General Meeting March 6, 2018
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 7:30 by Darlene Welsh, President.
  Jon Arnold, Lynda Arnold, Janet Breeding, Lori Cusick, Carolyn Garber, Peggy Miller, Dave Radcliffe, Stephanie Runion, Chelsea Warner, Darlene Welsh, Tina Shupp.
Secretary's Report:
  No meeting held in January/February. Motion to approve minutes of December 5, 2017 by Dave Radcliffe; second by Lynda Arnold. Motion passed.
Treasurer’s Report:
  January 2018.
Equestrian Center Report: Lynda Arnold
  Lynda Arnold reported the first date for Carroll County Western Circuit for the 2018 show season is 4/29/19 (not 4/20/18 as shown on CCEC website.) A deposit has been received from Burnt Woods Pony Club for a Mounted Games event on 5/12/18. The previously uncollected fee of $150 from KSGRA has been collected thanks to a letter sent from the Office of the County Attorney. The County contract for portable toilets with Freedom Septic has been renewed for 2018. The County contract with Phelps Lawn Care to mow the Equestrian Center was renewed.

No response from Lynda’s contact of Anne Petraseck in regards to a deposit refund check issued earlier and outstanding.
  – No report
Old Business
  Morgan Chapel UMC Food Pantry
Peggy Miller read a nice thank you note from the Morgan Chapel UMC Food Pantry for the items donated at the December meeting.

Special Volunteer of the Year Thanks
Carolyn Garber read a thank you note from “Buddy” Durilla who was recognized with his “people” Frank and Karen Durilla.

Trail Work Day at Piney Run 10/28/17

Social Dinner at Bud’s at Silver Run 10/17/17
this was the largest group to attend to date and included the celebration of 3 birthdays! Thanks to Darlene Welsh for a delicious cake shared by all!

  4-H Therapeutic Riding Horse Fair Sunday, March 18, 2018 from 9 -2. Volunteers to help with the booth: Darlene Welsh, Janet Breeding, Lynda Arnold, Carolyn Garber, Joe Dragan.

Trail Work Days
Jon Arnold presented a map of three sections of trail that are steep, rocky and rutted out which makes it difficult for all trail users and proposed an extension and switchback to avoid the steep and rocky sections straight down the ridge. Jon also advised the website shows the first Gillis Falls Trail Work day on 4/20/18 which is not correct. Gillis Falls Trail Work Days: Saturday, April 28, 2018 and Sunday, September 16, 2018. FMI: Jon Arnold 301-524-8448

Carolyn Garber reported the dates have been approved by Patapsco Valley State Park for Morgan Run NEA. Lunch of hotdogs and drinks will be provided for those who volunteer that day. Morgan Run Trail Work Days: Sunday, May 6, 2018; Saturday, June 2, 2018; Sunday, July 8, 2018; (Sunday, August 12, 2018 if needed) Saturday, September 1, 2018; Sunday, October 7, 2018; Sunday, November 11, 2018. FMI: Carolyn Garber 410-549-5141.

Darlene Welsh reported for Bridget McCullough that a date has not yet been determined for Trail Work at Piney Run.

Darlene Welsh announced we need a Trail Work Day coordinator for the Union Mills Trails. If you ride the trails in the Union Mills area and would be willing to lead 2 – 3 trail work days during the year, please contact Darlene Welsh at

New Business
  Special Programs
The topic of Nutrient Management was offered for consideration. Darlene Welsh will contact Janie Dell (Nutrient Management Advisor for Carroll County) to see if she would be available for a special program in May or June.

Social Dinner
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 6:00 p.m. at E.W. Beck’s Pub, 7565 Main Street, Sykesville. “E. W. Beck’s Restaurant & Pub is a family owned restaurant in Sykesville, Maryland. It was founded in 1992 by brothers, J. Scott Beck and Brian W. Beck.

Maryland Off Road Alliance
Darlene Welsh reported she had received a call from a representative of this organization regarding the ATVs on the trails at Gillis Falls. This organization also contacted the Carroll County Department of Recreation and Parks direct.

Discussion was held regarding the easy access to the Gillis Falls Trails by 4WD Pickups and ATVs at the lower parking lot on Grimville Road. A request to lock the county gate and install large rocks on each side of the gate will be made.

Sunday Hunting
TROT Save Our Sundays, Update on bills to expand Sundays for Hunting was distributed. House Bill 1338 and Senate Bill 817 are of particular importance. Jacquie Cowan is the TROT Liaison to the MHC Legislative Committee (

  Motion to adjourn by Dave Radcliffe; second by Chelsea Warner. Meeting adjourned 8:15 p.m.
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