WILMETTE PARK DISTRICT
MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE WILMETTE PARK DISTRICT
HELD IN THE COUNCIL ROOM OF WILMETTE VILLAGE HALL
MONDAY, AUGUST 13, 2007
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Written notice of said meeting was given to the Commissioners and the Wilmette Life in accordance with the Wilmette Park District Code, Section 2103, and Section 2.02 of the Open Meetings Act.
 
President Crowley called the meeting to order at 7:32 p.m.
PRESENT:   President Jim Crowley, Commissioners Jim Brault, Diana Cohen, Darrell Graham, David Miller, Dennis O’Malley, Henry Wolff, Secretary/Director Terry Porter
STAFF:          Superintendents Grisamore, Lambrecht and Wilson
ABSENT:      None
VISITORS:    Alan & Barbara Golden
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
 
Commissioner Wolff moved and Commissioner Miller seconded a motion to approve the minutes of the July 9, 2007 Regular Board Meeting.
 
By a roll call vote, voting Yes -- Commissioners Brault, Cohen, Crowley, Graham, Miller, O’Malley, and Wolff; voting No -- None. Absent – NoneMotion carried.
 
 
COMMUNICATIONS & CORRESPONDENCE: President Crowley acknowledged receipt of the following:
 
…        E-mail from Alan & Barbara Golden, 2516 Laurel Lane regarding the adult soccer teams playing at Community Playfield without a permit and causing damage to fences and plants behind the homes of neighbors.
 
President Crowley then asked Mr. Golden if he wished to address the Board. Mr. Golden is hoping that the park district is able to do something about a group of non-resident adults playing soccer on Saturday evenings and Sunday mornings at Community Playfield. They are playing without a permit and are paying no fees. They also have no respect for the property rights of the neighbors and have been kicking the soccer balls into backyards and over the fences, causing damage to plants. They also wear cleats which causes extensive damage to the fields and to the neighbors’ lawns when they retrieve the ball.  
 
Mr. Golden stated he feels something needs to be done and would like to see a resolution to this problem.
 
Mrs. Golden then addressed the Board. She stated that there is a park district sign posted near Highcrest School that she thought meant the fields could only be used for organized games and with a permit. She further stated that these are definitely organized games since they play at set times and days. They have also been unable to produce a permit when the Goldens have asked for one. They are extremely loud, kick the ball very hard and damage property. The police do not enforce park district regulations and it appears to be an official park district sign.
 
President Crowley stated that the Goldens’ e-mail and concerns will be referred to the Parks & Recreation Committee for further investigation and follow-up.
 
. . .       Letter dated July 17, 2007 from Robert McGreevey, 823 Park Avenue, Wilmette and a response letter from Director Porter regarding the “No-Show” penalty fees at the golf course.
 
President Crowley referred this letter to the Golf Operations Committee.
 
…        Letter from the Wilmette Chamber of Commerce, 1150 Wilmette Avenue thanking Bill Lambrecht and his staff for supplying the moonwalk at the 2007 Sidewalk Sale.
 
…        Letter from Rev. John Pollard, Saint Joseph’s Parish, thanking the park district for providing the Moonwalk at their annual Block Party/Parish Picnic on July 15, 2007.
 
…        E-Mail from Michaelle Bamberger regarding the walkways and lighting at Mallinckrodt.
 
President Crowley referred this e-mail to the Parks & Recreation Committee.
 
…        Letter from Geri Barnett thanking the Park District for plantings and a bench at Langdon Park, specifically thanking employees of the Parks & Planning Department.
 
…        E-Mail from Alice Magos from Sheridan Road thanking the Park District for operational changes at Langdon Park this summer.
 
…        Letter from Adam Ericksen, representing the newly formed Raven Foundation, requesting that the Park District allow their non-profit organization to host a presentation at one of the parks.
 
President Crowley referred this letter to the Parks & Recreation Committee.


APPROVAL OF VOUCHER LIST:
 
Commissioner Brault moved and Commissioner Miller seconded a motion to approve the Voucher List in the amount of $3,201,798.69, a copy of which is to be attached to and become a permanent part of the minutes of this meeting.
 
Commissioner Brault asked how the park district did overall on the budget for Vattmann Park. Superintendent Lambrecht responded there is still some retention on the project and the district did go over the bid price because of work required by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) during the construction. The MWRD required the district to extend a sewer line which involved excavating out to 15th street. The original project was on budget but the sewer line added another $15,000. Total cost of the project will be approximately $265,000.
 
