WILMETTE PARK DISTRICT
Lakefront Committee Meeting Minutes
Monday, May 1, 2017
6:30 p.m. – Mallinckrodt Community Center
Commissioners/Committee: Chair, Ryrie Pellaton, Shelley Shelly, Bryan Abbott
Staff: Kathy Bingham, Bill Lambrecht
Staff: Director Wilson, Steve Holloway, Jeff Bowen, Jerry Ulrich, Holly Specht, Anna Grubisich, Libby Baker
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 February 22, 2017. All voted yes, the motion carried.
B. Commissioner Shelly moved and Commissioner Abbott seconded a motion to approve the minutes from and April 5, 2017. All voted yes, the motion carried.
III. Recognition of Visitors
The Attendance Sheet will become part of the permanent record.
IV. Communications and Correspondence
Commissioner Pellaton commented on the numerous emails received from residents regarding the lakefront parks. He also noted that he had received a text message regarding the playground at Langdon and that he responded that replacement of the playground at Langdon is part of the 2019 Capital Plan. Staff will verify that date.
V. Unfinished Business
A. Lakefront Project - Presentation
Andy Tinucci of Woodhouse Tinucci Architects (WTA) began his presentation by summarizing the results of the two public input sessions previously held to solicit feedback on the project, along with the approximately 400 surveys that were completed. He categorized the results into three categories; highest responses, medium responses and lowest responses and explained that these responses provided guidance to the conceptual ideas being presented. The designs showed three possible locations for the beach house. Considerations included; evaluating the site and site lines, access points, ADA accessibility, placement of a new beach house, how to control access other than the existing wrought iron fence, providing shade, improved washrooms, potentially changing the concession operation to a much smaller footprint without cooking capabilities, the beach picnic area, softening the transition from the parking lot to the beach by expanding the dunes from the overlook, and many other topics.
The Committee members and residents in attendance shared their concerns and opinions on the preliminary design concepts presented.
Woodhouse Tinucci Architects will present these designs at two public input sessions to be scheduled later this month.
VI. New Business
A. Park Permit Requests
Superintendent Bingham reviewed the park permit requests. The Committee approved the requests from Chicago Jewish Day School, St. Francis School, and Rose Hall Montessori School for use of Gillson Park.
VII. Manager’s Report
Holly Specht reported on the following topics:
- There was quite a bit of sand movement this winter. Hoffman Excavating has been on site to moving sand around.
- All but five spots on the south end of the beach have been secured for boat storage.
- 11 rentals at Lakeview in April.
- Katy Bradford attended the Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium.
- New lifeguard tubes have been received through a grant from the Department of Natural Resources Coastal Management group.
- Recent and upcoming events at Gillson include: dog and children egg hunts, Ouilmette Foundation Beach Dash, and family camp out.
- Staff is completing orientation and training for new and returning summer staff. Sailing beach opens May 13 starting.
- Staff is moving boats to their summer locations.
There being no further business to conduct, the Lakefront Committee meeting was adjourned at 8:48 p.m.