WILMETTE PARK DISTRICT
MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE 
BOARD OF PARK COMMISSIONERS OF THE WILMETTE PARK DISTRICT
HELD IN THE COUNCIL ROOM OF WILMETTE VILLAGE HALL

MONDAY, MAY 8, 2006
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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, Diana Cohen,  Richard Marcus, Dennis O’Malley, Henry Wolff, Secretary/Director Terry Porter
STAFF: Business Manager George Kush, Superintendents Grisamore and Lambrecht
ABSENT: Commissioner Crowley
VISITORS: Roseann Goritz, Ann Moffat, Michelle Bamberger, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Hunter, Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Hartigan, Connie Peterson
APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Commissioner Wolff moved and Commissioner Cohen seconded a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of April 10, 2006.
By a roll call vote, voting Yes -- Commissioners Brault, Cohen, Marcus, Miller, O'Malley, and Wolff; voting No -- None.   Absent – Commissioner Crowley.   Motion carried.
COMMUNICATIONS & CORRESPONDENCE:  President Miller acknowledged receipt of the following:
. . . E-Mail dated May 5, 2006 from Alan Minoff, 521 Meadow Drive East regarding dandelions at Centennial Park.
President Miller referred the letter to the Centennial Operations Committee
Letter dated April 10, 2006 from Roy Batterham, Parade Coordinator, American Legion Huerter Post #46 inviting the commissioners to march in the Memorial Day Parade.
. . . Letter dated April 18, 2006 from Georgia Gebhardt, Chair, 2006 Student Government Program thanking the Park District for their cooperation and strong support of the Student Government Program.
. . . Letter dated April 25, 2006 from Donna & Matt Bozzo, Winnetka, IL requesting that the policy not granting resident rates to non-resident home or business owners in Wilmette be reconsidered.
President Miller referred the letter to the Financial Planning & Policy Committee.
. . . E-mail dated April 25, 2006 from David Schmidt, 922 Cherokee outlining several concerns and questions regarding the condition and operation of the golf course.
President Miller referred the letter to the Golf Operations Committee.
President Miller acknowledged receipt of the following communications and correspondence regarding Mallinckrodt .
Gino Gambacorta, 916 Harvard Lane visited the Park District Administration Office objecting to opening the wall at Harvard to provide an entrance to the park
Phone Calls: 
Mr. Cutler didn’t like the entire plan
Francine & Bernard Yeager
Mrs. Zazversky, 924 Harvard Lane objecting to removal of a section of the south wall at Harvard Lane
Catherine Cicone, 923 Harvard Lane objecting to an entrance to Mallinckrodt at  Harvard Lane
Letters:
Russ & Mary Olsson, 1620 Forest Ave.
Copy of Letter sent to neighbors from Ann F. Moffat, 924 Cambridge Lane
E-mails:
Jeff and Debby Ponko, 2002 Elmwood
Nancy Bremner,  912 Cambridge
Robert Pollock
Amanda Price
Barbara and Robert Epler
The Schotz Family, 2005 Greenwood
Marc Mestanas, 2205 Chestnut
Sharon Axelrod, 408 Romona Rd.
Stanton H. Barnett, 1931 Thornwood
Mark Christerson, 1016 Greenwood Ave.
Amy Dillon, 1935 Thornwood
W. J.K. Burchard
Toril Johansen-Fitzgerald, 827 16th Street
Nan Hoff, 2024 Greenwood
Kerry Hall
Larry Craig, 1938 Schiller
Charlotte Bryant, 2033 Thornwood
Jackie Magner, 2145 Greenwood
Ann Rutherford
Ding Hardin, 2112 Elmwood
Howard Moritz, 729 Harvard
Bill and Barb Hoerter, 921 Columbus
Sue Peckham, 2230 Birchwood
Kim Stanton Hartigan, 935 Harvard Lane
Sharon Komlofske
Aparna Bhatnagar, PHD
Jackie Magner, 2145 Greenwood
Ann Moffatt,  924 Cambridge Lane
Robert DD Meiresonne
Mary Beth Surman
Susan Gatto, Wilmette Garden Club
Anne and Tom Heymann, 2106 Beechwood Ave.
