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, AUGUST 22, 2005
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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: See attached.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

Commissioner Crowley moved and Commissioner Marcus seconded a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of July 11, 2005.

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

Commissioner Marcus moved and Commissioner Brault seconded a motion to approve the minutes of the Committee of the Whole Meeting of July 18, 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 received August 1, 2005 from Colette Cooper, Wilmette Arts Guild thanking the Park District for the use of Hibbard Park for the annual Festival of the Arts.

. . . Letter dated August 2, 2005 from Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission thanking the Park District for the annual contribution.
. . . Letter dated August 15, 2005 from Jerome Slater, 2100 Greenwood praising the new golf clubhouse.

. . . Letter dated July 18, 2005 from Patricia Hefter, 232 Charles Place expressing concerns about the conditions of outdoor tennis courts at Vattmann and Hibbard Parks.

. . . Copy of letter dated July 22, 2005 from Director Porter to Ms. Hefter responding to her concerns and explaining the plans for tennis court maintenance.

. . . Letter dated August 1, 2005 from Eileen Laurence Epstein, 1132 Michigan Ave. expressing concerns about activities at Langdon Park.  President Miller referred the letter to the Parks and Recreation Committee.

. . . Letter dated August 11, 2005 from Myrna Siegel, 2449 Iroquois Road regarding problems with dogs off leash in the parks.

. . . E-mail dated August 1, 2005 from Elaine Fandell reporting on a Coastal Management Program workshop conducted by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources on July 27, 2005.

. . . Letter dated July 30, 2005 from Ian A. Campbell objecting to the construction of a skate park in Wilmette.

. . . Letter dated July 17, 2005 from Mr. and Mrs. Martin Cohen, 327 Kilpatrick stating that a skate park in Wilmette will negatively impact the community.

. . . Letter dated August 5, 2005 from Mr. and Mrs. Martin Cohen, 327 Kilpatrick  recommending Centennial Park as the best site for a skate park.

. . . E-mail dated August 10, 2005 from Chris & Irmina Dobrowoiski, 3034 Hill Street objecting to a skate park at Hibbard Park.

. . . E-mail dated August 6, 2005 from Andrawos Morcos, 3022 Hill Street objecting to a skate park at Hibbard Park.

. . . E-mail dated August 15, 2005 from The Abrams Family, 248 Valley View Drive objecting to a skate park at Hibbard Park.

. . . E-mail from Malka Lichtor recommending that a skate park be built at either Gillson Park or West Park.

. . . E-mail dated August 4, 2005 from Adina and Danny Torchman, 3000 Hill Street objecting to a skate park in Wilmette.

. . . E-mail dated August 6, 2005 from Nancy Dann objecting to a skate park in Wilmette.

. . . E-mail from Nan and Dave Hoff, 2024 Greenwood supporting a skate park in Wilmette and recommending it be located in the field south of Wilmette Avenue and north of Centennial Park.

. . . Letter dated July 30, 2005 from Reverend John Pollard, Pastor, Saint Joseph Rectory supporting the construction of a skate park in Wilmette for the safety of skateboarders.

. . . E-mail dated August 15, 2005 from Linda and Morris Liebling, 3006 Hill Street objecting to the use of Hibbard Park for a skate park.

. . . E-mail dated August 19, 2005 from Jane Litin, 1114 Lake Avenue supporting a skate park in Wilmette and recommending either Centennial Park or Gillson Park.

. . . E-mail dated August 19, 2005 from Mark Litin, 1114 Lake Avenue supporting a skate park and recommending Gillson Park as the best site.
 
. . . E-mail dated August 19, 2005 from Fay Paras & Selma Saffrin, 416 & 412 Skokie Court regarding concerns about a skate park at Hibbard Park.

. . . E-mail dated August 19, 2005 from Karl Woodrick & Family, 3026 Hill Street objecting to locating a skate park at Hibbard Park and recommending Centennial Park as a site.

