Wilmette Park District
Minutes of Regular Meeting of the
Board of Park Commissioners
Monday, March 9, 2015
7:30 p.m. – Village Hall Council Chamb
ers


Attendees Present

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

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

Attendees Absent

Commissioner Brault

I. Meeting  Called to Order

A. Roll call taken.

II. Approval of Minutes

A. Commissioner Abbott moved and Commissioner Wolfe seconded a motion to approve the minutes from the Regular Board Meeting of February 9, 2015; all voted yes, the motion carried.

Minutes approved as amended with the following changes: Commissioner Abbott stated to modify Page 4 of 8, VI, second bullet, add to the end of last sentence “…in the Langdon design.”

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

III. Communications and Correspondence

Commissioner Crowley stated that a number of emails have been received which were included in the packet and they will be part of the meeting minutes.

IV. Recognition of Visitors

Commissioner Crowley acknowledged the visitors and invited anyone who would like to come up and speak to the Board.

Mike Luxem (Glenview Resident), his mother-in-law lives at 2034 Chestnut, Wilmette. He stated that the Great Lakes Submerged Land Act of 1951 states that anyone can walk along the shoreline of Lake Michigan. He wanted the District to be aware of this federal law. He also suggested that the buoys used for no boats allowed by the swimming beaches are too far out. He would like to recommend that the District model the City of Chicago and where they place their no boats buoys. He addressed the high water mark and that people are allowed to walk on the beach. He feels in theory that if you put fences up along the beach people are allowed to egress that area by federal law.

Mark Weyermuller, 208 Lawndale, Wilmette. He commented that he will be voting no on the two referenda questions on April 7th. He stated that the $14.5 million tax increase referenda’s will probably cost $14.5 million. He stated there are improvements that need to be done but he commented to step back and see if we can do it a better way and maybe for less money; possibly money that is already there.

Commissioner Crowley thanked visitors for their comments.

V. Approval of Voucher List

Commissioner Olvany moved and Commissioner Benz seconded a motion to approve the Voucher List in the amount of $1,481,024.26, 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, Crowley, Olvany, Abbott, Shelly and Wolfe; voting No: None. Absent: Brault; motion carried.

VI. Executive Director’s Report

Director Wilson reported on the following topics:

  • The Lakefront Master Plan update referred to in the Director’s Report will be addressed later in the meeting during the Committee reports.
  • The Northern Suburban Special Recreation (NSSRA) Banquet for the 2015 Shining Stars reception will be held on April 24th. This is a wonderful event. If anyone is interested in attending please contact Director Wilson and he will make arrangements.
  • There are two bids under the Parks and Recreation Committee report. One for bicycles for participants in the Camp Fusion summer camp program and the second for fitness equipment at the Community Recreation Center in Fitness.
  • Under the New Business section there is an ordinance to dispose of surplus property that is up for approval. Commissioner Crowley stated that this is something that is routinely done.

Commissioner Olvany commented on the positive feedback he has received regarding the cross country skiing at the Golf Course. He stated that Director Wilson made this happen and it has been a tremendous asset to the community. He stated it really behooves us to have such a great person as Director Wilson leading the Park District.

VII. Committee Reports

A. Lakefront Committee:

Commissioner Abbott reported on the following topics:

  • The discussions are ongoing in regards to tweaking the designs to accommodate as many trees as possible. The prior discussion regarding the realignment of the roadway, sidewalks and utilities at Wallace Bowl has been determined that it would impact too many trees. Therefore the roadway will not be realigned.
  • The designs continue to be tweaked. There will be a design presentation at the next Lakefront Committee Meeting on March 16th. This will be a first draft pass of the estimates by the construction manager.