Neil Lappley, 900 Cambridge
Sid Kumar, 907 Columbus
Brian and Amy Kylos, 919 Harvard Lane
Jeff  & Debby Panko (received 5/5/06)
Paul Mui, 900 Harvard Lane
Matthew T. Hartigan, Jr., 935 Harvard Lane
Fax:
Burn Donovan
Dr. Frances Belmonte, 913 Columbus
Park District Request Form
Mari Terman
Commissioner O’Malley reported that a resident had asked him if there is a way to raise the non resident fees at the pool.  The resident stated that he would like to discourage too much non resident use of the pool.
Commissioner Brault noted that on a daily basis, probably one third of the pool users are non residents.
Commissioner Brault reported that a resident had asked whether BMX Bicycles would be allowed at the proposed skate park.
Director Porter responded that he had looked into the issue and that it is not feasible to allow bicycles in the proposed skate park because they would do damage to the surface that is planned.  In addition, the guidelines of the Park District’s insurance carrier, PDRMA, state that it is not safe to have bikers, skateboarders and in line skaters using the same facility at the same time.
Commissioner Brault asked that staff talk to other communities which have skate parks regarding the feasibility of allowing BMX Bicycles to use these facilities, and procedures which are used if bikes are allowed in their skate parks.
APPROVAL OF VOUCHER LIST:
Commissioner O’Malley moved and Commissioner Cohen seconded a motion to approve the Voucher List in the amount of $1,151,815.39, 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, Cohen, Marcus, Miller, O'Malley, and Wolff; voting No -- None.   Absent – Commissioner Crowley.   Motion carried.
COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Parks and Recreation
Mallinckrodt Open Land and Interior Space
Committee Chair Marcus reported that the Parks and Recreation Committee held a meeting on April 26th to listen to public comment on the proposed master plan for the Mallinckrodt park land and the Park District’s interior space in the building.  He stated that approximately 40 to 50 people had attended the meeting and 20 residents had addressed the Committee.  He noted that there was a great deal of discussion regarding the openings in the south wall at the streets abutting the Park and the removal of the north wall.  Commissioner Marcus asked Director Porter to report on the meeting.
Using a large drawing of the master plan, Director Porter identified the features which were discussed at the Committee meeting and reviewed the Committee’s recommendations.
Openings in the South Wall – There was a great deal of discussion regarding this issue. Several of the residents in attendance were opposed to any openings.  Concerns included increased traffic, parking problems, inappropriate behavior, and flooding.  It was decided to have further Board discussion prior to making a decision on whether to provide entrances to allow pedestrian access to the park. 
North Wall – The Committee, by a two to one vote, recommends removal of the north wall.  This issue generated a great deal of discussion, not only at the meeting, but also through the e-mails which have been received.   Those in support of retaining the wall noted the contemplative nature of the park and view the wall as an important part of retaining that character.  Proponents of the wall removal cited appearance, visibility, security, and the creation of an inviting atmosphere. 
Outdoor Ice Rink – The Committee unanimously recommends the inclusion of one natural outdoor ice rink.  The recommended location is Option A, which is along the north side of the park in the natural depression close to Ridge Road.
Fitness Trail – This feature consists of fitness stations primarily geared towards seniors.  The Committee, by a two to one vote, recommends that the fitness trail be eliminated.
Gazebo – The Committee unanimously recommends inclusion of a gazebo in the park.  There was some discussion about increasing the size of the gazebo and perhaps relocating it to a slightly different area in the park.
Buildings – The Committee recommends that the boiler building located closest to the Mallinckrodt LLC building be retained.  This building will serve as a storage area, possibly as a warming room for the outdoor ice rink, and could provide future opportunities for programming, if desired.  The plan calls for the removal of the garage building and associated asphalt located close to the north wall along Elmwood. 
