With regret we must inform you…

NO HERBSTER SMELT FRY

In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, Wisconsin’s Governor Evers has issued Executive Order #72 in effect until May 10, 2020. The emergency order prevents mass gatherings such as our Herbster Community Club Smelt Fry. This is disappointing news for us all yet we understand the importance of such measures. Since there is no way to be certain that the matter will be settled by May 10, it is impractical to postpone the event to a later date. So let’s all take care and resolve to double our enthusiasm for next year’s Smelt Fry.

We thank everyone who has participated in our event in the past and look forward to seeing you again next year.

The Herbster Community Club Welcomes You

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The Herbster Community Club has a long tradition of involvement in local public works projects, such as, donating the new pavilion at the playground and helping the Town of Clover government to restore and maintain the Herbster Log Gym. Another town property in need of attention is the Town of Clover Park Pavilion by the campground which was funded and constructed by community minded people. The years have not been kind to that structure and repairs are needed to save it for future use. There is a great deal of local interest in keeping this piece of Herbster heritage.  Recently the Town of Clover Board asked if our club would act as the project coordinator to make repairs and appearance upgrades to the Clover Town Park Pavilion, and the club members voted to do so. The first thing to be done is to construct a new stable monolithic concrete foundation to which the old structure can be anchored and then as time and money permits appearance upgrades can be made, such as, stonework facades at the bases of the posts as depicted in the sketch. Total estimated cost of the project is $8059.69, most of which is for materials. Most of the work will be done by volunteers as was the case at the time of the original construction. This year there is a new designation category on the membership renewal form for those of you wishing to donate to this cause.

I’m happy to report that the rechinking of the Herbster Log Gym has been completed. What remains to be done in the immediate future is the proposed washing of the exterior followed by an application of stain to help preserve the integrity and appearance of the logs. As in the past the Herbster Community Club continues to support scholarships, funeral lunches, beautification, and charitable community giving. Members can be proud of the good they do through their donations of time and money.

Wishing you the best New Year,

Dale Fuller, President, Herbster Community Club

Town of Clover Park Pavilion

The existing slab cannot be used to support the pavilion. The concrete at the perimeter where the posts would sit is as little as 3 inches thick which would not provide adequate anchorage. If you removed the existing concrete piers and reset the posts, they would sit over a hole in the concrete and any attempt to drill anchor bolt holes would likely fracture the concrete in that area. The practical solution, if we want to keep the pavilion as a traditional pavilion, is to construct a new monolithic slab foundation.

If concrete is to be placed in the spring of 2020 the picnic tables should be stored outside this winter so that work can commence at a time when the road crew might be too busy to move the tables out of the way. The 2X10 facia planks will be removed prior to moving the structure. The electric service will be disconnected to avoid damage when the pavilion is slightly lifted and suspended. The existing concrete including the piers will be taken out as well as enough substandard base in order to have a one foot base of well drained sand to prevent future heaving by frost. Forms will be built one half of a foot larger in each direction compared to the existing slab in order to have more sound concrete for anchorage as well as to accommodate the post stonework façade. The concrete will be 4 inches deep and thickened on the edges. Half inch rebar will be placed two feet on center. Control joints will be cut in the concrete as recommended by concrete  engineers. The new slab will stand one week before lowering the pavilion and anchoring it with L braces.