Story Trail:  Jane reported that she met with Kayla and Mike regarding the placement of the Library Trail bench.  Mike has installed the bench and “Tree Story” trail signs.

Old AT:  Randall reported that Paul Sullivan was working on an Old AT map.

New Business:  

Water Ordinance:  Several members presented concerns regarding the sanctity of Floyd County water and the possible pumping of Floyd water by outside companies.  It was felt a water ordinance was needed to keep these companies from disrobing and removing Floyd water.  These members wanted PFF to develop an ordinance for the Count to be able to approve.  It was suggested to partner with Sustain Floyd; discuss with Lydeana; talk with Tammy Bazinski, Allan Graff, etc; contact an attorney, and get a copy of an existing ordinance to use as a template.  John will talk to Tammy.  Anne will talk to Preserve Floyd.  It was suggested to contact the Floyd Water Council.  Barbara will do some research for other ordinances.

Health Fair:  Jane presented a request to do another Health Fair or EarthDay.  It has been a few years since we held one and many people are again interested in one.  Discussion was held regarding possible dates and themes.  It was decided to go with a Health Fair with some elements of Earth Day intertwined.  Since we want to work on a water ordinance, a water theme was suggested.  Jane will check with the school for possible dates in the spring 2020.  We could possibly show the water movie: “Good to the Last Drop.”

Announcements:  

Floyd County Fair:  September 13-14, 2019, at Chantilly Farms.  Bull riding Friday night; fair and exhibit Saturday.

Meeting was adjourned.  Next meeting will be Monday, September 16, 2019, at 6:30 pm at Wall Residences. 

Dede McGrath

Recording Secretary

PARTNERSHIP FOR FLOYD  MONTHLY MEETING

Wall Residences, Floyd, VA

September 16, 2019

President Anne Pendrak presided and called the meeting to order. A quorum was attained.

Present were: Ellie Roe, Cheryl Nichols, Randall Wells, Jack Wall, Michael Maslaney, Tammy Belinsky, Jane Cundiff, Anne Pendrak, Barbara Pleasant, John Hopkins, Kerry Ackerson, and Dede McGrath.

Minutes: The minutes from August 19, 2019, were approved as written.

Treasurers’ Report: Treasurer Barbara Pleasant reported there had been no activity since the last report; balance remains at $7021.23.

Unfinished Business:

Pioneer Trail: Mike reported that three beams for the bridge are being cut and the bridge will need some kind of footings. There are still retention pond issues that need to be addressed. The bulldozer was in last week and did an incredible job creating a 12 foot wide path; grass seed is needed. An area was created to play in the creek. Mike also reported the proposed path may have to be altered slightly due to future industrial park development.

Randall talked with Blue Mountain School regarding partnering with us to help with the trail; they seemed interested.

Library Story Walk Trail: Mike and Barbara reported that the Lineberry Park’s original plans had a perimeter path. The Story Walk trail will now replace this path. The path needs to be bull­dozed and have water and lights installed, but the Story Walk is expected to be completed by June 2020. Nicole has done a site study, and the Town is going for bids for the walkway. PFF will continue to be involved with the Story Walk.

New Business:

Plenty Water-Front Trail: Kerry Ackerson, Plenty Director, spoke to PFF about a proposal for Plenty to develop the area on their property that runs near the river. PFF gave Kerry several suggestions and point of contacts to use to help them develop a plan for their trail. The proposed Plenty trail is near the Dodd Creek trail and could be tied in to the trail in the future.

A motion was made, seconded, and approved to embrace and endorse Plenty’s Water­front trail project.

Water Ordinance: Tammy Belinsky was invited by PFF to speak to us regarding a water ordinance proposal for Floyd. Tammy was part of a task group some years ago to look at this problem for Floyd. The task force developed some suggestions for zoning and ordinances,

however the County did not proceed with any of the suggestions. There is now a need to re-look at this issue and continue the work begin by the task force. It was suggested to have PFF

research other counties’ water ordinances, revisit the work the task force started, and to educate the public and encourage them to attend County BOS meetings to support water issues. One

suggestion included adding water issues to the Health Fair theme.

Health Fair: No new information.

Film Series Sponsorship: Barbara reported that the film series is having a film called “The Truth About Trees” on October 14, 2019.  A motion was made, seconded, and approved for PFF to donate $300 to sponsor this film

Announcements:

Climate Emergency Program: September 23, 2019, at Floyd County Library at 7:00 pm; sponsored by the Floyd Democratic Committee.

Meeting was adjourned. Next meeting will be Monday, October 21, 2019, at 6:30 pm at Wall Residences.

Dede McGrath

Recording Secretary

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MONTHLY MEETING

Wall Residences, Floyd, VA

October 21, 2019

President Anne Pendrak presided and called the meeting to order. A quorum was attained.

Present were: Anne Pendrak, Barbara Pleasant, Michael Maslaney, Jane Cundiff, Kamala Bauers, John Hopkins, Randall Wells, Liz Warriner, and Dede McGrath.

Minutes: The minutes from September 19, 2019, were not completed and will be approved at the next meeting. Secretary Dede McGrath read from her meeting notes. Randall expressed a need to keep speakers times down to keep the meeting from lasting too long.

Treasurers’ Report: Treasurer Barbara Pleasant reported the current balance of the general fund is $6821.23; Barbara’s report is attached and incorporated by reference. She also reported that PFF only spent $200 of the $300 al-lotted for the film series move “The Truth About Tree” due to only having to cover Ross Spears travel and no hotel lodging. Additionally, the “Trees” conversation has been extended to November 24, 2019, at the Library.