Playground Equipment – There was some comment requesting playground equipment.  Two committee members recommended no playground equipment be included and one member felt there should be further discussion.
Walkways  -- Staff and the designer recommend eight foot wide concrete paths to allow for snow plowing in the winter and access for emergency vehicles. At the meeting, two residents indicated a preference towards the use of a more natural material than concrete for the walkways.  
Interior Space -- Director Porter noted that there was very little discussion regarding the planned indoor Park District space.  There were no objections to relocating the senior center to the building.  One resident recommended that the space not be restricted to seniors.  It was noted that the space would also be used for passive type camp programs.   
Director Porter explained that both the indoor and outdoor space will be subject to the Village’s zoning process.  He stated that If approved by the Board, the initial zoning meeting most likely will take place in July, and contingent upon Zoning and subsequent Village Board approval, construction could begin this fall.  
President Miller thanked Director Porter for his presentation and opened the meeting for public comment.
Russ Olsson, 1620 Forest referred to a letter he had written in favor of retaining the north wall at Mallinckrodt.  He stated that the walls are an important part of  Mallinckrodt’s history and that as far as he is concerned, Mallinckrodt is more of a garden than a park.  He noted that beautiful English gardens are walled.  Mr. Olsson stated that other than the issue of removing the wall, he thinks the proposed plan is fine.
Connie Peterson, 917 Columbus stated that traffic is already very heavy on Columbus and if the wall is opened on that street, there will be many more parking and traffic problems.  She doesn’t feel it would be a good idea to have an entrance to the park on that street.
Roseann Goritz, 1932 Lake Ave. stated that Columbus is very small and narrow and she feels there would be numerous traffic, parking, and safety problems in the neighborhood if there is an entrance to the park.
Michelle Bamberger, 913 Columbus cited not only parking and traffic problems on Columbus, which is a very narrow street, but also the possibility of creating even more flooding on the street
Matthew Hartigan, 935 Harvard stated that he has concerns about opening the south wall at Harvard.  He noted that there are already parking, traffic and flooding problems on the street.  He stated that last weekend he had done an informal study of the neighbors, and seven families were against opening the wall, three families wanted the wall open, and three families were unavailable for comment.  He also noted that there is a family on the street that requires the services of an emergency medical vehicle several times a year, which may be impacted by parking and traffic problems that could occur as a result of the park entrance.
President Miller thanked all who spoke.
Commissioner Marcus moved and Commissioner Wolff seconded a motion to authorize staff to prepare a zoning application for the Mallinckrodt open space and Park District space within the Mallinckrodt Building in accordance with the plans approved by the Board of Park Commissioners.
Prior to the Board vote on the motion, it was agreed to hold Board discussion and to vote on each component of the plan individually.
Commissioner Marcus moved and Commissioner Wolff seconded a motion to withdraw the current motion and defer it for presentation later in the meeting.
By a roll call vote on the motion to withdraw the original motion, voting Yes -- Commissioners Brault, Cohen, Marcus, Miller, O'Malley, and Wolff; voting No -- None.   Absent – Commissioner Crowley.   Motion carried.
