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Friends Of Yamhelas Westsider Trail (FYWT)2018 Annual Meeting Summary

7pm, Jan. 10, 2018 Carlton Legion Hall

Yamhill County Commissioner Stan Primozich opened the meeting with an update on the project. The county acquired the twelve miles of Yamhelas Westsider Trail right-of-way (ROW) located in Yamhill County in early December. This is from Gun Club Road north to the northern Yamhill County border. He is now working with his counterparts in Washington County so that they can acquire the remaining 5 miles of ROW located in that County, which would be from the County line north to the Hagg Lake turnoff. The next steps include both developing a master plan for the trail, and also beginning implementation of the grant that will be used to design 3 bridges across streams found along the ROW, and the construct one bridge.

After the Commissioner's presentation, FYWT Board President Wayne Wiebke opened the business meeting. The Board announced a number of proposed changes to its bylaws and governing policies. Among the most significant items are a change in the mission of the FYWT from trail acquisition to focus on fund raising, trail advocacy, and later trail maintenance in cooperation with Yamhill County. Along with this change, the FYWT Committee structure will also be changed. The Marketing Committee will become the Communications Committee, still chaired by Linda Cline. In addition, a Volunteer Committee will be formed, headed by new FYWT Board member, Jack Schwab. These changes were presented to the FYWT voting Members and public present, and were approved. In addition, the membership dues from 2017 were proposed and approved to be continued in 2018 without changes. Finally, a 2018 budget was approved by the Members present.

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