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,  JANUARY 8, 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 Miller called the meeting to order at  7:30 p.m.
PRESENT:   President David Miller, Commissioners Jim Brault, Jim Crowley, Richard Marcus, Dennis O’Malley, Henry Wolff, Secretary/Director Terry Porter
STAFF:          Business Manager George Kush, Superintendents Grisamore and Lambrecht
ABSENT:      Commissioner Cohen
VISITORS:    See attached list.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:           Commissioner O’Malley moved and Commissioner Wolff seconded a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of  December 4, 2006.
 
By a roll call vote, voting Yes -- Commissioners Brault, Crowley, Marcus, Miller, O'Malley, and Wolff; voting No -- None.    Absent – Commissioner Cohen.  Motion carried.
 
COMMUNICATIONS & CORRESPONDENCE: President Miller acknowledged receipt of the following:
 
. . .       E-mail dated January 4, 2007 from Tom White, 3008 Iroquois Road recommending that the golf lottery be opened to non residents and offered several suggestions.
 
. . .       E-mail dated January 5, 2007 from Helmi Ludwig, 418 Skokie Court inquiring about the status of the skate park project.
 
. . .       E-mail dated January 8, 2007 from Richard Goodwin, 334 Skokie Ct. objecting to noise that will be generated from a skate park.
Commissioner Brault reported that he had been contacted by the Wilmette Hockey Association regarding the organization’s concerns about the proposed ice fee increases.  He stated that Chuck Smith, President of WHA, asked to participate in a discussion about the nature of the fee increases before the budget is approved.  It was noted that representatives of the Hockey Association will attend the next Centennial Operations Committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday, January 9th.
 
RECOGNITION OF VISITORS:
 
Michaelle Bamberger, 913 Columbus Street stated that she was in attendance to once again object to the plan for the Board to take suggestions from the public for the naming of the park at Mallinckrodt.  She pointed out that she had on previous occasions expressed her disbelief that the Board would even consider a name other than Mallinckrodt for the park at that location as this is a historic site in the Village of Wilmette and a different name for the park would not be fitting.  Ms. Bamberger stated that this is not a “small issue”.  She feels it is of the utmost importance not to change the name of the park at that location.
 
President Miller stated that it is quite possible that the park will be named Mallinckrodt.  It is planned to encourage community input on the issue, and if the community demonstrates a desire to retain that name for the park, the name will be retained.
 
Director Porter explained that the plan is to publicize that the Park District is seeking input on naming the Mallinckrodt park land through the Park District website and postings at Park District facilities and in the Pioneer Press.   Staff recommends that the period for submission of suggestions be kept open until the end of February, at which time, the Ad Hoc Park Naming Committee, consisting of President Miller, Nan Hoff, and Director Porter will meet.  The goal is to have a recommendation from the Ad Hoc Naming Committee at the March or April Park Board meeting.
 
APPROVAL OF VOUCHER LIST:
 
Commissioner Brault moved and Commissioner Wolff seconded a motion to approve the Voucher List in the amount of $1,555,792.33,  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 Brault, Crowley, Marcus, Miller, O'Malley, and Wolff; voting No -- None.    Absent – Commissioner Cohen.  Motion carried
 
Director Porter pointed out that the Voucher List now includes a new feature.  Vendor disbursements of more than  $5,000 are listed at the beginning of the document.
 
COMMITTEE REPORTS:
 
