WILMETTE PARK DISTRICT
Lakefront Committee Meeting Minutes
Monday, October 20, 2015
12:00 p.m. – Village Hall Training Room
Commissioners/Committee: Chair, Shelley Shelly, Bryan Abbott, Stephanie Foster
Staff: Kathy Bingham, Bill Lambrecht
Staff: Steve Wilson, Cindy Felicicchia
Commissioner: Ryrie Pellaton
Margaret Heaton, Go Green Wilmette
Tom Scanlan, Save Wilmette Lakefront
Joe DiCamillo, Wilmette Lakefront Friends
Jeff Andreasen, aQity Research & Insights, Inc.
I. Meeting Called to Order
Meeting called to order at 12:05 p.m.
II. Community Wide Survey Discussion led by Jeff Andreasen from aQity Research & Insights, Inc.
Commissioner Shelly acknowledged the attendees of the meeting and asked everyone to introduce themselves to the Committee. Commissioner Shelly asked Jeff Andreasen to lead the meeting. Mr. Andreasen commented on the community wide survey and that everyone in the community will have a chance to respond with their opinion. There will be many options offered to be able to submit a survey. Each household will have a random ID number so that multiple surveys are not submitted. If there is differing of opinions within the household they will be able to contact aQity and get a survey for themselves. This is a way to monitor surveys that are being submitted.
Mr. Andreasen stated that this kick off meeting is to find the types of information the committee would like answers to when the survey is completed. The questions will be a combination of open and closed ended questions, yes/no and multiple choice. Such as, how they use the park, how often, what they do in the park, what is their assessment of the park and facilities currently, what improvements they would like to see, did they vote in last referendum, how voted and why, and demographic questions. Mr. Andreasen highlighted on types of demographic questions that will be on the survey. The survey introduction will be as neutral and objective as possible.
Commissioner Shelly acknowledged the guests and gave them an opportunity to give their opinion on survey questions they would like to see answered. Tom Scanlan commented that the survey should begin with an acknowledgment by the Wilmette Park District that it lost the referendum and wanted help in deciding what to do next. He also stated many residents have told him they won't answer the survey because they considered their April vote all they needed to say. Mr. Andreasen commented that the survey should not be used as a reason for the referendum. Commissioner Foster stated she has heard comments along those lines and she lets them know that it is disappointing that you wouldn’t give feedback. She stated that the improvements in the parks are going to happen.
Mr. Andreasen asked Mr. Scanlan what 5 things he would want to know from the answered surveys. He commented on some issues he has heard, such as, too many nonresidents, scaling back the proposed beach house…too expensive, overall footprint is too large. He would like to know what people are willing to support or oppose on specific improvements. Commissioner Pellaton commented on ranking the projects in order of importance. He highlighted on many projects of importance to the committee. Mr. Andreasen commented they the survey cannot mix must haves with wants. The must do’s should not go on the list. Mr. Andreasen commented that he could include three different questions asking respondents' support for improvements at three different prices. The three options could be included in different survey groups, so that he could judge the level of support for each option.
Margaret Heaton commented that Go Green Wilmette supports open beach development. She would like to see the natural space preserved as much as possible. She would like to know what type of activities people enjoy in the park.
Joe DiCamillo commented to Mr. Andreasen to include questions asking residents whether or not they use the lakefront parks, the beaches or neither, and how important they think Gillson and Langdon are to Wilmette's quality of life along with how they view the parks' place in the community.
Commissioner Abbott commented on his list of items that the survey should have of questions on how important things are to the individual. Commissioner Shelly commented that there should be a question about Langdon Beach. Such as, do you think changes need to be made at Langdon and if so what? Mr. Scanlan thought it would be a good idea to ask if there should be a design competition for the Gillson Beach house.
Commissioner Shelly commented that before the actual surveys go out to each household resident will be notified by email and email blasts of the upcoming survey. Mr. Andreasen commented that the survey will be 12-15 minutes long. Mr. Andreasen commented that a rough survey outline will be ready for those at the meeting to review and critique, at least by email, as quickly as possible. He said he would try to complete the survey by the Committee's November 2nd regularly scheduled meeting. Mr. Andreasen stated that once the committee approves the survey, it will go out to residents either as a full printed survey or in the form of an information postcard telling residents where to complete the identical survey online, or where to call to complete it over the telephone. Commissioner Shelly commented that she would like it to go out by mid-November so that Mr. Andreasen can get responses, analyze them and report to the full Board in January.
There being no further business to conduct, the meeting was adjourned at 1:45 p.m.