. . . Letter dated August 17, 2005 from Charlotte Adelman, 232 Lawndale Street regarding plantings at Mallinckrodt with a copy of Terry Porter’s reply.

. . . Petition signed by 8 residents of Hill Street and Skokie Court objecting to construction of a skate park at Hibbard Park.

. . . Petition signed by 6 residents of Skokie Court objecting to construction of a skate park at Hibbard Park.

Commissioner Cohen reported that a resident had reported to her that there had been an incident of unruly behavior by a small group of young people at the aquatic center.  Commissioner Cohen noted that both the resident and staff had informed her that Centennial staff had resolved the problem.

Commissioner Brault reported that he had been contacted by Richard Ford who opposes a skate park in Wilmette.

SKATE PARK:

President Miller stated that the Board would take public comment regarding the skate park issue prior to Board discussion.  He noted that the Board was scheduled to vote on whether to construct a skate park, and if the Board votes in favor of construction of a skate park, there will  be a vote on the location of the facility.

Andy Marcos, 3022 Hill Street spoke in opposition to putting a skate park in Hibbard Park.  He stated that Hibbard Park is a comparatively small park and a skate park would take away green space, create a very noisy atmosphere, encourage vandalism and unruly behavior, and would raise Park District insurance rates due to liability issues.  Mr. Marcos also expressed concerns about the annual Festival of the Arts being able to continue at that site.  He stated that if the Park District were to take a poll of the entire community, it would indicate that a majority of Wilmette residents would be opposed to having a skate park in  Wilmette.

Jack Siegel, 2406 Meadow Drive North stated that he has spoken against having a skate park at Community Playfield in the past and he noted that it is apparent that the Hibbard Park neighbors feel the same way about having a skate park in their area.  Mr. Siegel stated that a skate park would create a nuisance in any neighborhood where it would be located.  He noted that Evanston had closed their skate park due to many problems, including vandalism.  He recommended that the Board abandon the idea.

Director Porter stated that he had been in contact with Doug Gaynor, who is the  Director of Evanston Parks/Forestry and Recreation.  Mr. Gaynor had explained to him that the park where the skate park was located has always been a problem area.  The skate park had fallen into disrepair and it was not possible to properly supervise and maintain the facility.

Dr. Paul Baker, 2701 Birchwood stated that he is opposed to a skate park and noted that wherever a skate park would be located, it would be in somebody’s backyard.   He stated that Community Playfield is a heavily used park and it would be dangerous to locate a skate park there.  Dr. Baker also noted that wherever a skate park would be located would attract a different element of users and would be detrimental to the community.  He also stated that he was very concerned about injuries.
Graham Crosh, 2339 Thornwood noted that most of the people who were in attendance to protest the skate park were from the Community Playfield or Hibbard Park neighborhoods, which does not prove that the majority of the community is against having a skate park in Wilmette.  He stated that people who live near a park should understand that the park is not for their private use, but will be used for recreational purposes by the community and that skateboarders are part of the community.

George Karagas, 319 Kilpatrick stated that he is not opposed to a skate park in Wilmette, but he doesn’t want it at Hibbard Park.  He feels that a skate park at Hibbard Park would generate more noise, parking problems, congestion at an already busy park, and create even more of a hangout for teenagers.

Sorelle Baker, 2701 Birchwood stated that a skate park would change the culture of any neighborhood park and the deportment of the users would be a concern.  She felt that a skate park would bring in people from other areas, which could negatively impact the park and the neighborhood.  Ms. Baker recommended that the Board consider Gillson Park as a site as it is not a neighborhood park.  In comments made later in the meeting,  she recommended that the Park District postpone the vote and have a community wide referendum on the issue.

Alex Litin, 1114 Lake Avenue stated that with regard to concerns about injuries, people can break bones and/or hurt themselves by walking, running, and even standing still. 

Ty Frost, 909 Seneca Road felt that Community Playfield would be a good location for the skate park, and that noise would not be a factor because it would be situated quite a distance from residences.