Parks and Recreation
 
Skate Park   --  Director Porter stated that there have been numerous requests from the community for approximately 20 years that the Park District provide a skate park.  He explained that the process, which has led to this point in the planned construction of a skate park at Hibbard Park, began in August 2004.  In January of 2005, at the direction of the Parks and Recreation Committee, staff appointed 3-D Design to prepare a site evaluation report, and four parks were identified as potential locations.  After discussion, the Board narrowed the choices to Community Playfield and Hibbard Park, authorized public hearings and letters were sent to every household in Wilmette inviting comment regarding the two potential sites.  Public hearings conducted by the entire Board were held in June and July of 2005.  In August, 2005,  the Board agreed to construct a skate park in the community and in September, 2005, Hibbard Park was chosen as the site for the skate park.   Director Porter noted that in October of 2005, staff was authorized to seek design services for a skate park, and in March, 2006, Thompson Dyke was appointed to provide Phase One design services and to identify the best location for a skate park within Hibbard Park.  He added that Thompson Dyke held meetings with the potential users of the skate park and took suggestions for the design and equipment from the participants.   In addition, the Park District hired an acoustical consultant to provide a sound study of the location of the planned skate park.  He stated that Mr. Paul Fyle of Thompson Dyke and Dr. Tom Thunder of Acoustics Associates, Ltd. were in attendance at the meeting to give presentations.
 
President Miller explained that after the presentations were completed, the meeting would be opened to public comment and questions for the consultants, staff, and the Board.
 
Director Porter introduced Paul Fyle of Thompson Dyke, the skate park design firm.
 
Mr. Fyle explained that the first order of business in the process was to determine the best location for the skate park at Hibbard Park.  Using a drawing of Hibbard Park, Mr. Fyle pointed out the three locations which were considered – the open space at the north end of the park; the space east of the north baseball field; and a portion of the existing parking lot at the eastern end of the park.  It was determined that the best location would be the portion of the existing parking lot at the eastern end of the park because green space would not be sacrificed as no additional paving would be necessary, the area is close to the community center building for the use of restrooms, etc. and there is easier access for cars and pedestrians.  It was felt that the other two locations were not as favorable.  Mr. Fyle noted that he had meetings with the potential users and after review of prospective designs and the implementation of recommendations from the group, the design was formulated.  He also explained that the equipment would accommodate six active skaters simultaneously.
 
Mr. Fyle then introduced Dr. Tom Thunder, who prepared the sound study.
 
Dr. Thunder stated that he is both an audiologist and an acoustical engineer.  He is on staff at Rush University and Northern Illinois University and teaches courses in hearing science, audiology, noise assessment, classroom acoustics, psychoacoustics and hearing conservation.  He noted that he has 30 years experience in the fields of hearing and acoustics and has been called upon to testify as an expert witness in cases involving occupational noise, environmental noise, audibility, and hearing loss.  He has been a consultant on many projects dealing with noise issues and in some cases, has worked to remediate the issues.
 
Using visuals projected on a large screen, Dr. Thunder began his presentation by explaining that the Wilmette Zoning Ordinance limits noise radiated to residential receiving property to a level of 50 decibels during the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and to a level of 45 decibels during the hours of 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 am.  He explained that digital recordings were made at three locations in the park, which were chosen based on their proximity and orientation to the area proposed for the skate park.   Recordings were made at these locations on a weekday evening after 8:30 p.m., which represents a time of the lowest ambient noise levels expected during the time the skate park would reasonably be open.  He stated that during the recordings, it was noted that the dominant noise was from traffic along Skokie Blvd. and secondary noise appeared to originate from the high speed traffic along I-94 to the west. 
 
Dr. Thunder explained that for the purpose of evaluating skate park noise, recordings were made at skate parks in Buffalo Grove and Geneva, IL., both of which are similar size skate parks which use the same equipment that is proposed for the skate park at Hibbard Park. He stated that at the Geneva skate park, with five children skating, the average noise generated was 60 decibels at about 90 feet from the skating center.  At the Buffalo Grove skate park, with three children skating, the recorded sound generated at a distance of 90 feet averaged 59 decibels.  Dr. Thunder noted that if there are more skaters, the effect can be accounted for by adding 3 decibels to the average level for every doubling of active skaters.
 
