Wilmette Park District
Minutes of Regular Meeting of the
Board of Park Commissioners
Monday, January 12, 2015
7:30 p.m. – Village Hall Council Chambers

Attendees Present

Commissioners: President James Crowley, John Olvany, Gary Benz, James Brault, Shelley Shelly, Bryan Abbott and Amy Wolfe

Secretary/Executive Director Stephen Wilson
Superintendents: Jeff Bowen, Ken Eppelheimer, Kathy Bingham, Bill Lambrecht
Staff: Shelagh Donoghue, Cindy Felicicchia

Attendees Absent

None

I. Public Meeting Called to Order

A. President Crowley announced the public hearing was open for comments on the Combined Annual Budget and Appropriation of Funds for the Wilmette Park District, Cook County, Illinois, for the fiscal year beginning on the 1st day of January, 2015 and ending on the 31st day of December, 2015. President Crowley stated that all persons desiring to be heard will now have the opportunity to present oral or written testimony with respect to the 2015 Proposed Budget and Appropriations Ordinance. Hearing none, the public hearing regarding the Combined Annual Budget and Appropriations of Funds for the Wilmette Park District was declared closed.

II. Meeting  Called to Order

President Crowley then called the regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Park Commissioners to order.

A. Roll call taken.

III. Approval of Minutes

A. Commissioner Shelly moved to approve the minutes from the Regular Board Meeting of December 8, 2014 and Commissioner Benz seconded; all voted yes, the motion carried.

By a roll call vote, voting Yes: Commissioners: Benz, Brault, Crowley, Olvany, Abbott, Shelly and Wolfe; voting No: None. Absent: None; motion carried.

B. Commissioner Wolfe moved to approve the minutes from the Committee-of-the-Whole Meeting of December 10, 2014 and Commissioner Shelly seconded; all voted yes, motion carried.

By a roll call vote, voting Yes: Commissioners: Benz, Brault, Crowley, Olvany, Abbott, Shelly and Wolfe; voting No: None. Absent: None; motion carried.

IV. Communications and Correspondence

Commissioner Crowley commented on the number of emails that came to him regarding Langdon Park which he will pass on to the Lakefront Committee.

Commissioner Benz acknowledged an email he received from a Wilmette resident commenting on the design work at Gillson Park. He stated she had addressing some thoughtful considerations which he will pass on to the Lakefront Committee.

V. Recognition of Visitors

Commissioner Crowley acknowledged the visitors and asked anyone if they would like to speak. (See attached list of visitors).

Karen Glennemeier, 719 Laurel Avenue, Wilmette – indicated she was on the original Lakefront Commission Committee and she participated as a facilitator. She stated that the Park District has done a fine job of trying to reconcile diverse interests of all its residents and has come up with a plan that incorporates public feedback that she heard during those meetings. She appreciates the genuine and good faith effort the Park District Board and Staff have put into this very difficult task. 

John Powers, 500 Maple, Wilmette – talked about the discussions on $100,000 or so that has been allocated for consulting fees for the Lakefront Master Plan. He asked if this was an item that would come up for discussion tonight. Commissioner Abbott stated that the Board is not voting on any consulting fees tonight but there are fees that are anticipated that the Board has voted on and has approved. Mr. Powers asked if that money will be spent if the referendum does not pass. Director Wilson stated that in November the Board approved two different consulting contracts. One was for architecture and one was for civil engineering and landscape design. The estimate cost expenditures to achieve a 2015 construction schedule prior to the April 7th election is approximately $730,000. Commissioner Abbott stated that we will keep the designs and move forward however we move forward if the referendum does not pass. Mr. Powers commented that it would be well advised to delay spending that money until you know the outcome of the referendum.

VI. Approval of Voucher List

Commissioner Olvany moved and Commissioner Brault seconded a motion to approve the Voucher List in the amount of $1,402,718.92, a copy of which is to be attached to and become a permanent part of the minutes of this meeting.

By a roll call vote, voting Yes: Commissioners: Benz, Brault, Crowley, Olvany, Abbott, Shelly and Wolfe; voting No: None. Absent: None; motion carried.

VII. Executive Director’s Report

Director Wilson reported on the following topics:

  • On the agenda there are three items. One is the Budget and Appropriations Ordinance and two resolutions for placing two referenda questions on the April 7th ballot. These will be discussed under New Business.
  • Summary camps are being worked on and the guide should be in homes in the very near future. An open house where parents and campers are able to learn about the different camp options will take place on January 20th at the Community Recreation Center from 6 to 8 p.m. Registration begins the following week at 9 a.m. on January 27th.

