Summary Notes from FOBC Steering Committee Meeting, Sept. 5, 2007
at the CCPL Brooklyn Branch Library
BIG CREEK WATERSHED MANAGEMENT PLANNING / CMAG
Congratulations from Jim White on both grants received. Discussion of
achieiving “buy in” from all stakeholders and the number
of participants recommended: 30 in all, 10 from each city. Plan will
proceed with receipt of notice from Dtate. County Planning Commission
has a lot of the data.
FINANCE: FINANCIAL PROCEDURES, FUND RAISING EVENTS, NEIGHBORHOOD CONNECTIONS
Discussion of possibilities for fundraising: an event such as bowling
at Brown’s Lanes; online shopping with iGive; restaurant dining
days. Discussed need to track costs, even non-reimbursed fund, so budgets
can be prepared. Discussion of starting a petty cash (slush) fund for
smaller reimbursables. Plan for Finance Committee meeting in October.
Plan for Neighborhood Connections grant.
TRAIL ALIGNMENT STUDY / TLCI
Grant award ceremony at NOACA. Thanks given to Jim Kastelic and Jim
White. Grant is $60K plus $15K match ( 500 from FOBC, 6,000 from Cleveland
Metroparks, 4,500 from Brooklyn, 2,000 from Cleveland and 2,000 from
Request for proposals issued.
Brooklyn and committee review proposals and narrow down.
Presentation by finalists.
Brooklyn selects Consultant.
Brooklyn appoints technical review committee
Consultant responsibilities - Data collection, land use, demographics,
topography, easements for utilities. Develop mapping database. Use multi-layer
mapping database, GIS overlay.
Develop preliminary alignments: Brookpark Road to Memphis Picnic Area,
then to Brookside Reservation.
Public meeting - present preliminary series of drawings.
Stakeholders meeting - business, Cascade Crossing, city administrative
representatives and Councils.
Consultants identify potential connectors - Downtown city center, connection
to Oxbow, trailheads.
Develop final set of drawings.
Second public meeting with formal presentation.
Any further comments go into final report.
Consultant develops cost estimates for implementation of plan
Potential funding sources identified.
Brooklyn prepares monthly reports and approximately every three months
submits an invoice to NOACA.
18 months estimated total time (West Creek TLCI was 12 months).
ATTENDENCE / SUPPORT FOR TRAIL
Discussion of difficulty getting attendance at public meetings, the
necessity of getting stakeholder involvement and the need for education,
e.g., safety issues in regard to trails.
Possible: Plain Dealer, Key Bank, American Greeting, Cascade, Walmart;
Parma Councilwoman Mary Galinas because of crossing at Brookpark Road;
CEI and ODOT.
Discussion of power line arrangements: Virginia Electric and Power
(VEPCO) agreement for asphalt hiking trail and equestrian trail to follow
their 50 Kw lines in return for the maintenance of the trail and neighboring
trees/shrubs; CEI agreement in West Creek for section of trail along
right of way, at edge, against residents’ property lines with
REVIEW OF NEWSLETTER DRAFT, BROCHURE
Review of format, production and mailing costs for 4-page newsletter.
REVIEW OF BYLAWS DRAFT / VISION & MISSION STATEMENTS
Approved mission statement: To conserve, enhance, and bring recognition
to the natural and historic resources of the Big Creek Watershed and
develop a recreational trail network that joins these resources to each
other and the community.
WATER MONITORING PROGRAM
There are seven locations; tested four times through Sept. 1 in 2007;
takes 2.5 to 3.5 hours. Testing pH, temperature, conductivity, water
It was reported that a cleanup has been suggested for the West 117th//I-71/Bellaire
area. Noted that a resident of Highland Road recently emailed us for
advice on cleaning up the debris left from summer storm events. That
is a steep and largely inaccessible area. FOBC will plan to walk from
Memphis Big Creek Reservation upstream along the West branch.
CMNH SPECIES IDENTIFICATION PROGRAM – OXBOW AREA
The Conservation Outreach program at the Cleveland Museum of Natural
History is conducting an environmental assessment of the Oxbow area
under the direction of Conservation Specialist Judy Semroc. M.E. and
Regis joined Judy and Larry Rosche for a second visit to the Oxbow.
The team was excited to find a Mocha Emerald dragonfly so far west in
A. Past Events
1. Riverday – Big Creek Confluence Hike, May 19
2. SWCD Big Creek / Stickney Branch Clean-up – June 9
3. Watershed Partners Picnic – June 20
4. Brooklyn Oxbow Hike – August 5
B. Planned Events
1. Lower Big Creek Hike – Sept. 9, 1:00PM
2. General Meeting – need program
C. Other Items
1. Environmental Award
FOBC nominated for Biodiversity Northeast Environmental Award nominating
FOBC. “They applaud our efforts to enhance our quality of life
in Northeast Ohio and encourage us resubmit our nomination next year.”
2. Brookside Park Cleanup
Cleanup was after flood last Wednesday. 25 participants. 1400 pounds
of scrap metal recycled. Around 35 tires. Found raw sewage pouring into
river behind rainforest from pipe under parking lot.
3. Phragmites Pull September 22nd 9 AM to Noon at Brookside Reservation.
Greg’s “must reads”:
From Chicago Wilderness Magazine
Web Site: http://chicagowildernessmag.org/issues/summer2005/comed.html
“We want to promote the wild lupine growing on our right-of-way,
which is the host plant for the Karner blue. J. F. New has managed burns
on our property and is monitoring the butterfly populations,”
Kortum added. In addition, a rare plant — Scirpus expansus —
found nowhere else in Indiana, survives on a NiSource right-of-way on
the south side of the National Lakeshore and Indiana Dunes State Park.
Other rare plants found there are small forget-me-not, joint rush, marsh
club moss, northern winged sedge, and follicle sedge.
Nicor, a natural gas transmission company, owns 80 miles of rights-of-way
in the region and has begun a demonstration project at its facility
in Naperville to enhance a wetland area, stabilizing streambanks and
revegetating with native plants. Nicor has collaborated with a number
of area park districts and forest preserves to develop bike trails and
paths along its rights-of-way too.
From Texas Department of Transportation
Chapter 2 — Uses of Right of Way (Long Term) Section 3 —
Multiple Use Agreements
Use of Right-of-Way by Others 2-5 TxDOT 10/2003
The department may enter into an agreement with a political subdivision
or federal agency to use portions of the highway right of way for public
facilities other than highway purposes. Public facilities may include
such things as parking areas, parks, recreational areas, hike and bike
trails, boat ramps, law enforcement functions, etc. The authority to
execute a Multiple
Use Agreement is contained in Minute Order No. 65169. A Multiple Use
Agreement (Form 2044) must be executed for each multiple use facility
for a recent court debate on Virginia Electric & Power proposal
to build new lines between two substations and ASKING for a right of
way of the park system.
See web sites related to Illinois & Texas, Utility & State policies
on right of ways.