Dr. Thunder stated that after analyzing all the factors and completing the study, even though the levels generated at the residential property due to skating activities would exceed the Village’s evening/nighttime limit of 45 decibels, the existing ambient noise levels already exceed this level in the late evening hours.  He noted that because the skate park noise for six skaters does not significantly exceed the minimal ambient noise levels at each location tested, the impact would be negligible.  In conclusion, Dr. Thunder stated that based on the recordings and analysis at two similar skate parks, on the ambient noise levels in the residential area surrounding Hibbard Park, and on the distances involved from the proposed skate park to these residential areas, no adverse acoustical impact from the skate park as proposed is expected.  He noted that because only an insignificant noise impact is anticipated, no extraordinary noise reduction action is needed.   He added that if for some reason, it was felt that additional noise shielding steps would be necessary, there are many options that are available.
 
President Miller thanked Mr. Fyle and Dr. Thunder for their presentations and opened the meeting for public comment.
 
Marc Singer, 236 Valley View Drive stated that he is in favor of a skate park in Wilmette, but the Board should have considered locations other than Hibbard Park, which was the smallest of the parks recommended for the facility.  He feels that Gillson Park is a much better location as it does not impact on neighbors as is the case with Hibbard.  Mr. Singer also disputed that the existing ambient noise level exceeds the noise created by the skate park at all times. In his opinion, there will be many times when the noise emanating from the skaters will exceed any ambient noise in the area. He asked the Board to reconsider their choice of Hibbard Park as the skate park location. 
 
Fay Paras, 416 Skokie Court stated that the worst location which the Board could have chosen for a skate park is at Hibbard Park.   She feels that this has been an ill considered project.  She noted that for months, neighbors have voiced strong objections to this location and have urged the Board to select another site, preferably Gillson Park, which would be much more suitable for a skate park. Ms. Paras stated that in her opinion and in the opinion of other neighbors, the sound study report is flawed and the skate park will be very disruptive in the neighborhood.
 
Joel Kurzman, 243 Valley View Drive stated that Hibbard Park doesn’t make a lot of sense for a skate park.  Gillson Park would be the best location.  He also felt that it would not be possible to limit the equipment use to six skaters at a time, which will also cause disruption in the area.  In addition, he expressed concerns about drug use at the facility.
 
George Karagas, 319 Kilpatrick stated that he has voiced his objections to the skate park at Hibbard Park on numerous occasions and he still feels the same way.  However, he knows that the project will go through despite the neighbors’ misgivings.  As he has stated previously, the park is too small, which should be obvious to the Board, but the Board has closed their minds to the neighbors.  Mr. Karagas wished Commissioner Marcus good luck on his retirement from the Board.
 
Morris Liebling, 2006 Hill Street stated that this project is being “ramrodded through”.  Hibbard Park is too small for a skate park and is ideally a park for small children.  The skate park will change the whole character of the park and will negatively impact the neighborhood.
 
Adina Torchman, 3000 Hill Street stated that the process has been a painful one and she also questioned the validity of the sound study.  She noted that the report stated that the skate park noise level exceeded the Village’s zoning requirement of 45 decibels, which contradicts the report’s conclusion that there will be minimal noise impact from the skate park.
 
Ty Frost, 909 Seneca Road stated that he and other skateboarders have wanted a skate park for a long time and will certainly respect the facility.  He added that he and his friends do not use drugs, and certainly no one would be foolish enough to use drugs in public.
 
Alex Litin, 1114 Lake Ave agreed with Ty Frost that there would be no problems with the use of drugs in the skate park and that the skaters will appreciate and take good care of the facility.
 
Dan Torchman, 3000 Hill Street disputed some of the conclusions in the report.  He felt that the report was very supportive of the project.  In his opinion, the measurements diminish the number of homes that are closer to the facility than 160 feet. 
 
Tim Frost, 909 Seneca Road thanked the Parks and Recreation Committee for the way the process has been handled.  He noted that he had done some of his own research on existing noise levels in the area and found that the ambient noise levels exceed the Village noise limits.
 