Unfinished Business:

Pioneer Trail: Mike reported he met with Mark Bolt, Building Inspector, and Mark had some ideas for the bridge and footings; Mike will take the ideas to Steve in regard to the beams needed; still need to pour the footings, but the can be done now. Mike talked to Jon about start; Jon will do the seeding. The bridge will need to be completed before the trail is “walkable.” Randall reported Blue Mountain School is still interested in helping.

Library Story Walk Trail: Liz reported that they did a presentation of the Story Walk tail to the Rotary Club and the club seemed very excited. They volunteered to speak to other businesses about sponsoring station for $200/station. Lori confirmed the Friends of the Library will purchase the books. The town liked the proposal, but want to see the money. The Library is trying for a June 2020 install/opening.

Dodd Creek Trail: Mike reported he met with Terry regarding the trail and trail maintenance. Terry has personnel shortages currently and so they are mowing the field but not the trail. She did not want PFF to do anything until she has County BOS approval. Mike reported that he gave her a copy of the original trail agreement for her to review. She is very open to ideas. Mike suggested to her about having an Advisory Council.

Kamala proposed PFF do a “one time” work day clean up or to pay a professional

landscaper to do deaning up to $300. PFF would have to get BOS approval first for a work day.

A motion was made, seconded, and approved to pay up to $300 for a professional

landscaper to do clearing/clean-up on the trail in lieu of a work day. Mike will talk to Terry.

Old AT: Randal reported that he has not heard from Paul and has no other new information.

Health Fair 2020: Jane reported the Health Fair is scheduled for May 9, 2020, at the Floyd County High School. Jane was still looking for ideas for the health panel. Some suggestions included: an up-date on Lyme and other tick-borne diseases; getting someone from the Health Department to speak on current affairs health issues; CBD oil and products information; etc. It was also suggested to have a booth on the water ordinance and water issues.

Water Ordinance: Barbara reported she had check other counties’ water ordinances and suggested that we start from where the task group left off. Mike will talk to Lydeana about getting a copy of the task force work, up-dating it, and re-presenting it to the County BOS.

New Business:

Disaster Preparedness: Jane reported that she had talked with Lydeana regarding disaster preparedness in Floyd County. She proposed getting the churches and other organizations together for a forum. It was also suggested to have a booth at the Health Fair regarding disaster preparedness.

Announcements:

Dine for a Cause: November 7, 2019, at the Eco Village; desserts are needed.

Meeting was adjourned. Next meeting will be Monday, November 18, 2019, at 6:30 pm at Wall Residences.

Dede McGrath

Recording Secretary

PARTNERSHIP FOR FLOYD MONTHLY MEETING

Wall Residences, Floyd, VA November 18, 2019

President Anne Pendrak presided and called the meeting to order. A quorum was attained.

Present were:

Minutes: The minutes from September 19, 2019, and October 21, 2019, were not completed and will be approved at the next meeting. Secretary Dede McGrath read from her meeting notes.

Treasurers’ Report: Treasurer Barbara Pleasant reported the current balance of the general fund is $6794.93; a check was written for printing supplies; Barbara’s report is attached and incorporated by reference.

Unfinished Business:

Pioneer Trail: Mike reported that he and Jon Beegle dug and poured footer for the bridge; they are ready for the beams. Steve already has the beams; one is very long and will need to be cut; a bench can be made from the excess. Steve changed the decking from pressure treated lumber to white oak as it is more weather and insect resistant. The wood is in, but we will have to wait on Steve to install; they will need heavy equipment to move the beams into place. Mike also reported they had cleaned out the retention pond. With the area cleaned out for the bridge, the trail is now “walkable” and can be explored, though there are still some places that are a little over grown. Also, Jon has seeded the road. Mike reported that we spent approximately $600 for the decking and $2300 for the beams, but that this was covered by the grant money; invoices should be received soon.

Library Story Walk Trail: No new information.

Dodd Creek Trail: Mike reported that he met with Terry about the proposal to pay a landscaper to clean the trail; Terry approved. Mike and carol went to work on the trail, but someone had already cleaned it. Mike did cut down some trees, including a walnut tree that now can be used for a bench. Mike also reported that VD.OT does not own the road to the recreation field and that the issue with the road crossing closed. Jane indicated that she would add more signs in the spring. It was suggested that we need to advertise the trail better, perhaps a brochure or map. Jane will get with Pat Sharkey to add the trail to the Floyd Chamber of Commerce website.

Health Fair 2020: Jane reported the Health Fair is scheduled for May 9, 2020, at the Floyd County High School. She reported that Pat will be putting the date on the Floyd COC calendar. The proposed fair schedule is: .8-9 am – set up; 9-10 am – Vendor mingle; 10 am – 2 pm – fair open; 2:00 pm clean up. Jane indicated that she will wait until January to open the fair sign up. She also indicated that the Pharm House might be a possible food vendor. More possible panel topics and demonstrations are: Lyme up-date; mental health issues; CBD oil; laughter yoga, etc.

Water Ordinance: Jane reported that she talked with Tammy, Myra, and Andy Lindstrom, an EPA water Chemist recently moved here. Jane has a meeting tentatively schedule at the library on January 26th with her garden people and anyone else who would like to attend. It is suggested to do a booth for water at the health fair. It was also suggested to send some article to the Floyd Press for public education; Ashley Sphynx is the new editor.

Disaster/Emergency Preparedness: Jane reported that she is interested in setting up a forum for disaster preparedness discussion with the businesses and organizations of Floyd for the purpose of raising awareness, building cooperation, and developing resources.

New Business:

2020 Officer Elections: Dede reminded members that nominations will take place in December for officer and board member elections in January.

Announcements:

Climate Change Video: Woody/Sustain Floyd has a climate change video for viewing.

Meeting was adjourned. Next meeting will be Monday, December 16, 2019, at 6:30 pm at Wall Residences.

Dede McGrath

Recording Secretary