Morris Liebling, 3006 Hill Street stated that he had visited the skate park in Winnetka.  He noted that the park in which it is located is about fifty times the size of Hibbard Park, and the closest residence is at least one block from the facility.  He expressed concerns that the Park District has not provided a detailed plan of the skate park.

Ben Lurie, 1617 Spencer stated that he would prefer Community Playfield as a location because it is so convenient to the Junior High and Highcrest School.

Adina Torchman, 3000 Hill Street stated that while she is not opposed to a skate park in Wilmette, Hibbard Park is a family park and would not be an appropriate location for a skate park.  She also has concerns about the loss of green space and vandalism.  She cited an incident when two porta potties were deliberately set on fire at Hibbard Park. 

Carl Woodrick, 3026 Hill Street stated that he is greatly opposed to a skate park at Hibbard Park because the primary users of the park are neighborhood residents.  He also feels that the park is too small to accommodate a skate park and there would be a serious loss of green space.  In addition, a skate park would attract many non residents and the taxpayers of Wilmette should not pay to accommodate non residents.

Len Primer, 3030 Hill Street stated that a skate park at Hibbard Park is not a good idea as it took two years for the police to clean up a gang problem that existed at Hibbard Park many years ago.  He feels that a skate park would attract a “bad element.”

Nancy Dann, 3017 Hill Street expressed opposition to a skate park because it would just add more cement to the community.  She is concerned that eventually there will be no green space left in Wilmette due to the excessive construction of facilities.

Jordan stated that he is in favor of a skate park because skateboarding and in line skating are excellent conditioning and fitness sports.  He would like an indoor facility.

Mark Weyermuller, 218 Lawndale stated he favors a skate park and that Hibbard Park would be the best location.  He noted that the parks of Wilmette are not just for the residents of the community in which they are located, but are for all residents of the community to enjoy and use.

Joel Dolin, 3039 Hill Street stated that since mostly junior high aged children would be skate park users, a good location would be Centennial Park. 

Joel Rosenthal, 2450 Iroquois stated that West Park would not be a good location as it is difficult to reach and the average age of skateboarders is 14, so they don’t drive.  He noted that many neighboring communities provide skate parks for their residents and there don’t seem to be the problems that are worrying many of the people opposed to the concept in Wilmette.

Tim Frost, 909 Seneca Road stated that he has been skateboarding for many years and he feels that it is a positive activity.  He has visited many skate parks in the area and finds that the participants are enjoying themselves and there don’t seem to be any of the problems that opponents have been citing.

Tony Reynes, 2609 Marian noted that discussion of screening of the park contradicts the need for visibility.

Tom Bonnie, 411 Vista Lane stated that Centennial Park would not be a good location for the skate park. It would take up more of the green space in the park, which already has many facilities.  He also feels that neither Community Playfield nor Hibbard Park would be suitable locations, and recommended that the Board find a location which would have a minimum impact on neighbors.

Katie Faught, 127 Prairie stated it is difficult for the skaters to find a safe and appropriate place in Wilmette for skateboarding and in line skating.  She feels that Wilmette needs a skate park.

Lauren Nitto, Kelsey Caspersen, Katy stated that “kids need somewhere to go to hang out and it is not safe to skate on public sidewalks.”

Sally Pfoertner, 1444 Lake Ave. stated that she would like to see a skate park in Wilmette which would be more convenient for the skateboarders and the parents who drive them.

Kevin Crowe, 2527 Laurel Lane stated that it is not a question of whether there should be a skate park in Wilmette, but the question is where the location should be.  He feels that Hibbard Park is too small.  Community Playfield is enormous and a skate park would be an additional benefit to that park.

Greg Scruve, 2606 Laurel Lane stated that a skate park would be a nice amenity, but should not be located near residences.