After public comment was concluded, Dr. Thunder and Mr. Fyle addressed issues which were raised.  Dr. Thunder noted that his report was based on scientific testing and that his job is not to be in favor of or against any project, but to use his expertise to evaluate the conditions.  He explained that any sound study has to be done on the basis of the existing noise levels in the area being evaluated and that the existing ambient noise levels in the areas tested at Hibbard Park exceed the Village’s standard of 45 decibels.
 
Mr. Fyle noted that the prospective users of the facility had worked with his firm to choose the type of equipment for the skate park.  He also commented that he has observed that skateboarders work well together and are willing to wait their turn.  He did not anticipate any disruptions due to too many skaters using the facility at one time.  He also pointed out that the design of the skate park will incorporate not only the best noise reducing equipment, but also other landscape features which will help to diminish sound from the facility.
 
Director Porter pointed out that the Park District is providing this skate park after many years of requests from young people.  He stated that this is their facility and they will be responsible to see that it is well taken care of and there is no disruptive behavior in the park.  If problems arise, the Park District will close the skate park.
 
Commissioner Marcus moved and Commissioner Brault seconded a motion to accept the Skate Park Sound Study as recommended by the Parks and Recreation Committee.
 
Commissioner O’Malley stated that he had found the sound study very interesting and informative.  He said that he had been completely open to whatever the results of the study would be, and he was pleased that he was able to support the project.
 
By a roll call vote, voting Yes -- Commissioners Brault, Crowley, Marcus, Miller, O'Malley, and Wolff; voting No -- None.    Absent – Commissioner Cohen.  Motion   carried
 
Commissioner Marcus moved and Commissioner Brault seconded a motion to authorize staff to prepare a zoning application for construction of a skate park at Hibbard Park .
 
President Miller stated that Commissioner Cohen was unable to attend tonight’s meeting.  However, she asked that he read a statement from her regarding the skate park issue.  In her statement, Commissioner Cohen apologized for missing this important meeting and stated that while she is in favor of a skateboard park in the community, she has always felt that Hibbard Park is not the appropriate location.  She has not changed her opinion and still feels another site should be chosen.
 
President Miller noted that this has been a long process and many people have expressed their opinions.  With regard to the location in Hibbard Park, President Miller pointed out that there will be no loss of green space and the sound study concludes that additional noise will not be a factor.
 
Commissioner Marcus noted that the Zoning Board will be evaluating the project before granting the necessary permits.
 
Commissioner Wolff stated that he had been very impressed with the way the sound study was conducted and the conclusions of the report.
 
By a roll call vote, voting Yes -- Commissioners Brault, Crowley, Marcus, Miller, O'Malley, and Wolff; voting No -- None.   Absent – Commissioner Cohen.  Motion carried
 
Director Porter stated that he would meet with Village staff to discuss the necessary variations to receive the required permits.  Once a date is set for the zoning hearing, the Park District will be required to send certified letters to all residents within 250 feet of Hibbard Park to inform them of the meeting date.
 
Mallinckrodt --  Commissioner Brault moved and Commissioner Marcus seconded a motion to approve the bid of A. Lamp Concrete Contractors in the amount of $1,837,164.80 for site development at Mallinckrodt as recommended by the Parks and Recreation Committee.
 
Commissioner Brault explained that at the January 3rd Parks and Recreation Committee meeting, the Committee reviewed the results of the bid for the park portion of the Mallinckrodt property.  Six bids were received, and unfortunately, all came in higher than the landscape architect’s original estimate. He explained that staff and the landscape architect did value engineering and some items were removed from the proposed plan, which did not affect the overall concept.  The total amount will still come in over budget, but will be within the District’s funding capabilities.
 
By a roll call vote, voting Yes -- Commissioners Brault, Crowley, Marcus, Miller, O'Malley, and Wolff; voting No -- None.    Absent – Commissioner Cohen.  Motion   carried
 
Golf Operations --  Commissioner O’Malley moved and Commissioner Crowley seconded a motion to approve an expansion of the Golf Season Reserved Time Lottery to allow non-grandfathered non residents into a new Phase Two (3 residents, 1 non resident) and Phase Three (2 residents, 2 non residents) with a limit of a total of 70  groups being allowed to select reserved times as recommended by the Golf Operations Committee.
 