By a roll call vote, voting Yes -- Commissioners Brault, Cohen, Crowley, Graham, Miller, O’Malley and Wolff; voting No -- None. Absent – None.  Motion carried.
 
COMMITTEE REPORTS:
 
Financial Planning & Policy Committee – President Crowley opened the public hearing regarding the issuance of $7,300,000 General Obligation Limited Tax Park Bonds of the Wilmette Park District, Cook County, Illinois.
 
When asked by President Crowley to give a brief overview, Superintendent Wilson explained that the driving factor for this issuance of bonds was to refinance the debt certificates that were issued for the golf clubhouse, which total approximately $5.9 million of the $7.3 million issue, as well as approximately an additional $1 million to finance the parking lot construction project at the Community Recreation Center (CRC). The $7.3 million total is the maximum amount available but the total may end up less than the maximum.
 
Director Porter added that when the golf course debt was restructured, there was a balloon payment that was due no later December 1, 2008. The reason for that was so the tax levy would be kept level. The concept is that in 2008 the district could refinance and stretch the repayment of the debt for the golf course improvements and clubhouse to more accurately reflect the useful life of the asset. $5.9 million of the $7.3 million was planned to be done anyway but since the rates are favorable at this time and with the money needed for the CRC parking lot, it made sense to refinance all at one time.
 
Committee Chair Brault stated the Committee looked at a number of different financing options to structure the debt. The Committee recommended that the district keep a level payment structure over the 20-year term to keep the payments consistent throughout.
 
Commissioner Graham moved and Commissioner O’Malley seconded a motion to close the public hearing on the issuance of $7,300,000 General Obligation Limited Tax Park Bonds of the Wilmette Park District, Cook County, Illinois.
 
By a roll call vote, voting Yes -- Commissioners Brault, Cohen, Crowley, Graham, Miller, O’Malley and Wolff;  voting No -- None. Absent – None.  Motion carried.
 
Director Porter added that the Financial Planning & Policy Committee will be meeting this week Thursday and the bond issue could be presented as early as the September Board meeting.
 
Commissioner Brault stated the Committee looked at different potential structures for the debt and tried to be as consistent as possible. The Committee will meet again later this week to look at the financing rates for the issuance and what the expected costs will be. Overall, it will be a favorable refinancing of the existing debt as well as for the new parking lot at the CRC.
 
Commissioner Brault also stated that the Committee discussed the results from the Internal Control Study conducted by Smart & Associates which was commissioned last year. Smart looked at our overall approach to managing the internal operations of the district, and they will give an overview of their report and will provide recommendations on how the district can continue to enhance the internal operations and risk controls. Within a month, the Committee will hopefully be able to provide a report to the Board on the findings.
 
Commissioner Brault reported that discussion also took place on a purchasing card program which is another type of internal control that reduces the use of petty cash at our facilities and replaces it with a debit card program. This program will more tightly control purchasing without the use of cash. This will also create a more accurate internal recording of purchases.
 
Commissioner Brault further explained that instead of many receipts there would be just one report. President Crowley asked if the district still had house accounts at various businesses and Director Porter added that the district still has house accounts but these will eventually be phased out. Each employee will have a specific spending limit which will provide tighter controls on spending limits. Commissioner Brault stated these cards are dynamic and the spending limit could be changed for a specific period of time with the approval of the Superintendents or Director. Commissioner O’Malley asked how many employees would have the card and Director Porter answered eventually about 25 employees, mainly facility managers and program supervisors, all with different specific spending limits. President Crowley asked if this program would provide checks and balances on spending. Commissioner Brault responded yes and that this is almost a real-time report which will provide better spending control. Director Porter added this was one of the recommendations in the Smart Report.
 
Commissioner Brault reported that the Committee also discussed the overall enhancement of technology in the district. One of the biggest challenges is that the district does not currently have a network system wherein all of our computers are tied together. Superintendent Wilson has been working with the Village and one of the recommendations being pursued is to integrate into parts of the Village’s existing network and have support of Village staff. The district could then begin with an in-place network immediately and staff could also manage its growth independently. If this is successful, it would allow the district to upgrade several of the areas discussed for years such as online registration and improvement of our billing and payroll areas. This is a fundamental first step and will allow for greater efficiency and better control.
 
President Crowley asked if the Village is technologically up to date. Commissioner Brault referred to Superintendent Wilson who responded that the Village is using all of the most current server and e-mail platforms and are always looking to upgrade.
 