Don Harkins, 401 Maple noted that he has spoken in favor of a skate park for many years.  He stated that the community should not buy into the fears stated by some opponents.  He referred to the process of renovating Maple Park a number of years ago and noted that at that time, there had been opposition to many of the facilities planned for that park.  The Park District and the neighbors had worked together and come up with a plan that has been very successful and enjoyed by many residents

President Miller thanked all who spoke and stated that prior to the vote on whether or not to have a skate park, he would like to address the issue of postponing the vote and holding a referendum.  He noted that a skate park has been requested for years, and the Board agreed several months ago to investigate the feasibility and have a comprehensive discussion regarding construction of a skate park.  He pointed out that in addition to two recent public hearings, there has been extensive discussion and public comment at committee and Board meetings over the past several months.  President Miller noted that the Park Board is elected by the citizens of Wilmette to make decisions concerning the Park District mandate of providing parks and recreation for the community.  Referenda are required when expenditures over a certain level are involved.  This is not the case with a skate park.  With regard to complaints about not providing a detailed plan, he noted that in the past when the Park District had provided a proposed design, opponents to the project, had contended that they had no input and that the project was a “done deal” as had been the case some years back with Community Playfield.  The Park District had found that results were positive when user groups and the neighborhood were involved with the plan, as had been the case with Maple Park.  He stated that it is now time to vote on the issue.

Commissioner Marcus moved and Commissioner Cohen seconded a motion to  approve the construction of a skate park in Wilmette.

Commissioner O’Malley stated that he had listened carefully over the past several months to all sides of the issue.  He now feels that the Park Board needs to be proactive in providing recreational opportunities to the community and that skateboarding and in line skating are legitimate activities.

Commissioner Cohen stated that this issue has been talked about for years and it is time for the Park District to take action.  She noted that statistics support that there are no more injuries from skateboarding than from traditional sports such as soccer, hockey, football, etc.  Commissioner Cohen feels that this user group also deserves to be served by the Park District.

Commissioner Brault stated that he is in favor of providing a skate park in Wilmette.  He noted that there are many teens and preteens skateboarding in the community and it is important to provide a safe location for them to enjoy their sport.  He added that the cost should not exceed $300,000.  He also recommended that the Park District provide some type of skate board camp or class to encourage proper use of equipment and the facility.  He added that this could also help raise some money to defray some of the cost.

Commissioner Wolff stated that he is in favor of providing a skate park in the right location, which would not be near athletic fields, tot lots, etc. or too close to homes. He added that it is the Park District’s responsibility to provide recreational activities to the community and that skateboarding has become a legitimate sport in the country.

Commissioner Marcus commended all the speakers for their reasonable approach to the issue, whether for or against a skate park.  He stated that in his opinion, there is no question that it is time to provide a skate park in Wilmette.  The issue is more of location.  He doesn’t feel there would be a problem with non resident use as there are many skate parks in surrounding communities.

Commissioner Crowley stated that he is in favor of a skate park because this is a sport that has been growing steadily.  He added that he agreed with Commissioner Cohen’s comments about injury concerns and Commissioner Brault’s suggestion about providing some sort of skate park camp or class.

President Miller stated that he agrees with all the commissioners that it is now time for the Park District to provide a skate park.  He noted that this has been an ongoing issue brought up by Student Government participants.  He feels that the use of appropriate equipment and the design of the facility to make it safe and decrease the noise in the neighborhood are very important elements that must be considered in the plan.

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

After a brief recess, Commissioner Marcus moved and Commissioner O’Malley seconded a motion to locate the skate park at Community Playfield.

During discussion, Commissioners O’Malley, Brault, Cohen, and Wolff stated that Community Playfield is a location that is currently overused and becomes very congested at times, presenting parking problems.  It was also noted that there are plans to move one of the baseball fields for safety reasons, which could possibly interfere with one proposed location in the park.  Commissioners Crowley and Brault agreed that Community Playfield would not be the best site, especially in view of the fact that the School District has asked the Park District not to place a skate park at that location.  President Miller also noted that the School District had requested that a skate park not be located at Community Playfield due to concerns about distractions for the students at the Junior High and Highcrest Middle School.  He felt that the School District’s request should be honored.

