WILMETTE PARK DISTRICT
Lakefront Committee Meeting Minutes
Monday, November 7, 2016
6:30 p.m. – Mallinckrodt Community Center

Attendees Present
Commissioners/Committee: Chair, Ryrie Pellaton, Shelley Shelly, Bryan Abbott
Staff:  Kathy Bingham, Bill Lambrecht

Commissioner: John Olvany 
Staff: Director Wilson, Ken Eppelheimer, Holly Specht, Anna Grubisich
   
Attendees Absent
None
  
I. Meeting Called to Order
Meeting called to order at 6:30 p.m.

II. Approval of Minutes
A. Commissioner Abbott moved and Commissioner Shelly seconded a motion to approve the minutes from October 18, 2016; all voted yes, the motion carried.

III. Recognition of Visitors
The Attendance Sheet will become a permanent part of the record.

Sarah Lyke & Dan O’Bara, 819 Michigan, Wilmette – Ms. Lyke informed the Committee that she and her husband visited Rosewood Beach in Highland Park and were impressed.  She added that they have noticed that tree trimming has taken place on the bluff hill and inquired if there were more plans for more trimming. Ms. Lyke also noted that there is now a view of the lake and a flat grassy area east of fence, and asked if it would be possible to reclaim this area and make it usable for the public as a scenic overlook. She suggested that the Committee think about this area as they move forward with the plans for the beach house project and ask the architects if there is a way to incorporate that area in to the plan.
 
IV. Communications and Correspondence
None

V. Unfinished Business
None
 
VI. New Business
A. Park Permit Request  

Superintendent Bingham described the requested use of Gillson Park. The Committee approved the park permit for Highcrest Middle School.   All voted yes; motion carried.

B. Proposed FY 2017 Lakefront Budget Review & 5 Year Capital Review
Superintendent Bingham provided the Committee with an overview of the proposed fee increases. The Committee discussed the proposed fee increases and agreed on additional increases.  Superintendent Bingham explained that a four year average was used to help predict revenue for 2017.

The Committee then reviewed the items on the Capital Plan.  Commissioner Pellaton expressed his concerns for funding the lakefront infrastructure projects.  Director Wilson noted that the Board should discuss the timing and funding of lakefront projects at the November 9 Committee of the Whole meeting.

After review and discussion, the Committee requested that staff prepare recommendations for changes to the lakefront infrastructure portion of the plan for the November 9 Committee of the Whole meeting.

VII. Manager’s Report
Holly Specht, Lakefront Manager reported on the following topics:

  • Still eight boats on the beach.  Owners are being invoiced.
  • 22 rentals at Lakeview in October.
  • Rotary book drive is taking place at Lakeview.
  • Summer employment process has started.
  • The Wilmette Fire Department has provided oxygen tanks to replace the current outdated tanks. New regulators will be purchased.

VIII. Adjournment
There being no further business to conduct, the meeting was adjourned at 8:29 p.m.