General Meeting March 5, 2019
Location and Time:
  Meeting held at Carroll County Office Building, 225 N. Center Street, Room 003-004 Lower Level, Westminster, MD and called to order at 7:35 by Darlene Welsh, President.
Attendance:
  Lynda Arnold, Janet Breeding, Carolyn Garber, Peggy Miller, Darlene Welsh, Becky Kishter.
Secretary's Report:
  Motion to approve minutes of 12/04/18 by Peggy Miller; second by Lynda Arnold. Motion passed. No meeting held on 1/1/19 or on 2/5/19.
Treasurer’s Report:
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Equestrian Center Report: Lynda Arnold
  Lynda reported the Center is reserved on 4/28, 5/11, 5/26. 6/23, 7/7, 8/4, 8/25, 9/8. Lynda also reported receiving a phone call on 3/2/19 from a neighbor reporting that the window on the Biddison Building was open. Evidently the latch had not been secured properly and the extreme winds blew it open; window was secured; no damage to the interior of the building. The mowing contract at the Center was renewed by the County with Les Phelps/Phelps Lawn Care, Inc. (per Tom Robertson.) The County contract for the portable toilets was renewed with Freedom Septic Services, Inc. (Contact: Christy Sheubrooks) with no price increase.

2019 Fee schedule for the Center was reviewed - (Youth Equine Organizations $150/Per Day; Other Equine Organizations $225/Per Day; Instructions in the ring by reservation $10/per student/per lesson.) Motion by Darlene Welsh to continue the current fees; second by Peggy Miller. Motion passed.
EQUESTRIAN CENTER MAINTENANCE REPORT
  Peggy Miller prepared a “job description” to recruit someone for this position; she will continue with maintenance on the cross-country jumps. The condition of the entrance to the Center was discussed; repairs will need to be made prior to 4/28/19 in order to access the area.
RECREATION AND PARKS REPORT
  Becky Kishter reported the Department notified all Recreation Councils to update their By-laws Roberts Rules of Order section. (The section is to read as follows: “Recreation council meetings shall be run in a manner that is generally consistent with Roberts Rules of Order in that there should be an agenda, minutes shall be kept and decisions shall be made after a motion and a second followed by a vote. No version of Roberts Rules of Order shall overrule a recreation council’s by-laws. Furthermore, the overall goal of the Department of Recreation and Parks and this Council is to promote and facilitate community involvement in the decision making process so that the Council accurately represents its constituents.”)

Trails Expansion in Union Mills – Tony Rosas on the Recreation and Parks Advisory Board has expressed an interest in expanding trails in Union Mills, off Saw Mill Road. A map of the potential area is provided.

Needs assessment survey/Capital Improvements Program – letter dated 2/22/19 to all Recreation Councils asking for projects to be considered for the capital budget process; deadline to submit is 3/15/19. (Note: Gillis Falls Trails expansion is already in the CIP.)
Old Business
  Hunter’s parking area at Gillis Falls
Trails/Gate/lock/barriers on sides of gates – no report,

New Business
  MD DNR Public Information Meeting
held on 2/21/19 in Owings Mills, MD to discuss 15 year deer management plan – Janet Breeding reported she and Darlene Welsh attended. A variety of stakeholders were invited to the first meeting – the Maryland Horse Council was invited to represent horse people (name of attendee unknown.) A few interesting statistics: 75-80,000 deer hunters in Maryland; 7.5 million dollars in crop damage done last year by deer; only 2-3% of Marylanders hunt.
Comment period has been extended to March 15, 2019.

FMI:
2009-2018 Maryland White-tailed Deer Plan
https://dnr.maryland.gove/wildlife/Documents/2009-2018MarylandWTDeerPlan.pdf

Online Comment Forum
http://www.doit.state.md.us/selectsurvey/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=18108m2#

Public Opinion Survey Report
http://dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/Documents/2018Deer PublicOpinionSurvey.pdf

4-H Therapeutic Riding Program Horse Fair
Sunday, March 24, 2019 10:00 – 3:00
at Shipley Arena, Carroll County Ag Center, Westminster, MD – Carolyn Garber reported the information booth will need to be manned. Promotional materials will be available at the booth.

Preakness Week
Black Eyed Susan on Friday, May 17, 2019 – Motion to have Tina Shupp make arrangements for a 10 passenger County van/driver by Janet Breeding; second by Lynda Arnold. Motion passed. Individual tickets to be purchased separately by those attending. Seating is limited. Details to be determined.
Calendar of Events 2019
  Piney Run Trail Work Days
Sunday, March 17, 2019 – St. Patrick’s Day Theme – Noon – 3:00
Light trail lunch provided/prize for the most green! FMI: Stephanie Brennan 603-573-1123, dadslilcobra@yahoo.com

Saturday, October 19, 2019 – 10 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Light lunch/pot luck provided at 1:00 FMI: Stephanie Brennan 603-573-1123 dadlilcobra@yahoo.com

Gillis Falls Trail Work Days
Saturday, April 13, 2019 – 9:00 – Noon
FMI: Jon Arnold jonbarnold@hotmail.com

Sunday, September 15, 2019 9:00 – Noon
FMI: Jon Arnold jonbarnold@hotmail.com

Union Mills Trail Work Days
Saturday, June 22, 2019 – Celebrate 1st Day of Summer 10:00 – 1:00. Light lunch/pot luck provided at 1:00. FMI: Stephanie Brennan 603-573-1123 dadlilcobra@yahoo.com

Morgan Run Trail Work Days,
TBA

Registration/Release forms are to be completed at each trail work day and returned to the Secretary (Carolyn Garber) for the file. Carolyn will provide the forms to Stephanie Brennan and Jon Arnold prior to each trail work day.
Adjournment
  Motion to adjourn by Lynda Arnold; second by Janet Breeding. Meeting adjourned 8:30 p.m.
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