Commissioner Marcus disagreed with opposition to Community Playfield.  He felt that this location would be more appropriate than other parks in Wilmette as it is currently used for soccer, baseball, etc. and the purpose of Community Playfield is to provide recreation facilities for the community.  It is not a neighborhood park, and it is centrally located in the Village.  Commissioner Marcus respectfully disagreed with the School District’s concerns about distractions to the students.

By a roll call vote, voting Yes – Commissioner Marcus;  voting No – Commissioners Brault, Cohen, Crowley, Miller, O'Malley, and Wolff.  Motion failed.

Commissioner Marcus moved and Commissioner Brault seconded a motion to locate the skate park at Hibbard Park.

During discussion, Commissioner Wolff stated that Hibbard Park is a weak compromise for location of a skate park as it is too close to residences.  He feels that the neighbors’ concerns are legitimate and that residents have the right to express opposition to having facilities such as skate parks located close to their homes.  He stated that there is no perfect location, but recommended Gillson Park as the best site for a skate park.  It is not centrally located.  However,  it is not close to residences and there is a great deal of open space in Gillson Park which could accommodate a skate park.

Commissioner Crowley stated that he disagrees with Commissioner Wolff’s statements.  If one lives near a park, they cannot expect it not to be used for recreational purposes.  He pointed out that on weekends during the season, Gillson Park is filled with people at the beach, picnicking in the park, etc.  He noted that this summer, there have been approximately 77,000 visitors to Gillson Park.

There was discussion regarding the use of Gillson Park as a site as opposed to Hibbard Park.  In response to questions from Commissioner Cohen regarding two suggested locations in Gillson Park, Director Porter explained that in one case, a picnic area, which is well used, would be sacrificed, and in the other case, parking spots would have to be eliminated.  It was noted that parking during seasonal operations at Gillson Park can be difficult.

Commissioner Brault pointed out that the motion on the floor was regarding location of a skate park at Hibbard Park, and Commissioner Marcus asked for a vote on the question.

By a roll call vote, voting Yes -- Commissioners Brault, Marcus, and Miller; voting No – Commissioners Cohen, Crowley, O’Malley, and Wolff.   Motion failed.

There was extensive discussion regarding how the Board should proceed now that both of the recommended locations had been rejected.  It was the consensus that the Board should re-evaluate all the sites discussed in the 3-D Design study. 

Director Porter pointed out that once a site is chosen, there will still be a long process before a skate park could be put into place.  He explained that there will be meetings with the user groups and neighbors to come up with a plan and that the plan would have to go through the Village’s zoning process with more public hearings before construction could begin.   He noted that this could take a year or more to complete.

It was also noted that even though the Board had voted down both Community Playfield and Hibbard Park, these locations may be considered again in the future if an alternative is not found. 

APPROVAL OF VOUCHER LIST:   Commissioner O’Malley moved and Commissioner Crowley seconded a motion to approve the Voucher List in the amount of $3,563,537.67, a copy of which is to be attached to and become a permanent part of the minutes of this meeting.

Commissioner Brault asked if the format of the Voucher List could be revised to make it less cumbersome, and Director Porter said that staff would look into the issue.

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 met on July 18th.  At that time, the Committee reviewed the ordinance regarding dogs in the parks.  He explained that a year ago, the Board revised the ordinance to allow dogs on leash at most park sites, and the amendment to the ordinance was subject to a one year trial period. Commissioner Marcus stated that the Police Department has reported no increase in dog bites as a result of allowing dogs in parks and the Committee recommends that the current ordinance be kept in place.  He explained that dogs are allowed off leash at the dog beach area at Gillson Park and at the area west of the roadway at West Park, and that dogs are allowed in other park locations on leash with certain restrictions in a limited number of areas such as at tot lots, indoor facilities, the golf course, and at Gillson Park during special events. 

Commissioner Marcus moved and Commissioner Wolff seconded a motion to retain Ordinance 2004-O-3, approved by the Board of Park Commissioners on June 14, 2004, allowing dogs on leash in Wilmette parks with certain restrictions as recommended by the Parks and Recreation Committee.