There was extensive discussion on the matter of the openings in the south wall and the removal of the entire north wall.  Director Porter explained that the removal of the north wall would not be a zoning issue, as the Village Zoning Code discourages fences in areas that abut streets.  He stated that due to potential parking, traffic, and flooding problems, the openings in the south wall may become a zoning issue.  He noted that it is possible that the Park District and the Village could work together to alleviate the flooding problems on the college streets if the walls are opened.  A solution to the flooding problems could result.  With regard to parking and traffic, it was pointed out that permit parking could be approved by the Village, and that the entrances would allow for pedestrian traffic only.  Commissioner Cohen stated that she felt that a good case had been made for the north wall to remain, and she was also sympathetic with the concerns of the neighbors to the south.  Commissioner Marcus stated that he is opposed to keeping the north wall, as it is important that the park be completely open since it is a community park for the entire Village.  He stated that the landscaping will be beautiful and there will be better visibility for security purposes.  It was also noted by Commissioner Marcus that there is a concern that if the wall remains, the residents of the condominiums may have the impression that it is their private park.  He added that he is willing to consider the concerns of the residents who live on the south wall side.  During discussion, Commissioners Wolff and O’Malley supported taking down the north wall, but expressed concerns about openings in the south wall at the streets, especially Columbus.  Commissioner Brault felt it was important to remove the north wall to make the park inviting to the entire community.  He also supported the openings in the south wall as proposed, but felt it was necessary to make sure that the Park District deals with potential flooding problems.  President Miller agreed that the north wall should be removed for accessibility, security, and aesthetic purposes.  He felt that the proposed landscaping, which will replace the concrete wall, will add to the garden-like atmosphere. He noted that there seem to be major concerns about the south wall openings, and there was discussion about polling the residents of the streets regarding the south wall entrances.  It was decided not to proceed with a poll.   Director Porter noted that during the original public hearings on the open space, there had been requests to provide openings in the south wall for entrances to the park as well as to either remove or provide openings in the north wall.  He added that e-mails and communications received regarding this issue have been almost equally for and against the concept of openings in the south wall and removal of the north wall.
During discussion of the other components of the plan, Commissioner Brault inquired as to why the plans include retaining the chimney on the boiler building as it detracts from the aesthetics of the park.  It was explained that there is a possibility that the chimney could be used as a cellular tower in the future, which could generate anywhere from $30,000 to $100,000 per year in revenue for the District.  It was agreed that the chimney could be removed in the future if no cellular providers were interested.  Commissioner Brault also stated that he would like to see the gazebo enlarged and moved to a more central area of the park so it could be utilized for small concerts, etc.   Commissioner Wolff stated that he felt a playground should be included in the plans.  It was pointed out that the plans are for as passive a park as possible and that there are at least three playgrounds within walking distance of the park.  The interior space of the building was briefly discussed and there were no objections to the proposed plans or to the relocation of the senior center to the Mallinckrodt Building. 
There was discussion regarding the walkways and walkway lighting.  It was agreed that the eight foot concrete walkways would be the best alternative to allow for snow plowing and emergency vehicles, and that the proposed walkway lighting would be necessary for security purposes, and would be unobtrusive.  
During discussion, Commissioner Cohen inquired about washroom facilities and drinking fountains.  Superintendent Lambrecht explained that there would be four drinking fountains in the park and that the washroom facilities would be located in the Park District’s space in the south end of the building.  Commissioner Cohen asked if it would be possible to put washroom facilities in the boiler building, but it was explained that because the floor in the building is substantially higher than ground level and is reached by a staircase, the washroom would not be in compliance with ADA regulations.  Director Porter added that, if necessary, portable facilities could be used.  He stated that there are now some very attractive portable facilities, such as were used at the golf course during the clubhouse construction.
There was short discussion regarding the interior space in the building with no revisions recommended to the proposed plan.
Commissioner Brault moved and Commissioner Marcus seconded a motion to approve an opening in the south wall of Mallinckrodt at Columbus.
By a roll call vote, voting Yes -- Commissioner Brault; voting No -- Commissioners Cohen, Marcus, Miller, O'Malley, and Wolff.  Absent – Commissioner Crowley.   Motion failed.
Commissioner Marcus moved and Commissioner Brault seconded a motion to approve an opening in the south wall of Mallinckrodt at Cambridge Lane.
By a roll call vote, voting Yes -- Commissioners Brault, Marcus, and O’Malley;  voting No -- Commissioners Miller and Wolff; Abstaining -- Commissioner Cohen. Absent – Commissioner Crowley.   Motion carried.
Commissioner Brault moved and Commissioner Marcus seconded a motion to approve an opening in the south wall of Mallinckrodt at Harvard Lane.
By a roll call vote, voting Yes -- Commissioners Brault, Marcus, and O’Malley;  voting No -- Commissioners Miller and Wolff; Abstaining -- Commissioner Cohen. Absent – Commissioner Crowley.   Motion carried.