Commissioner Brault also explained that this year a technology study and one full-time IT employee are budgeted. Neither one of these two items were done. Therefore, by evolving into parts of the Village’s system, staff can take that potential expenditure and start right away without building up a totally new system.
 
Commissioner O’Malley asked what the Village will be charging the district. Superintendent Wilson responded that there have been some substantial talks but no real numbers have been provided. The Village is meeting with its administrative staff at the end of this month to work out the details.
 
Director Porter added there would be cost sharing with the Village on a percentage basis. Also, it would allow for more sophisticated manpower as far as managing the system by leveraging our resources with the Village’s.
 
Commissioner Brault moved and Commissioner Miller seconded a motion to approve Resolution 2007-R-9, A Resolution Authorizing issuance of Individual Procurement Cards as recommended by the Financial Planning and Policy Committee.
 
By a roll call vote, voting Yes -- Commissioners Brault, Cohen, Crowley, Graham, Miller, O’Malley and Wolff;  voting No -- None. Absent – None.  Motion carried.
 
Parks and Recreation  -- Committee Chair Wolff stated the Committee met on July 17. The first issue discussed was the extension of the dog beach hours. Some residents expressed a desire that the dog beach be open all day during the week and weekends. It was explained that the dog beach cannot be open all day during the week in the summer because of the Aquatics Camp program. However, a compromise proposal was made which is that the dog beach hours be extended all day on Saturdays and Sundays and all day on Memorial Day and Labor Day. The Committee recommends Board approval.
 
Commissioner Wolff moved and Commissioner Miller seconded a motion to approve Ordinance 2007-O-7, AN ORDINANCE AMENDING AN ORDINANCE REGULATING THE USE OF THE PARKS AND PROPERTY OWNED OR CONTROLLED BY THE WILMETTE PARK DISTRICT as recommended by the Parks and Recreation Committee.
 
Commissioner Miller wanted to bring to everyone’s attention the fact that our dog beach was rated the cleanest beach in Illinois by the State of Illinois. Director Porter added that this test was based on water quality tests and this beach had the best test results of all other beaches in the State of Illinois. Commissioner Miller also stated the second best beach based on water quality tests was the public beach at Gillson.
 
By a roll call vote, voting Yes -- Commissioners Brault, Cohen, Crowley, Graham, Miller, O’Malley and Wolff;  voting No -- None. Absent – None.  Motion carried.
 
Commissioner Wolff stated discussion also took place at the Committee meeting, although not listed on the agenda, about a fenced-in dog park area at West Park on the property leased from ComEd. There were several residents who came to the meeting to express their desire to have a fenced-in dog area at that location. The Committee discussed the issue but it is subject to the lease renegotiations with ComEd currently underway. If ComEd agrees, staff will construct a fence around the area which will provide Wilmette with a second enclosed dog park. Commissioner Miller noted that this area was designated a dog park several years ago but now it will be fenced in.
 
Commissioner Wolff reported there were also some people who wanted to know if it was true the district was going to pave Langdon Park for parking. The Committee offered assurance that this was not the case.
 
Regarding the bid for site furniture at Mallinckrodt Park, Commissioner Wolff stated that instead of having the contractor do the purchasing and installing, it was proposed that district staff do the work. As a result, the savings is approximately $43,000.
 
Commissioner Wolff moved and Commissioner Miller seconded a motion to approve the bids from NuToys Leisure Products for park benches and trash receptacles at Mallinckrodt and from Trilary, Inc. Thomas Steele for accessible tables at Mallinckrodt in the total amount of $48,063.80.
 
Commissioner Miller asked what materials will be used on the equipment and if the same specifications are being used. Superintendent Lambrecht responded that the frames will be made of steel but the tables and materials are recycled plastic. Commissioner O’Malley congratulated staff on getting the bid in under budget.
 
By a roll call vote, voting Yes -- Commissioners Brault, Cohen, Crowley, Graham, Miller, O’Malley and Wolff;  voting No -- None. Absent – None.  Motion carried.
 
Commissioner Wolff reported the Committee also discussed the CRC parking lot and the estimate to repave the entire lot which is approximately $850,000. It was discussed that the first items to be completed are a survey of the existing conditions and a geotechnical survey. The cost of this first phase of the work would be $19,500. The second phase would include the preparation of the engineering and construction documents which would cost an additional $32,000. These two phases would enable the district to start bidding the project beginning in 2008.
 
