The Course is in !
SOME RULES OF ETIQUETTE:
It will be up to all of us to self-police people using the course, whether they are members, certified drivers, etc. In addition, we all need to respect the "neighborhood." The riparian owners that signed on to support us ask that no one use the course before 7:00 am. I think that is reasonable. Also respect the house on the north end of the course. Things are very tight there. I'm suggesting no power turns on the north end, just stop, maybe a good place to switch skiers. Start on the north end, do a power turn on the south end and then stop on the north end. Or, ski out on the north end and continue to free ski. Thank you for your cooperation. I would like to see this club and the slalom course be around for a long time.
As a Club we have joined USA Water Ski. This was the only way we could get the insurance required by the Town.
That included the insurance necessary for us as Club Members to use the course (sanctioned time). We also had to buy an additional Club Insurance policy that insures the course when we are not out there.
The DNR permit required us getting two hazard buoys to mark the course. Those are ordered.
And then all the pieces and parts to get the a fixed course in the water.
Here's the cost breakdown:
$200.00 - Club membership for USA Water Ski (annual)
$343.00 - Additional Club Insurance (annual - prorated) next year $686.00
$260.00 - Two Hazard Buoys from Walsh Marine (ordered)
$135.00 - Buoy anchors and course hardware
$938.00 - Total
$56.00 per person using a head count of 17.
If you would like to contribute more, that would be great, as we still need to have a little riparian owner appreciation party, buy more buoys, sub buoys and additional hardware. There will always be ongoing maintenance as well.
So, I believe anyone who wants to ski the course should share in the cost. There are about 19 people on the text list so far, but obviously many others that will want to drive and ski. So share this with whomever you believe wants to ski the course and have them join The Waterford Ski Club and USA Water Ski.
6/8/2020 - Permit Review, Town Hall at 5:30pm, also a Zoom option. (MEETING ID: 791 5562 6882 PASSWORD: 015583)
11/4 - Received letter of complaint from Patti Bacun, one of the riparian owners.
10/4 - Sent $25 Doc's Gift Cards to riparian owners (9) as a thank you. Requesting $15 per member to cover.
8/27 - WWMD sprayed the course area again for weeds.
8/25 - Fixed course installed.
8/24 - Almost bought a used portable course but learned we are not deep enough, fixed only for us.
8/16 - I received my Trained Driver Rating, allowing me to test others.
8/14 - Town attorney approved and accepted insurance certificates.
8/6 - Second Insurance certificate received, sent to Town for approval.
8/5 - First of two Insurance certificates received, sent to Town for approval.
8/2 - Submitted "Waterford Ski Club" to USA Water Ski to become an affiliate.
7/25 - Received DNR approval via snail mail.
7/15 - Still waiting on DNR approval.
7/9 - Slalom Course application submitted to Jason Roberts at the DNR.
7/8 - Slalom Course approved by Town Board with restrictions.
7/8 - Agenda slot confirmed for the Town Board meeting tonight. Meeting starts at 5:30pm.
6/21 - July 8th Agenda request was sent to the Town Deputy Clerk
6/19 - Course proposal Three created.
6/16 - I received an email from Steve Larry indicating his support of the course and that a number of WWMD members are in support as well.
6/15 - Sergeant Nelson expressed concern with northbound traffic entering course while in use.
I'm submitting the "club" to USA Water Ski today to become an affiliate. This is necessary to get the insurance coverage the Town requires. There is a club membership fee which I expect to be shared by all who want to ski the course. I'll know the exact number once I submit the app.
USA Water Ski has requirements for those skiing the course and for those driving the course. If it's determined that we have not met those requirements or have violated those requirements, we then lose our affiliate status, which means we lose our insurance, which means we lose our permit.
I am very adamant about us following the rules because I do not want to lose our permit after all the work I've put into this. So all of us will need to do some self-policing to keep us in good graces with the USA Water Ski and the Town of Waterford. And keep in mind, our permit from the Town is probationary. We get reviewed July 8, 2020. If people bitched about us or if we have any other issues, we may not get renewed.
The Town did approve our permit with the contingency of us having liability insurance and naming them and WWMD. Initial research was a bit discouraging as getting coverage seemed bleak. But after talking to USA Water Ski, it's possible, although there is a lot to do. Here are the steps:
Recreation Warden – Bureau of Law Enforcement
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
141 NW Barstow Street Room 180
Waukesha, WI 53188
Phone: (262) 574-2169
Cell: (262) 903-9399
Sergeant Adam Nelson
Town of Waterford Police Department
Al Sikora - 414-916-3726 - driver
Alicia Malak - 262-895-6329 - inactive
Andy Krumai - 414-217-6094
Brett Matschke - 414-840-9064
Chip Tessmer - 262-347-5905
Chuck Schuyler - 414-588-5668
Chris Tessmer - 414-719-2062
Craig Planton - 262-510-7499 - driver
Dan McCormick - 262-391-1554
Gary Bluemel - 262-825-7601 - driver
Herb Lichtenberg - 414-467-8572 - driver
Matt Luchini - 414-324-1114
Mark Boncher - 616-460-5937
Mark Gondor - 480-236-1700
Michelle Lichtenberg - 414-839-1464
Sandy Soder - 262-492-0058
Shelley Tessmer - 262-352-8676
Terry Rowslawski - 414-331-0200 - driver
Tony Cianciolo - 414-702-2743