Director Porter noted that the plan will be revised to eliminate the opening of the south wall on Columbus. He stated that arrangements will be made for an engineering analysis of the planned openings on Cambridge and Harvard.
Commissioner Marcus moved and Commissioner Wolff seconded a motion to remove  the entire north wall at Mallinckrodt.
By a roll call vote, voting Yes -- Commissioners Brault, Marcus, Miller, O’Malley and Wolff;  voting No -- Commissioner Cohen.  Absent – Commissioner Crowley.   Motion carried.
Commissioner Marcus moved and Commissioner Brault seconded a motion to approve a natural ice skating area in the northeast corner of Mallinckrodt.
By a roll call vote, voting Yes -- Commissioners Brault, Cohen, Marcus, Miller, O’Malley and Wolff;  voting No – None.  Absent – Commissioner Crowley.   Motion carried
Commissioner Brault moved and Commissioner Marcus seconded a motion to approve a fitness station trail in Mallinckrodt
By a roll call vote, voting Yes – Commissioner Wolff; voting No -- Commissioners Brault, Cohen, Marcus, Miller, O’Malley. Absent – Commissioner Crowley.   Motion failed.
Commissioner Wolff moved and Commissioner Cohen seconded a motion to include playground equipment at Mallinckrodt.
By a roll call vote, voting Yes -- Commissioners Marcus and Wolff; voting No – Commissioners Brault, Cohen, Miller, and O’Malley.  Absent – Commissioner Crowley.   Motion failed
Commissioner Brault moved and Commissioner Marcus seconded a motion to approve a gazebo in the center of the park which would be suitable for small events in the park.
By a roll call vote, voting Yes -- Commissioners Brault, Cohen, Marcus, Miller, O’Malley and Wolff;  voting No – None.  Absent – Commissioner Crowley.   Motion carried
Commissioner Marcus moved and Commissioner Cohen seconded a motion to approve demolition of the garage building and adjoining asphalt located on the Mallinckrodt property.
By a roll call vote, voting Yes -- Commissioners Brault, Cohen, Marcus, Miller, O’Malley and Wolff;  voting No – None.  Absent – Commissioner Crowley.   Motion carried
Commissioner Marcus moved and Commissioner Wolff seconded a motion to retain the boiler building at Mallinckrodt.
By a roll call vote, voting Yes -- Commissioners Brault, Cohen, Marcus, Miller, O’Malley and Wolff;  voting No – None.  Absent – Commissioner Crowley.   Motion carried
Commissioner Marcus moved and Commissioner O’Malley seconded a motion to retain  the chimney on the boiler building at Mallinckrodt .
By a roll call vote, voting Yes -- Commissioners Cohen, Marcus, Miller, O’Malley and Wolff;  voting No – Commissioner Brault..  Absent – Commissioner Crowley.   Motion carried
Commissioner Marcus moved and Commissioner Wolff seconded a motion to approve construction of 8 foot wide concrete walkways at Mallinckrodt
By a roll call vote, voting Yes -- Commissioners Brault, Cohen, Marcus, Miller, O’Malley and Wolff;  voting No – None.  Absent – Commissioner Crowley.   Motion carried
Commissioner Marcus moved and Commissioner Wolff seconded a motion to approve walkway lighting at Mallinckrodt.
By a roll call vote, voting Yes -- Commissioners Brault, Cohen, Marcus, Miller, O’Malley and Wolff;  voting No – None.  Absent – Commissioner Crowley.   Motion carried
Commissioner Marcus moved and Commissioner Cohen seconded a motion to approve construction of a pergola at Mallinckrodt.
By a roll call vote, voting Yes -- Commissioners Brault, Cohen, Marcus, Miller, O’Malley and Wolff;  voting No – None.  Absent – Commissioner Crowley.   Motion carried
Commissioner Marcus moved and Commissioner Wolff seconded a motion to approve the plans for the indoor space at Mallinckrodt as presented.