Commissioner Brault asked if the CRC parking lot would be done in conjunction with the skate park project. Superintendent Lambrecht responded that these two projects could be done separately or together but it depends on when the district has the skate park plans, which will probably be the end of September or beginning of October, with a possible construction start date at the first of the year. Commissioner Cohen inquired if the parking lot repair consisted of a total teardown to the dirt. Superintendent Lambrecht responded that 85% of the parking lot would have to be completely torn out. Built originally as a school in 1967, a lot of the parking lot was added when it was an office building in the 1980’s. When the district purchased the building, portions of the north parking lot were added but most of it was just repaired. Director Porter added the district tried to use temporary curbs in some spots but this project will now result in permanent curbs throughout.
 
Commissioner Wolff moved and Commissioner Graham seconded a motion approve the retention of Gewalt-Hamilton Associates to perform preliminary design work for the CRC parking lot at a cost of $51,500 as recommended by the Parks and Recreation Committee.
 
By a roll call vote, voting Yes -- Commissioners Brault, Cohen, Crowley, Graham, Miller, O’Malley and Wolff;  voting No -- None. Absent – None.  Motion carried.
 
Commissioner Wolff moved and Commissioner Miller seconded a motion to authorize Thompson Dyke to proceed to Phase 2 of the Skate Park Project as recommended by the Parks and Recreation Committee.
 
Director Porter explained that Phase 2 involves the actual construction drawings. This issue was not reviewed at the Committee level because once the Village Board approved the Skate Park Project, staff reviewed the contract with Thompson Dyke and discovered that the original contract approved by the Park Board was only for Phase 1 of their original proposal. In order to formalize the agreement, even though it was implied in their original proposal, staff added this action item to tonight’s agenda so that there was clear direction for Thompson Dyke to proceed with the skate park.
 
Directory Porter further explained that in Phase 2, Thompson Dyke would do the final construction drawings and construction supervision. They would then bid out the project, evaluate the bids and eventually supervise construction. They have not been paid for Phase 2 yet. The original plan called for approximately $275,000 in expenses which included Phase 2 design work at that time. Based on some of the additions such as five-foot berm, the fact that the estimated costs were done over a year ago, and the possibility of using a product with better sound-proofing capabilities have increased the cost to somewhere in the $325,000 range. Staff will bring those estimates to the Parks & Recreation Committee meeting. Director Porter also stated it is unknown if the sound-proofing material would have as long as life as the original material, but what is known is that the True Rite product would allow the district to meet or exceed the 12-decibel standard that the Village recommended. Staff will evaluate the cost effectiveness and the life span of the alternative product.
 
Director Porter also added that one suggestion as part of the zoning process was to build a five-foot berm in the park which would mean moving the sidewalks and adding screening material. The project was approved by the Village without conditions and the berm was not a condition of the approval. It was more of a strong expression from the Village. The berm would also eliminate the visual sighting of the source of the sound which the sound expert felt would be a three- to five-decibel sound reduction.
 
By a roll call vote, voting Yes -- Commissioners Brault, Cohen, Crowley, Graham, Miller, O’Malley and Wolff;  voting No -- None. Absent – None.  Motion carried.
 
Golf Operations – Committee Chair O’Malley reported that the Committee met on July 28 and the golf course is having a very good year. Memberships totaled 596 as of two weeks ago. Golf pro shop sales are over $200,000 which is about 25% more than last year at this time. Rounds of play are up about 4% from last year at 25,534. Staff continue to look at making improvements around the bar area, on the patio and maybe the addition of some outdoor lighting in the fall. The restaurant continues to get good reviews and both the Men’s and Women’s clubs have had great experiences.
 
Commissioner O’Malley also reported that the Committee reviewed the six month financial summary and the golf operation is doing very well. Even with a normal fall, the facility should be able to contribute its budgeted amount for the bond and interest payment, transfer to capital projects and the amount budgeted for the long-term capital reserve fund and end up with a surplus after that. Also, golf technician Ted Soenksen is one of the national finalists for the title of Technician of the Year by a national magazine. Commissioner O’Malley extended his thanks to Ted and as well as the entire golf crew for keeping our golf course looking great and running well.
 
President Crowley added that most of the golf courses around this area are experiencing a 5-10% decrease in usage so our course is doing well with a 4% increase over last year. Weather helps but our facility is generally attracting a lot of people.
 
