Edited minutes from the meeting> MINUTES OF THE GANARASKA FOREST RECREATION USERS COMMITTEE NOVEMBER 2, 2006 UC 4/06 1. Welcome and Call to Order The acting Chair called the meeting to order at 7 p.m.. Members of the committee were welcomed. MEMBERS PRESENT: Brian Hedney, Paul Mooney, Marie Toon, Marianne McBride, Norm Jung, Rob Cox, Ulla Elliott, Bob Short, Susan Gambling ALSO PRESENT: Steve McMullen, Forest Recreation Technician 6. Business arising from Minutes (a) Enforcement update verbal report Staff reported that they were again experiencing problems with booking paid duty patrols with the O.P.P.. A patrol was scheduled to take place Saturday, September 16 but was cancelled by the police at the last minute due to the fact that one of the officers was called away on another assignment. The police were unable to provide officers for the requested dates in October. Staff have not had problems booking patrols with the O.P.P. until this year and are hopeful that things will improve for next year. One of the members asked if trespass notices were available for volunteer patrollers to use and staff replied that they were and that some patrollers had been issued booklets of notices. (b) Horse trailer parking area improvements verbal report Staff informed the members that the expanded horse trailer parking area was receiving some use and that there were plans to apply a gravel surface to the area after the removal of topsoil. (c) Update on skate skiing trail verbal report Staff informed the members that signs had been ordered for the new skate ski trail. Signage is required to provide directions and to ensure that skate skiers stay off the track set trails. The skate ski trail will be open for the upcoming ski season. (d) Forest roadwork verbal report Staff reported that the snowmobile club had contracted a bulldozer operator to do some fairly extensive roadwork in the West Forest during the month of September. Included in this work were repairs to Glanmorgan Road, which was severely rutted in the area just north of the Boundary Road intersection. 8. New Business (a) Maintenance work by off-road motorcycle clubs verbal report Staff reported that the Great Pine Trail Riders motorcycle club had resurfaced the marsh crossing located in the northeast section of the West Forest, with new gravel. They also levelled out the berm that had developed from ORV traffic in the Lookout Hill parking area. While at Lookout Hill they were able to recover a sign that prohibits motorized vehicles from the face of Lookout Hill and reinstalled it at the top of the hill. The GRCA wishes to thank the club for their efforts. (b) Volunteer patrol training verbal report Staff commented that four new volunteer patrollers had been trained this fall. Staff are planning on training some additional new recruits to the program next spring. (c) Review of 2006 special events verbal report Staff mentioned that the last special event in 2006 was held on October 29 and that overall special events held this year had run smoothly. Staff asked the members if they had any comments or concerns regarding any of the special events that had taken place. Paul Mooney commented that some of the directional arrows that were put up prior to an off-road motorcycle event held on October 15th, had been removed just before the event took place. He asked the members to remind their user groups to not remove any course markers, unless they have been given permission by GRCA staff. Other items One of the members inquired as to where plans for the new Forest Centre stood. Staff replied that fundraising efforts were continuing and that they had heard no plans of changing the projected start date of spring 2007. Ulla Elliott asked staff if indoor washrooms for recreational forest users would be part of the rebuild plan. Staff responded that the second phase of the Forest Centre plan included a trailhead centre that would provide a number of facilities for recreational users, including washrooms and change rooms. Staff further commented that they had recommended that the conservation authority include public washrooms in the first phase of construction, as recreational users considered indoor washrooms a priority item. In further discussions all of the members agreed that indoor washrooms should be made available to the public as soon as possible, resulting in the following recommendation to the Full Authority Board: UC 9/04 MOVED BY: Ulla Elliott SECONDED BY: Marianne McBride THAT the Ganaraska Forest Recreation Users Committee recommends to the Full Authority that indoor washroom facilities for recreational users be incorporated into the first phase of the new Forest Centre plan rather than being postponed until the construction of the proposed trailhead centre. CARRIED. Brian Hedney asked if larger signs indicating winter and early spring trail closures were still being considered. Staff replied that posting larger signs at major access points was an idea that was being considered. Staff informed the members that next years GFRUC meeting dates will take place on April 5, June 7, September 6, and November 1.