President Miller recognized the following visitors for comment on this issue.

Shael Siegel, 2149 Iroquois related an incident which had occurred when he confronted a man with an unleashed dog at Mallinckrodt Park.  He stated that the man had been abusive to him when he noted that the dog was supposed to be on leash and he had called the Police.  Mr. Siegel stated that he was disappointed with the response from the Police and there doesn’t seem to be enforcement of the leash laws. 
Myrna Siegel, 2149 Iroquois stated that she has seen many dogs, both on long leashes and unleashed in the parks, and that she had a conversation with Police Chief Carpenter regarding the number of dog bites which had occurred over the last year.  Mrs. Siegel feels that dogs should not be allowed in the parks at all and that the original ordinance should not have been changed.

Mark Weyermuller, 218 Lawndale expressed concerns about allowing dogs in parks near athletic fields.  He cited safety problems with unleashed, untrained dogs, sanitation concerns, not only with dog waste, but with dog urine, which cannot be cleaned up and which stays on the grass, and the nuisance factor with dogs running on and off the fields being disruptive and at times, dangerous.  He also noted that there are still signs prohibiting dogs in the parks even though there are clean-up bags provided at park sites, which sends a mixed message.

Director Porter explained that from a staff perspective, the current ordinance is much easier to enforce, especially on days when program activities are taking place in the parks. The Police Department has the authority to issue tickets for non compliance and is more willing to enforce the ordinance since the Park District has amended its ordinance to match the Village’s ordinance regarding dogs on public property.   Director Porter stated that as an example, on soccer Saturdays, staff is instructed to approach people who may have a dog off leash and ask them for compliance in putting the dog on leash, and of course, for people to clean up after their dogs..  Director Porter stated that staff has observed that most people have complied with the rules, and if asked by staff to please leash their dogs, most people are willing to comply. Park District staff cannot issue tickets for non compliance.  He noted that enforcement will always be more difficult at times when there are no scheduled activities because there is no staff on duty.

Commissioner Cohen moved and Commissioner Wolff seconded a motion to amend the motion to amend the ordinance to prohibit dogs from playfields.

By a roll call vote, voting Yes -- Commissioner Cohen;  voting No  --  Commissioners Brault, Crowley, Marcus, Miller, O'Malley, and Wolff;.  Motion to amend failed..

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

Director Porter stated that he will make sure that all the signs prohibiting dogs in the parks are replaced.  He added that he will work closely with the Police Department for enforcement of the rules.

Golf Operations – Committee Chair Crowley reported that the new clubhouse had opened to rave reviews.  The food service operation has received many positive comments and the golf course looks wonderful.  He noted that it had been a long process, but in the long run, the golfers and the community now have an outstanding facility that will serve them well for many years to come.

DIRECTOR’S REPORT:  Director Porter reported that seasonal operations are winding down.  The hours at  the Family Aquatic Center have been reduced due to much of the staff going back to school.  The camp programs are essentially finished and it was an extremely successful season for camps, partially due to very good weather.

NEW BUSINESS: Commissioner Marcus moved and Commissioner Wolff seconded a motion to approve Ordinance 2005-O-6, AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING AND PROVIDING FOR THE SALE OF SURPLUS PROPERTY OF THE WILMETTE PARK DISTRICT, COOK COUNTY, IL.

Director Porter noted that the vehicles which are included to be sold at auction range in age from 13 years to 31 years. 

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

Commissioner Brault stated that he had attended an outdoor event at Thornwood Park, which was sponsored by the neighborhood, and that over 400 people had been in attendance.  He added that the event was outstanding, and that there will be a movie night at Thornwood Park as the third and final event in a series of three programs offered in the park.

Director Porter stated that the Thornwood Park neighbors had done all the planning and the events proved to be very successful.  Prior to the first program, he had received two or three calls from concerned neighbors, but there had been no calls since that time.

There being no further business to conduct, the meeting was adjourned at 10:39 p.m.


MINUTES APPROVED ON SEPTEMBER 12, 2005