Centennial Operations – Committee Chair Miller reported that the Committee met immediately prior to tonight’s meeting. The Committee received reports from the managers on the facilities. The Ice facility has implemented new programming with women’s hockey classes. The summer tennis camps have now ended and they were very successful this year. The pool is also having a successful summer and the operation is winding down as the lifeguards return to school. After reviewing the six month financial summaries, all of the facilities appear to be operating at a surplus and it is anticipated this will continue for the rest of the year.
 
DIRECTOR’S REPORT:
 
As a follow-up to Commissioner O’Malley’s report, over four inches of rain have fallen over a two- to three-day period since the last Golf Operations Committee meeting. The water sat on some areas and that, coupled with the hot weather, ended up causing some damage on the turf. The course was closed a couple of days with a few additional days without carts. This was a slow-down but all in all it has been a good year.
 
As mentioned earlier, the Village Board approved the skate park. There is a 12-decibel sound variation which provides enough room to put in what was originally designed. While the Village approved the skate park without conditions, they did suggest the district make an effort to work with the neighbors. Staff has have met with the neighbors once since the Village Board meeting and anticipate meeting with them again to incorporate a couple of their suggestions with respect to berming, screening and potential sound reduction measures.
 
Most of the camps completed their programs during the first week in August except for a few extension camps and specialty programs. In general, it was a very successful camp season.
 
As the season comes to an end, camps are over and those staff members have left. However, the pool and beaches are still operating and as staff returns to school, the restricting of swimming beach areas begins. Also, the pool has begun its reduced operating schedule as of today. The last three weeks of the pool season are on a modified schedule.
 
UNIFINISHED BUSINESS:  
 
Approval of Logo Design – President Crowley asked Communications Manager Shelagh Donoghue to address the Board on the revised logo design options.
 
Shelagh explained that as a result of the Centennial Celebration in 2008, staff felt the time was right to update the current logo, which was designed in the early 1970’s. It was felt that the current logo was outdated and it was very difficult to discern the design elements on the current logo. The size of the type on the current logo is also extremely small which makes the text hard to read.
 
Shelagh further explained there were four design options included in the packet for the Board to review. One of the designs in this month’s packet is the one which was seen at the last Board meeting and which prompted some design concerns. To address those concerns, staff went back to the artist to look at different trees and also attempted to incorporate some elements of the current logo into the proposed logo. The differences between these designs are primarily font changes and tree design.
 
After discussion, the Board agreed they prefer the first design shown in the packet which they designated as logo #1. This design has the oak tree with the larger font identifying the Wilmette Park District and the letters spaced closer together. The “100 Years” on the logo design will only be included on the 2008 logo and will be removed for subsequent years.
 
President Crowley thanked Shelagh for her efforts on the new design.
 
Commissioner Wolff moved and Commissioner Miller seconded a motion to approve the updated Wilmette Park District Logo.
 
By a roll call vote, voting Yes -- Commissioners Brault, Cohen, Crowley, Graham, Miller, O’Malley and Wolff;  voting No -- None. Absent – None.  Motion carried.
 
NEW BUSINESS:
 
President Crowley introduced the issue of approval of the sub-lease agreement between the Wilmette Park District and the Evanston-Wilmette Golf Course Association.
 
Commissioner O’Malley and Commissioner Wolff seconded a motion to approve the Sublease Agreement between the Wilmette Park District and the Evanston-Wilmette Golf Course Association.
 
Director Porter explained that the district currently leases property from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) for the operation of the Peter Jans Golf Course at a cost of $700 per year. Because the property for the Peter Jans Golf Course is partially in Wilmette and partially in Evanston, both Wilmette and Evanston are required to approve a sub-lease. The district sub-leases the property to an organization called the Evanston-Wilmette Golf Association. The lease runs until 2032. The district has two staff members who serve as representatives on the Association’s Board – Tom Grisamore and Mike Matchen. The Board itself is made up of seven members from Wilmette and 11 members from Evanston. This ratio is based on the fact that seven holes are located in Wilmette and 11 holes are in Evanston. The golf course will be renamed this fall but the Association itself will remain the same. The Peter Jans Board, along with the City of Evanston, has already approved the sub-lease agreement. This is a completely redrafted document since the original lease was very old.
 
By a roll call vote, voting Yes -- Commissioners Brault, Cohen, Crowley, Graham, Miller, O’Malley and Wolff;  voting No -- None. Absent – None.  Motion carried.
 
Commissioner Miller moved and Commissioner Wolff seconded a motion to approve Resolution 2007-R-10: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING INTERVENTION IN A PENDING PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENT APPEAL (LDP MANAGEMENT-416 LINDEN)
 
Director Porter explained this property tax appeal involves a commercial property at 416 Linden Avenue near the intersection of 4th street and Linden Avenue.
 