Commissioner O’Malley, Chair of the Golf Operations Committee, reported that the Committee is recommending a modest revision to the rules regarding the Season Reserved Time Lottery.  He explained that the current policy limits participation in the lottery to residents of Wilmette and “grandfathered” non residents.  A “grandfathered” non resident is defined as a non resident who has participated continuously in the first phase of the golf lottery since 1985 and who has purchased a Gold Membership. Commissioner O’Malley stated that the Committee recommends a modest expansion of the lottery up to a maximum of 70 total groups and that a Phase Two and Phase Three of the lottery be instituted.  Phase Two would consist of three residents and one non-resident, and Phase Three would consist of two residents and two non-residents.  Phases Two and Three would take place after all of the Phase One times are selected.  Non residents would be required to purchase a Gold Membership, which will cost  $1,645.00.  By putting a cap of 70 groups, reserved times should be concluded by approximately 10:15 a.m. on Saturdays and 9:45 a.m. on Sundays, which allows for reasonable starting times for individuals who would like to play on the weekend, but do not wish to participate in the Season Reserved Time Lottery. 
 
During discussion, Director Porter explained that In 2006, a total of 61 groups selected reserved time.  The resident/”grandfathered’ non resident mix was 235 residents and eight “grandfathered” non residents.  Season reserved times went from 5:45 a.m. through approximately 9:45 a.m. on Saturdays and from 5:45 a.m. until  9:15 a.m. on Sundays. Director Porter added that in order to provide a historical perspective, staff reviewed the history of the lottery.  In the 1980’s, the lottery consisted of several phases, and at its peak, a total of 153 groups selected times and reserved times went from 5:45 am. to approximately 3:00 p.m. on both Saturdays and Sundays.  Through a series of measures targeted at reducing the number of season reserved times, the lottery is now down to approximately 60 groups. He noted that there are a number of loyal players who have played at the course for years and are either non-residents or have recently moved out of Wilmette.
 
Commissioner Crowley noted that this is basically a small expansion from 61 groups to 70 groups in the lottery, which has been requested by members for the last few years.  He added that staff feels it would be a good move in light of the fact that reserved time  foursomes have declined over the last several years, and the current competitive nature of the golf industry.
 
Commissioner Brault voiced concerns about this change to the policy because he felt that it would limit opportunities for residents who do not participate in the reserved time lottery to obtain the best available remaining tee times.  He suggested that a surcharge be applied to the non resident golfers.  In his opinion, the new policy gives some non residents priority over residents in reserving desirable tee times.
 
President Miller agreed with Commissioner Brault regarding the additional fee.  He also suggested that a limited number of slots in the Phase One lottery time be made available for residents who are not in the reserved time foursomes.
 
Director Porter stated that modification of the Phase One lottery time would not be a good idea as it would negatively impact the “Keep Pace Program” at the golf course.
 
Commissioner Brault moved and Commissioner Miller seconded a motion to amend the motion to add a 20% surcharge on golf reserved time for non residents who participate in the Phase Two or Phase Three Reserved Time Lottery. 
 
By a roll call vote on the amended motion, voting Yes – Commissioners Brault and Miller; voting No – Commissioners Crowley, O’Malley, and Wolff; Abstain – Commissioner Marcus.   Absent – Commissioner Cohen.  Motion failed.
 
By a roll call vote on the original motion, voting Yes --  Commissioners Crowley, Marcus, O’Malley, and Wolff; voting No – Commissioners Brault and Miller.  Absent – Commissioner Cohen.  Motion carried.
 
Financial Planning & Policy
 
Bond Issue --  Committee Chair Brault reported that the Committee met immediately prior to the Board meeting.  The primary topic of discussion was the pending bond issue of $2.7 million in General Obligation Bonds to be paid over a twenty year period. 
 