By a roll call vote, voting Yes -- Commissioners Brault, Cohen, Marcus, Miller, O’Malley and Wolff;  voting No – None.  Absent – Commissioner Crowley.   Motion carried
Commissioner Marcus moved and Commissioner Wolff seconded a motion to authorize staff to prepare a zoning application for the Mallinckrodt open space and Park District space within the Mallinckrodt Building in accordance with the plans approved by the Board of Park Commissioners.
By a roll call vote, voting Yes -- Commissioners Brault, Cohen, Marcus, Miller, O’Malley and Wolff;  voting No – None.  Absent – Commissioner Crowley.   Motion carried
Commissioner Marcus moved and Commissioner Wolff seconded a motion to authorize staff to seek bids for the removal of the north wall and garage building on the Mallinckrodt property.
By a roll call vote, voting Yes -- Commissioners Brault, Cohen, Marcus, Miller, O’Malley and Wolff;  voting No – None.  Absent – Commissioner Crowley.   Motion carried
New Trier Rowing Club Request
Commissioner Marcus reported that the Parks and Recreation Committee held a regular committee meeting on April 10th  at which time,  the Committee reviewed a request from the New Trier Rowing Club asking that the Park District support their efforts to attain a launch site on the North Shore Channel near the Sheridan Road bridge. Commissioner Marcus explained that currently, the New Trier Rowing program has over 100 participants, and they share use of a facility, which is operated by the Skokie Park District at Oakton Street, with several other users. The Rowing Club stated scheduling conflicts and distance as the reasons that they are seeking a facility of their own.
Commissioner Marcus moved and Commissioner Wolff seconded a motion to authorize the President to send a letter to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District indicating the Park District’s support for leasing an area along the North Shore Channel to allow for the installation of a rowing center for the New Trier Rowing Club as recommended by the Parks and Recreation Committee.
During discussion, Director Porter explained that the property in question is currently leased by the Wilmette Park District from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, and subsequently sub leased to the Peter Jans Golf Course   He noted that the area in question is not a part of the golf course and the Peter Jans Board does not have a problem with this request.  Director Porter stated that the New Trier Rowing Club is requesting that a letter be sent stating that the Park District supports the New Trier Rowing Club’s request
By a roll call vote, voting Yes -- Commissioners Brault, Cohen, Marcus, Miller, O’Malley and Wolff;  voting No – None.  Absent – Commissioner Crowley.   Motion carried
Golf Operations – In Committee Chair Crowley’s absence, Commissioner Marcus reported that the Committee met on April 22nd.  Restaurant Manager Cliff Butler reported that the changes in the restaurant format , using a walk-up window, have made the service better and faster for golfers.  In response to an inquiry from a visitor at the meeting, it was stated that the Friday Fish Fry, which was concluded in April, will resume in the fall.
Golf Manager Dennis Callaghan reported that as of April 22nd, rounds of golf totaled 3,110, which is up 718 or 30% from last year.  Memberships are currently at 500 with 51 women from the leagues still needing to purchase their memberships.  Last year’s total membership was 665 and staff expects to exceed that number this year. 
Commissioner Brault expressed concerns that a majority of the golfers are non residents and he feels that it makes it difficult for residents to play at the course.  He suggested that staff look into ways to reverse that trend and have more residents than non-residents utilizing the golf course.
During discussion, President Miller noted that the course is just getting back to normal for non resident use this season.  He also noted that when the reserved time begins, there will probably be more resident use.
Financial Planning & Policy --  Committee Chair O’Malley reported that the Committee met on April 10th.  On the agenda was discussion of the District’s technology needs.  Staff reported that on-line registration had been put on hold after discussions were held with a consulting firm and it was recommended that an analysis be performed of the District’s short and long term information technology needs.  Originally in the 2006 budget were funds for implementation of on-line registration from the current software provider which would go into effect in October of this year.  However, staff reported that a revised timeline of the March 2007 Spring/Summer registration is now the target for implantation of on line registration.  Commissioner O’Malley also reported that a decision was made to contract for administrative computer IT services at this time instead of filling the budgeted IT position.  He explained that these services would concentrate on the approximately 65 personal computers throughout the District.  He noted that the annual cost of the new contracted services is $14,040 as compared to the $65,00 that was budgeted this year for an IT staff position with wages and benefits.