By a roll call vote, voting Yes -- Commissioners Brault, Cohen, Crowley, Graham, Miller, O’Malley and Wolff;  voting No -- None. Absent – None.  Motion carried.
 
Director Porter also stated the district received another Property Tax Assessment Appeal from Commonwealth Edison which will be on the agenda for the September Board meeting.
 
President Crowley stated that the next action item is to ratify the Director’s signature on the permanent and temporary easement agreements with MWRD for the Village of Wilmette’s Sheridan Road construction project and asked Director Porter to provide further information.
 
Director Porter explained that the two-year Sheridan Road construction project will begin this fall and will involve a major disruption in traffic. The south entrance at Gillson will be reconfigured to our advantage. It is hoped that this reconfiguration will slow down traffic at that location. The entrance at Lake Avenue will also be reconfigured but only temporarily during construction. Staff has already been in discussions with the Village regarding the Independence Day festivities. The district may have to use a shuttle bus


which would end up just west of Sheridan Road. The bigger issue concerns the Fun Run wherein staff may have to look for alternative locations or discontinue it during construction.
 
Director Porter further explained that the two easements included in the packet involve one permanent easement for a storm sewer line that will run alongside the access road on the west side of Sheridan to the North Shore Channel. There is a question on whether that property is even leased to the district which the MWRD believes it is. As a result, the easement agreement is written in such a way that if the district does have a leasehold interest, then the district approves it. If the district does not have an interest, it doesn’t matter since the district bears no cost for the reconstruction. The temporary construction easement is to allow for the reconfiguration of the entrance to Gillson Park. On August 3, Director Porter received the easement agreements and was informed they had to be signed as soon as possible. Therefore, Director Porter is asking the Board to ratify his signature on the easement agreements. The Village is requesting it because they are obtaining the permits from MWRD and the State of Illinois.
 
Commissioner Brault asked if a plan review was done and about the timing of the agreements. Director Porter responded that the easement agreements were turned around in three to four days but staff had been in discussions with the Village over a long period of time about the temporary construction easement. However, the storm sewer line easement was unanticipated. For the most part, staff has a good idea on the timing of the plan but that will not be under district control as far as the entire stretch of Sheridan Road is concerned. The project will be a complete rebuild of Sheridan from Isabella Street north to the Kenilworth border.
 
Commissioner O’Malley moved and Commissioner Miller seconded a motion to ratify the Director’s signature on the permanent and temporary easement agreements as required by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District for the Village of Wilmette’s Sheridan Road construction project.
 
By a roll call vote, voting Yes -- Commissioners Brault, Cohen, Crowley, Graham, Miller, O’Malley and Wolff;  voting No -- None. Absent – None.  Motion carried.
 
Commissioner Cohen introduced some thoughts on the current issue of BP and the impact of its proposed waste disposal actions on Lake Michigan. She would like to suggest the Park Board consider either a position statement or an ordinance to be sent to the State legislators and BP to bring to their attention our concerns about the waters of Lake Michigan.
 
After lengthy discussion, it was decided that Commissioners and staff would gather information on the issue and it would be forwarded to the Board for discussion at the next Board meeting.
Commissioner O’Malley moved and Commissioner Wolff seconded a motion to adjourn to executive session for discussion of the employment of a specific employee(s) of the District in accordance with Section 2(c)(1) of the Open Meetings Act and discussion of pending, or probable and imminent litigation against, affecting or on behalf of the District in accordance with Section 2(c)(11) of the Open Meetings Act.
 
By a roll call vote, voting Yes -- Commissioners Brault, Cohen, Crowley, Graham, Miller, O’Malley and Wolff;  voting No -- None. Absent – None.  Motion carried.
 
 
There being no further business to conduct, the meeting was adjourned at 8:51 p.m.
 
 
The meeting adjourned to executive session at 8:54 p.m.
 
 
The Regular Board Meeting was reconvened at 9:55 p.m.
 
 
Commissioner Wolff moved and Commissioner Brault seconded a motion to approve the minutes of the June 11, 2007 Executive Session.
 
 
By a roll call vote, voting Yes -- Commissioners Brault, Cohen, Crowley, Marcus, Miller, O’Malley and Wolff; voting No -- None. Absent – Commissioner Cohen. Motion carried.
 
 
There being no further business to conduct, the meeting was adjourned at 9:57 p.m.