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, JANUARY 9, 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, Jim Crowley, Richard Marcus, Dennis O’Malley, Henry Wolff, Secretary/Director Terry Porter

STAFF: Business Manager George Kush, Superintendents Grisamore and Lambrecht

VISITORS: S. Rosenthal

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: 

Commissioner Crowley moved and Commissioner O’Malley seconded a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of December 5, 2005.

By a roll call vote, voting Yes -- Commissioners Brault, Cohen, Crowley, Marcus, Miller, O'Malley, and Wolff; voting No -- None.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS & CORRESPONDENCE:  President Miller acknowledged receipt of the following:

. . . Letter dated December 10, 2005 from Eleanor A. Guzzio, 2030 Elmwood expressing opposition to the Ronald Knox Montessori School proposed expansion and asking that the Park District keep her informed regarding any Park District and Ronald Knox discussions about landscaping issues.

. . . Copy of letter dated December 14, 2005 from Director Porter responding to Ms. Guzzio and assuring her that any discussions with Ronald Knox Montessori School would be conducted in public.

. . . Letter dated December 13, 2005 from Dave Arreguin,  Director of Loyola Academy Hockey Club’s annual Thanksgiving Tournament thanking the Park District for the use of  the Centennial Ice Arena and commending Ice Manager Terry Juliar and his staff for their hard work and hospitality.

. . . E-mail dated December 29, 2005 from Alex Manzara, 600 Linden recommending that the Park District brochures be provided only on the District’s website to eliminate the printing and postage costs.  He also requested that the Commissioners’ e-mail addresses be listed on the  website.

. . . Letter dated December 19, 2005 from Ted Flickinger, PHD, Executive Director of the Illinois Association of Park Districts regarding the benefits the organization provides for the Park District.

. . . Letter dated January 5, 2006 from Audrey Levine, 2734 Lincoln Lane regarding fees for using the walking track at the Center Fitness Club. 

President Miller referred the letter to the Parks and Recreation Committee.

. . . Letter dated January 8, 2006 from Mark Weyermuller, 208 Lawndale expressing concerns about Family Open Gym at the Community Recreation Center.

Director Porter reported that staff had contacted Mr. Weyermuller and the issue had been resolved.

APPROVAL OF VOUCHER LIST:

Commissioner O’Malley moved and Commissioner Cohen seconded a motion to approve the Voucher List in the amount of $1,224,457.46, 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, Crowley, Marcus, Miller, O'Malley, and Wolff; voting No -- None.  Motion carried.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Parks and Recreation – Committee Chair Marcus reported that the Committee did not meet in December.  A meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 18th.

Golf Operations Committee – Committee Chair Crowley reported that the Committee met on December 3rd, at which time, the Annual Users Meeting was held.  As reported at the December 5th Board meeting, there were about twenty golfers in attendance and the comments were generally positive.  There were some recommendations which staff will investigate.  Commissioner Crowley noted that the season ended with 41,109 rounds being played, which is 2100 rounds more than last year. 

Commissioner Crowley further reported that by the end of January, staff will be presenting some recommendations for the food service operation.

At Commissioner Cohen’s request, Director Porter explained that currently, the facility is open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. and on Sunday, breakfast and lunch are served.  He also noted that there are dinners on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  On Wednesday night, there is an “all you can eat”  chicken dinner, Thursday night features “all you can eat pasta”, and Friday night is the traditional fish fry.

Centennial Operations – Committee Chair Wolff reported that the Committee met immediately prior to the Board meeting.  He stated that he will present a full report at the February Board meeting.

Real Estate Committee --  Director Porter reported that the Real Estate Committee met on December 5th prior to the December Board meeting.  At that time, the Committee reviewed a request from Ms. Janice Lee to purchase a portion of Shorewood Park adjacent to her property at 1207 Richmond Lane, and a similar request from Mrs. Macaire Trapp to acquire a portion of Shorewood park adjacent to the Trapp property at 1332 Forest Avenue.  After review of the requests and discussion, the Committee’s recommendation was that both of these requests be denied.  Director Porter explained that Mrs. Trapp asked that the Board defer the vote on her request until the February meeting. 

Commissioner Marcus moved and Commissioner O’Malley seconded a motion to authorize appropriate staff and legal counsel to prepare the necessary documents to enact the sale of a portion of Shorewood Park adjacent to 1207 Richmond Lane.

During discussion, Director Porter explained that the District does not generally sell property except under extraordinary circumstances, which is when the District has no use for the property and it has been declared surplus.  He cited the sale of small parcels of land along the Green Bay Bike Trail and the building at Mallinckrodt as examples of such transactions.

By a roll call vote, voting Yes – None; voting No -- Commissioners Brault, Cohen, Crowley, Marcus, Miller, O'Malley, and Wolff.  Motion failed.

President Miller, who chairs the Real Estate Committee, noted that at the December 5th meeting, the Committee had also reviewed a request from Ms. Judith Yablong and Mr. Sam Judlo to support their petition to purchase property from the Village of Wilmette.  This petition included the Park District receiving some property adjacent to Community Playfield at no charge.  President Miller stated that the Committee felt that the Park District should take no position on this issue.

DIRECTOR’S REPORT:

Director Porter reported that this was the first holiday season in years when outdoor ice was available due to the very cold weather experienced in December.  However, due to the current unseasonably warm weather in January, the outdoor ice is no longer available and probably is finished for the season.  There were outdoor rinks at Gillson Park, West Park, Thornwood Park and Maple Park.  Director Porter said that there is a possibility of having outdoor ice at Mallinckrodt in the future, which may be in addition to  the current outdoor ice rink locations or replace one of the current locations.

NEW BUSINESS:

Commissioner O’Malley moved and Commissioner Cohen seconded a motion to schedule an Administration Committee meeting for the purpose of conducting a Budget Workshop on Monday, January 30, 2006 at 6:30 p.m. to be held at the Wilmette Golf Club.

By a roll call vote, voting Yes -- Commissioners Brault, Cohen, Crowley, Marcus, Miller, O'Malley, and Wolff; voting No -- None.  Motion carried.

There being no further business to conduct, the meeting was adjourned at 7:45 p.m.


MINUTES APPROVED ON FEBRUARY 13, 2006