NMMBA Board of Directors Meeting
Date and location: Wednesday, August 21st, Kim White’s house
Board Present: Chad Jordan, Tim Reicha III, Tom White, Kim White, Tim Jenema, John Roe and Steve Mentzer
Board absent: Mike Walters, Coti Sprattmoran and Michele Andrews
Guests: Kasey Mahoney
Meeting called to order by Chad at 6:50 p.m.
Kim passed around the financials for all to review.
The profit & loss picture for July was much clearer due to money for TCTF coming in sooner. TCTF cleared around $15 - $18K.
NMMBA checking account stood at $79,680.43.
Bear Claw Epic (BCE) account was at $30,485.97. Due in part to a grant amount recently deposited.
John announced the groomer’s party had been set for Sunday, September 22nd. It was planned to include all groomers.
Ride at Glacial Hills then food and drink to follow at Short’s.
Roundtable discussion among the groomers would also be on tap.
Budget was discussed.
John made a motion to allocate $500.00 for the party. Kim 2nd the motion.
Guest Kasey Mahoney, District supervisor for the Department of Natural Resources(DNR) spoke on recent updates to the state’s position on e-bikes.
The DNR is currently exploring placing carsonite decals/stickers at designated spots to alert the public of restrictions on e-bike use. Decals would include a QR code which would take people to the DNR website. There they would find a one page document explaining the current rules and regulations
Also the DNR proposed hangtags be attached to the local bike shops e-bike inventories. These would also contain the same QR code as well.
How would this proposal be received by the shops? If presented by the DNR, this proposal would carry a great deal of weight.
Discussion was about current public awareness of when they are allowed and where they are allowed.
Feds see them as motorized which immediately makes them not allowed on federal lands.
Americans with Disabilities Act(ADA). State allows the use of e-bikes but puts a limit of “walking speed” as far as how fast they can move.
Non-Motorized Advisory Workgroup(NAWG)
Link to their website:https://michigantrails.org/resources/non-motorized-advisory-workgroup/
This groups will explore these and other related issues at their next meeting in November.
Look for enforcement to increase as the rules become more defined.
Other discussion was centered around whether wider trails would be able to accommodate multiple users. Nothing formalized.
A date was suggested for TCTF for 2020. Looking not to conflict with other events.
Motion by Chad and a 2nd by John to set the date for TCTF 2020 on July, 18th, 2020. Unanimous vote.
450 registrations is the target number. Food and beverages worked out well and should be repeated. And because of the amount of smoothie ingredients that remain, they will be back as well.
Acme Bike Park:
The name Acme Bike Park is being accepted as the name of the trail. Gives Acme some ownership.
Trail builders, including Flo-track are submitting bids to construct the trail system. Some materials have been purchased from Elmer’s.
The work bees have been attracting some good numbers of volunteer labor. All this despite some conflicts with other events.
Tim J. mentioned that a Grand Opening is being set for sometime within the next month.
John made a motion to have Chad sign a Memorandum of Understanding(MOU) for Acme Bike Park with TART.
Tim Reicha III 2nd the motion. Unanimous vote.
Fat Bike: John needs an MOU to sell badges through TART again this year.
Merchandise: Inventory is getting low on items. Talk of expanding the line to include bike kits or at least jerseys with the NMMBA logo. Maybe some new colors to create a new buzz?
There was discussion as to what advantages linking sales with Amazon Smile would mean. A percentage of each sale would go to NMMBA.
This needed to be explored further.
Status of the Single Track Love Machine. Still awaiting delivery but only because the manufacturers were not happy with some aspects of the machines performance. They are rebuilding the drum.
Pavilion will be a go next year. But there was talk of getting some digital prints with a possible redesign. Talk of donations, grants, etc to fund the project.
Also discussed was a parking plan the DNR had. Could expand the lot to accommodate an additional 40+ vehicles.
Also proposed was an update to the present kiosk.
Lastly with the Fiesta Cantina a big hit there was talk of an end of the year party. No solid dates as of yet but do want to couple the party with a ride.
Meeting adjourned at 9:06 p.m.
Steve Mentzer, secretary