Commissioner Brault moved and Commissioner Wolff seconded a motion to approve the appointment of Harris Bank, with which firm the Park District has had a prior satisfactory relationship and has a high degree of professional skill, as Underwriter and to prepare the necessary documents for a General Obligation Bond Issue of up to $2.7 million for improvements to the Mallinckrodt property as recommended by the Financial Planning and Policy Committee.
 
Commissioner Brault explained that the purpose of this bond issue is  to complete the renovations at the Mallinckrodt site. 
By a roll call vote, voting Yes -- Commissioners Brault, Crowley, Marcus, Miller, O'Malley, and Wolff; voting No -- None.    Absent – Commissioner Cohen.  Motion   carried
 
Park Naming Policy –  Commissioner Brault moved and Commissioner Wolff seconded a motion to approve amendments to the Park Naming Policy as recommended by the Financial Planning and Policy Committee.
 
Commissioner Brault explained that the Financial Planning and Policy Committee met on December 4th to review the Park Naming Policy, and a few modest revisions to the current naming policy are recommended.  He noted that the Committee is recommending that the policy include a definition of a community park as consisting of eight acres or more and neighborhood parks consisting of eight acres or less.  In addition, the Committee recommends additional criteria for naming of community parks.  The current policy includes one criteria for community park naming as an “historical event.”  It is recommended that that criteria be expanded to include historical event, person or location.   In addition, the Committee recommends adding two criteria to the community park naming – a community landmark and a generally recognized name of importance.
 
By a roll call vote, voting Yes -- Commissioners Brault, Crowley, Marcus, Miller, O'Malley, and Wolff; voting No -- None.    Absent – Commissioner Cohen.  Motion   carried
 
DIRECTOR’S REPORT:
 
Director Porter reported that he had received word from the Wilmette Hockey Association that they do not yet have sufficient commitments for contributions to fund a second sheet of ice at Centennial. Therefore, the opportunity for fall construction is not possible.   Director Porter stated that the group is still very committed to the project and is working very hard. He suggested that the Park District continue to work with the Hockey Association to keep the project alive and see if there is anything that can be done to reduce the cost.   One possibility would be if alternatives could be found to eliminate the concept of underground parking.
 
Commissioner Wolff stated that he is very impressed with the task force and he agrees that the Park District should continue to work with them.  He noted that eliminating the underground parking would save approximately $3 million, and he agreed that it would be a good idea to look into other parking options.
 
NEW BUSINESS:
 
Resolution 2007-R-1 --  Commissioner Brault moved and Commissioner O’Malley seconded a motion to approve Resolution 2007-R-1, A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING INTERVENTION IN A PENDING PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENT APPEAL (LDP MANAGEMENT).
 
Commissioner Brault explained that these interventions in assessment appeals allow the Park District to recapture tax dollars which might have been lost.
 
By a roll call vote, voting Yes -- Commissioners Brault, Crowley, Marcus, Miller, O'Malley, and Wolff; voting No -- None.    Absent – Commissioner Cohen.  Motion   carried
 
League of Women Voters Contribution Request  --  Commissioner O’Malley moved and Commissioner Brault seconded a motion to approve a contribution in the amount of $350.00 to the League of Women Voters to help defray the cost of the annual Student Government Program Breakfast.
 
By a roll call vote, voting Yes -- Commissioners Brault, Crowley, Marcus, Miller, O'Malley, and Wolff; voting No -- None.    Absent – Commissioner Cohen.  Motion   carried
 
Resolution 2007-R-2 -- Commissioner O’Malley moved and Commissioner Marcus seconded a motion to approve Resolution 2007-R-2, A RESOLUTION COMMEMORATING THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF WAYNE ARONSON.
 