B. Facilities Operations Committee:

Commissioner Shelly reported on the following topics:

  • The Committee met tonight.
  • Tennis: The brochure will be sent out next week with information on the lottery. Members are currently at 699 compared to 626 last year. There are 114 brand new members. The pro shop will be having a sale through March.
  • Pool: The interviewing process is underway and busy. There will be two new diving boards; a 1 meter and 3 meter that will replace the existing diving boards at the pool.  The Dive In Movie dates are scheduled for June 26th and July 18th. The Evanston Masters will possibly have a swim meet at Centennial on August 9th.
  • Ice: Memberships are up this year with the Winter Learn to Skate sessions. There are 818 participants in the program compared to 794 last year. The ice show tickets will go on sale in April. Go Green Wilmette will be hosting another ice rink liner recycling program on April 12th at Centennial. There have been some customer service concerns about Krave concessions at Centennial.  The Committee is working with Staff and addressing these concerns.
  • Paddle: Ania Kazakevich who is the Wilmette Park District paddle pro competed in Nationals over the weekend with amazing results and making it to the quarter finals, but lost in a really tough finish. Commissioner Shelly congratulated Ania and is proud to say she is the paddle pro at Wilmette Tennis.

C. Parks & Recreation Committee:

Commissioner Wolfe reported on the following topics:

  • The Committee met on February 16th.
  • Interviews are currently underway for summer camp counselors.
  • Counselor training will be held on June 12th.
  • Camp registration is currently in progress. There are currently 2,025 kids registered for camps which are up from 250 campers at this time last year.
  • Screen Break session was held last week from March 2nd through March 9th.
  • The Daddy/Daughter Dance which was held at Michigan Shores was a great success and a sold out event. 
  • A basketball free clinic was held on Presidents Day with 180 kids having fun.
  • A first Fine Arts Day will be held on Saturday, March 14th at the Community Recreation Center. This event will include many fun activities where kids can try out different classes.
  • In Fitness, the Lose to Win program is finishing up with many pounds shed and lots of winners.
  • In Gymnastics currently there are 1,946 participants registered for classes which is up from last year. A new class time has been added from 6-7 p.m. which helped contributed to the total number of participants. The reconfiguration for Gymnastics is going to be June or August depending on the schedules for classes and camps.

? There are two bids up for approval:

i. Commissioner Wolfe moved and Commissioner Shelly seconded a motion to approve the bid from T.L. Fritz, Northbrook, IL in the amount of $325.00 per bike, for approximately 100 bikes for Camp Fusion.

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

ii. Commissioner Wolfe moved and Commissioner Benz seconded a motion to approve the bid from Direct Fitness Solutions, in the amount of $57,604.75 for strength training and free weight equipment for Fitness.

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

D. Golf Operations Committee:

Commissioner Crowley reported on the following topics:

  • The Committee did not meet last month.
  • Cross country skiing at the golf course has been a big success with many participating and having fun.
  • The reserved lottery time event at the golf course will be held tomorrow night, March 10th starting at 6:00 p.m. with the lottery being held at 7:00 p.m.

E. Financial Planning & Policy Committee:

Commissioner Olvany reported on the following topics:

  • The Committee met on February 23rd.
  • The Committee had discussed potential financing options for the Lakefront Master Plan which will be discussed further after the outcome of the pending referenda’s.
  • The Committee discussed the District’s disaster recovery policy shortly following the devastating fire at the Wilmette Women’s Club. Everyone should have received a copy of the plan.
  • The audit process went extremely smooth. The District should be expecting audited financials soon.

VIII. Unfinished Business

None

IX. New Business

A. Surplus Ordinance 2015-O-3
Commissioner Benz moved and Commissioner Wolfe seconded a motion to approve Ordinance 2014-O-3, AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING AND PROVIDING FOR THE DISPOSAL OF SURPLUS PROPERTY OF THE WILMETTE PARK DISTRICT, COOK COUNTY, IL.

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

B. Commissioner Crowley with heartfelt words announced the passing of Steve Cole a Village Employee and a great guy who will be greatly missed. Best wishes go out to his family during this difficult time.

X. Adjournment

There being no further business to conduct, the meeting was adjourned at 7:50 p.m.