VIII. Committee Reports

A. Lakefront Committee:

Commissioner Abbott reported on the following topics:

  • The Committee did not meet last month. The Committee plans on meeting in January sometime.

B. Facilities Operations Committee:

Commissioner Shelly reported on the following topics:

  • Committee met tonight.
  • At tennis, the spring session registrations start this Saturday. This is the biggest lottery with over 560 participants.
  • At pool, the interviewing process has started for the 2015 pool season. Joey Sanchez has been hired as the new Assistant Manager for Pool and Ice.
  • At ice, the District is finalizing a deal to host the Chicago Blackhawks summer hockey camp, August 10th through August 14th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Individuals can sign up directly through the Chicago Blackhawks.  Centennial will be hosting the Northern Illinois Hockey League (NIHL) playoffs in February.
  • At paddle, a Junior Paddle & Pizza is scheduled on January 16th from 5-6:30 pm. The next paddle mixer event is scheduled to be on January 23rd from 7-10:30 p.m.

C. Parks & Recreation Committee:

Commissioner Wolfe reported on the following topics:

  • The Committee did not meet last month.

D. Golf Operations Committee:

Commissioner Crowley reported on the following topics:

  • The Committee met on Saturday, January 10th.
  • Residents wanted the Committee to look at tweaking the greens on the 17th hole.
  • A request was made to get updated technology on the TVs for presentations, meetings and viewing.

E. Financial Planning & Policy Committee:

Commissioner Olvany reported on the following topics:

  • The Committee did not meet in December. 

IX. Unfinished Business

None

X. New Business

A. Ordinance 2015-O-1 (Budget & Appropriations)
Commissioner Crowley moved to approve AN ORDINANCE MAKING A OMBINED ANNUAL BUDGET AND APPROPRIATION OF FUNDS FOR THE WILMETTE PARK DISTRICT FOR THE FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2015 AND ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2015, seconded by Commissioner Olvany.

By a roll call vote, voting Yes: Commissioners: Benz, Brault, Crowley, Olvany, Abbott, Shelly and Wolfe; voting No: None. Absent: None; motion carried.

B. Commission Abbott moved to approve Resolution 2015-R-1, A RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR AND REQUIRING THE SUBMISSION OF THE PROPOSITION TO ISSUE GENERAL OBLIGATION PARK BONDS IN THE AMOUNT OF $12,700,000 TO THE VOTERS OF THE WILMETTE PARK DISTRICT, COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS, AT THE CONSOLIDATED ELECTION TO BE HELD ON THE 7TH DAY OF APRIL, 2015, FOR THE PURPOSES OF CONSTRUCTING, EQUIPPING AND MAINTAINING INFRASTRUCTURE AND FACILITIES IN GILLSON PARK, seconded by Commissioner Olvany.

By a roll call vote, voting Yes: Commissioners: Benz, Brault, Crowley, Olvany, Abbott, Shelly and Wolfe; voting No: None. Absent: None; motion carried.

C. Commissioner Benz moved to approve Resolution 2015-R-2, A RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR AND REQUIRING THE SUBMISSION OF THE PROPOSITION TO ISSUE GENERAL OBLIGATION PARK BONDS IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,800,000 TO THE VOTERS OF THE WILMETTE PARK DISTRICT, COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS, AT THE CONSOLIDATED ELECTION TO BE HELD ON THE 7TH DAY OF APRIL, 2015, FOR THE PURPOSES OF CONSTRUCTING, EQUIPPING AND MAINTAINING INFRASTRUCTURE AND FACILITIES IN LANGDON PARK, seconded by Commissioner Brault.

By a roll call vote, voting Yes: Commissioners: Benz, Brault, Crowley, Olvany, Abbott, Shelly and Wolfe; voting No: None. Absent: None; motion carried.

Commissioner Olvany stated that since November there has been a tremendous amount of public input about the plan. He commented on the conversations and discussions he has had within the community. He stated that the Board has done its best to listen to the community on what is needed at the Lakefront. Now is the time to give the voters in the public the opportunity to make this determination.  Commissioner Brault stated he could not agree more; the necessary due diligence has been done. Commissioner Abbott stated that historically the District has asked the voters through referendums like these. He stated the District is here to make sure that it represents the needs and desires of the public itself. He supports letting the people decide on the future.

XI. Adjournment

There being no further business to conduct, the meeting was adjourned at
7:51 p.m.