February's meeting was held at Rotolo's in Metairie on Wednesday Feb. 8th. Attendees included: Eric, Donna, Jon, Mike T, Mike B, Joe, Ryan, Tim, Sarah, Adam, Ross, Daniel, Ricky, Bryan, Cody and Trudy.
First order of business up for discussion was to vote on whether we would have t-shirts or socks for the Spillway Scramble. After a show of hands for each, it was decided that T-shirts would be the apparel du jour.
Also up for discussion was the wall bridge deconstruction. The back wall of the bridge will be disassembled and the planks will be used for other projects in the future. There was lots of conversation regarding the use of the lumber and further details as they develop will be announced.
Josh (Treasurer) couldn't make the meeting but sent me his notes. As per Josh, we (NOMAMBO) have received a total of 6 new registered members since January. No club money has been spent since the last meeting. 501c3 paperwork is nearly complete and is expected to be submitted very soon.
Josh also suggested something that I think would be great. He suggested that we contact registrants, when they sign up, reminding/informing them of all of the benefits of being a member of NOMAMBO. Example, club discounts at local shops, meetings, races - LAXCS and TT's, website, facebook, getting to meet Eric, etc.
Ryan brought up the need for more signage around the trail. I'm sure most of you have heard of or seen the damage to the bulletin board at the trailhead. There was talk about repainting it. We also need to re-do the map of the trail, and as Ryan suggested - get signs posted for helmets being required, no horses, vehicles, etc. Ricky and Ryan are working on getting some signs made.
Another item discussed was the dirt jumps and the possible creation of a pump track. The dirt jumps will remain intact for now until a decision has been reached about their future. The pump track is under consideration and locations were suggested. We will keep you informed about when, and where the construction will begin.
What goes well with soggy trail? Well according to some of the members, a ROCK GARDEN. Well maybe not boulders per say, but something that will be able to handle water without holding water. Various ideas were tossed around about filling in a few of the lower sections with limestone, carpeting, rocks, etc. Some quick fixes for a couple of soggy spots that aren't too bad will be to toss carpeting face down, cover it with dirt and let it settle in. This has been done in several locations and you would never know it. Other locations that typically hold water due to our climate and ever-changing weather will require more substantial improvements which may require the other options open for debate. If you have any ideas please suggest them!
That sums up the various items discussed this month. Join us next month (March) for the food, drinks, fun and the cheerful banter that comprises our club meetings!
Until next time, see you on the trail!