Director Porter read the resolution which commemorated the services of Wayne Aronson, who has served as sports supervisor since 1976.  The resolution stated that  during Wayne Aronson’s years of service, the District’s sports programming has more than doubled in the number of programs offered and participants, and that he helped to develop a close working relationship with Wilmette School Districts 37 and 39 to ensure space for Park District programs, and that he was instrumental in developing the expansion of the 4th of July Fun Run. It was also noted that during his many years with the Wilmette Park District, he has developed close working relationships with other staff members, fostered an atmosphere of fellowship and loyalty among the staff, and demonstrated a caring attitude toward the participants in the Park District sports programs.   Wayne always worked to ensure that the sports programs are safe, enjoyable, and of the highest quality.
 
By a roll call vote, voting Yes -- Commissioners Brault, Crowley, Marcus, Miller, O'Malley, and Wolff; voting No -- None.  Absent – Commissioner Cohen.  Motion carried
 
Resolution 2007-R-3 –  Commissioner Wolff moved and Commissioner Miller seconded a motion to approve Resolution 2007-R-3, A RESOLUTION COMMEMORATING THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF RICHARD H. MARCUS.
 
Director Porter read the resolution which stated that Commissioner Marcus, during his service on the Board of Commissioners since April of 1997, has  been a member and chair of the Parks and Recreation Committee, the Centennial Operations Committee, and the Golf Operations Committee. In addition, he served as Vice President and as President of the Board.  It was noted that he also gave his time and effort to serve as a member of the Real Estate Committee.  In addition, Commissioner Marcus performed excellent service on the Mallinckrodt Negotiating Team, which in the best spirit of intergovernmental cooperation, worked with the Village of Wilmette for the successful sale of the Mallinckrodt Building, which resulted in the adaptive re-use of a historic building for development of senior and affordable housing and a Park District community center, which is of great benefit  to the citizens of the Village of Wilmette.  The Resolution also noted that Commissioner Marcus was instrumental in the establishment of a dog beach and dog park, the  construction of the Centennial Family Aquatic Center, the purchase and redevelopment of the Mallinckrodt property, the reconstruction of the golf clubhouse and golf course remodeling projects, and the proposed construction of a skate park.  It was further noted that Commissioner Marcus has been very responsive to the citizens of Wilmette with regard to their desires and concerns pertaining to Park District projects, and has selflessly served to provide excellent Park District facilities and programs for the community.
 
By a roll call vote, voting Yes -- Commissioners Brault, Crowley, Marcus, Miller, O'Malley, and Wolff; voting No -- None.  Absent – Commissioner Cohen.  Motion carried
 
President Miller stated that it is with great regret that the Board says good-bye to Commissioner Marcus, who has been an outstanding Park Board Commissioner for ten  years.  He noted that Commissioner Marcus has volunteered many hours of service on the Park Board and has selflessly served the people of Wilmette.  He stated that it has been a pleasure working with him on the Park Board, and he will be missed.
 
Commissioner Wolff stated that working with Commissioner Marcus has been an excellent experience.  It has proven that people can disagree on issues and still be friends.  He noted that Commissioner Marcus was always willing to listen to all sides of an issue.  Commissioner Wolff thanked Commissioner Marcus for his services to the Park District and the community.
 
Commissioner Crowley stated that Commissioner Marcus has always been a gentleman.  He noted that he and Commissioner Marcus served on many committees together, had a lot of fun together, and that he will truly miss him as a fellow Board member.
 
Commissioner O’Malley stated that he has great respect for Commissioner Marcus and noted that he always considered the best interests of the community when making any decisions.  He feels that everyone should be appreciative of Commissioner Marcus’ contributions.
 
Commissioner Brault stated that he very much appreciates having served with Commissioner Marcus.  It has been a pleasure working with him and he wishes him well with future ventures.
 
Commissioner Marcus thanked all his fellow Board members for their comments.  He stated that it has been a pleasure to serve with all of them, and he feels honored to have worked on behalf of the citizens of Wilmette.  He thanked the Park District staff, especially Director Porter and his department heads, for their hard work and cooperation.  He stated that his service on the Board of Park Commissioners has been a very enjoyable experience.
 
There being no further business to conduct, the meeting was adjourned at  9:50 p.m.
 
MINUTES APPROVED ON FEBRUARY 12, 2007