Commissioner O’Malley moved and Commissioner Cohen seconded a motion to authorize the President to sign an agreement with Business Technology Partners for   review of existing computer systems and strategic planning development in the amount of $12,160 subject to final review by Park District Counsel as recommended by the Financial Planning and Policy Committee.
By a roll call vote, voting Yes -- Commissioners Brault, Cohen, Marcus, Miller, O’Malley and Wolff;  voting No – None.  Absent – Commissioner Crowley.   Motion carried
Commissioner O’Malley further reported that the Committee also discussed plans for an Internal Control Review, which would be undertaken over a three year period.  He explained that the District’s regular auditing firm is prohibited by law from doing this special audit.  Commissioner O’Malley stated that staff will be interviewing firms and will make a recommendation to the Committee and the Board.
Commissioner O’Malley also reported that the Committee discussed banking services.  After reviewing proposals, staff stated that at this time they did not see any benefit to changing banks, and the Committee concurred.
Commissioner O’Malley concluded his report by stating that there was short discussion by the Committee on Voucher List enhancements requested by Commissioner Brault.  Also discussed was the topic of funding options for a second sheet of ice.
Ice Expansion Task Force --  Commissioner O’Malley reported that drawings and a scale model of the proposed second ice rink at Centennial have been completed.  The Task Force is meeting on May 10th.
DIRECTOR’S REPORT:
Director Porter noted that last year, the Thornwood Park neighbors sponsored and produced concerts in June and July, which were very well received in the area.  He reported that this year, a group of neighbors has requested permission to stage two events at Maple Park, also in June and July.  The Board concurred that this is a wonderful use of the parks.
NEW BUSINESS:
Commissioner Wolff moved and Commissioner O’Malley seconded a motion to approve Resolution 2006-R-6, A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING INTERVENTION IN A PENDING PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENT APPEAL (LDP MANAGEMENT, 400--416 LINDEN AVE.)
Commissioner Brault inquired as to why the Park District is involved in these matters.  He asked what the rationale is for the intervention in challenging property owners’ assessment appeals.
Director Porter noted that these appeal challenges only concern large amounts when the appeal is for an assessment reduction of $100,000 or more.  If the appeals are successful, the lost tax revenue would be redistributed among the other taxpayers in the community.  Business Manager Kush added that successful challenges could also impact the future levies of the local governments involved.
By a roll call vote, voting Yes -- Commissioners Brault, Cohen, Marcus, Miller, O’Malley and Wolff;  voting No – None.  Absent – Commissioner Crowley.   Motion carried
Commissioner Wolff moved and Commissioner Marcus seconded a motion to approve Ordinance 2006-O-3, AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING AND PROVIDING FOR THE SALE OF SURPLUS PROPERTY OF THE WILMETTE PARK DISTRICT, COOK COUNTY, IL.
By a roll call vote, voting Yes -- Commissioners Brault, Cohen, Marcus, Miller, O’Malley and Wolff;  voting No – None.  Absent – Commissioner Crowley.   Motion carried
Commissioner Brault moved and Commissioner Cohen seconded a motion to approve a contribution to the Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission in the amount of $275.00.
By a roll call vote, voting Yes -- Commissioners Brault, Cohen, Marcus, Miller, O’Malley and Wolff;  voting No – None.  Absent – Commissioner Crowley.   Motion carried
There being no further business to conduct, Commissioner Cohen moved and Commissioner Marcus seconded a motion to adjourn sine die.
By a roll call vote, voting Yes -- Commissioners Brault, Cohen, Marcus, Miller, O’Malley and Wolff;  voting No – None.  Absent – Commissioner Crowley.   Motion carried
The meeting was adjourned at 9:55 p.m.

MINUTES APPROVED JUNE 12, 2006