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, JUNE 14, 2010
 

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 O’Malley called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.

PRESENT: President Dennis G. O’Malley; Vice President James Brault; Commissioners James Crowley, David Miller, and Henry Wolff; Secretary/Director Thomas Grisamore

ABSENT: Commissioners Darrell Graham and Michael Murdock

STAFF: Superintendents Bingham, Lambrecht, and Wilson

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Commissioner Miller moved and Commissioner Wolff seconded a motion to approve the minutes of the May 10, 2010 Regular Meeting of the Retiring Board.

By a roll call vote, voting Yes – Commissioners Brault, Crowley, Miller, O’Malley, and Wolff; voting No -- None. Absent – Commissioners Graham and Murdock; Motion carried.

Commissioner Brault moved and Commissioner Wolff seconded a motion to approve the minutes of the May 10, 2010 Annual Board Meeting.

By a roll call vote, voting Yes – Commissioners Brault, Crowley, Miller, O’Malley, and Wolff; voting No -- None. Absent – Commissioners Graham and Murdock; Motion carried.

Commissioner Brault moved and Commissioner Wolff seconded a motion to approve the minutes of the May 10, 2010 Regular Meeting of the New Board.

By a roll call vote, voting Yes – Commissioners Brault, Crowley, Miller, O’Malley, and Wolff; voting No -- None. Absent – Commissioners Graham and Murdock; Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS & CORRESPONDENCE
President O’Malley acknowledged receipt of the following correspondence:

…   Letter to President O’Malley from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago regarding the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency’s water quality standards.

…   Email to the Park Board from Karen Glennemeier thanking the Park District for designating an area of Centennial Park for a rain garden or prairie.

…   Email from Jeff Later indicating he disagrees with the essay by Richard Sobel which appeared in The Wilmette Life regarding the use of lakefront ID cards which he supports.

…   Letter to Bill Lambrecht from Charlotte Bryant of the Harper Elementary PTO thanking Kerry Blass for his help with their new school garden.

…   Email from Barbara Goodman of the Wilmette Public Library thanking the District for
partnering with them for this year’s One Book program.


RECOGNITION OF VISITORS
None

APPROVAL OF VOUCHER LIST
Commissioner Brault moved and Commissioner Crowley seconded a motion to approve the Voucher List in the amount of $2,508,673.64, 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, Miller, O’Malley, and Wolff; voting No -- None. Absent – Commissioners Graham and Murdock; Motion carried.

COMMITTEE REPORTS
     Financial Planning & Policy Committee – No report

     Parks & Recreation Committee – No report

     Golf Operations Committee – No report

     Centennial Operations Committee – Committee Chair Miller reported the Committee met this evening before the Board meeting. At the ice rink, the leaks have been repaired and tests have shown that everything is now operational. The pool has opened for the season with 69 lifeguards which should provide good coverage through the Labor Day weekend which had been difficult to do in the past. Tennis camp registration numbers are up and the camps are running. The striping of the tennis courts at Community Playfield should be completed soon and ready for play. 

Director Grisamore added that the leaking issues at the ice rink did not turn out to be as bad as originally thought. However, there were still a number of leaks found and the repairs were extensive. Staff was proactive in terms of disconnecting each stainless tube and resealing the joints. At the beginning of the project it was hoped these repairs would help the rink to last one more year but staff now hopes that the repairs will last for a few more years. At that point, a major repair expense can be included on the capital budget plan. The current cost expended on this project could be in the $40,000-$50,000 range but if the work results in a few more years of service, it would have been worthwhile.

DIRECTOR’S REPORT
Director Grisamore stated today is the first day of the summer camp season and although the weather was slightly inclement, no difficulties were experienced and some of the campers even stayed outside while it sprinkled. Swimming lessons began over the weekend for the Parent-Tot classes and daily classes started today. The lakefront has been open since the Memorial Day weekend so the summer season has now officially arrived.

Director Grisamore informed the Board that Commissioner Murdock was in the hospital with an infection in his arm and extended best wishes for a speedy recovery.

The concerts in the parks began last week. The first concert at Mallinckrodt was held last Sunday but the crowd was rather small due to the damp weather. The next concert at Mallinckrodt will be held on Sunday, June 27 with a group called “Your Local Favorite”. The Park District’s Independence Day activities will all be held in one day – Saturday, July 3 – starting with the Fun Run and Walk followed by the children’s races. Activities in the afternoon will commence at 4 pm with games, rides, attractions, food vendors and fireworks at 9:30 pm. In the Wallace Bowl there will be a “sneak preview” of our Broadway Show The Sound of Music followed by a concert featuring the Palatine Concert Band.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS
None

NEW BUSINESS
Commissioner Wolff moved and Commissioner Miller seconded a motion to approve Ordinance 2010-O-2, AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING PREVAILING WAGE RATES TO BE PAID TO LABORERS, MECHANICS, AND OTHER WORKERS PERFORMING CONSTRUCTION OF PUBLIC WORKS FOR THE WILMETTE PARK DISTRICT.

By a roll call vote, voting Yes – Commissioners Brault, Crowley, Miller, O’Malley, and Wolff; voting No -- None. Absent – Commissioners Graham and Murdock; Motion carried.

President O’Malley moved and Commissioner Miller seconded a motion to approve Resolution 2010-R-6, A RESOLUTION COMMEMORATING THE SERVICES OF MITCH BONISLAWSKI.

Director Grisamore stated that Mitch has worked for Superintendent Lambrecht in the Parks & Planning Department for 21 years. During that time he worked on projects at the Community Recreation Center (CRC), the new pool, the old and new golf clubhouse and a number of other facilities. In particular, he has done a great job of maintaining the excellent appearance of the Community Recreation Center (CRC). He has been a very good employee and we wish him well. Director Grisamore then proceeded to read a portion of the resolution.

By a roll call vote, voting Yes – Commissioners Brault, Crowley, Miller, O’Malley, and Wolff; voting No -- None. Absent – Commissioners Graham and Murdock; Motion carried.

President O’Malley stated the Board had been working on finding a successor for Director Grisamore who is retiring at the end of the year and that the Board is pleased to announce Steve Wilson will be the new Executive Director beginning in 2011. Director Grisamore congratulated Steve and added that the Board considered both inside and outside candidates but was very impressed with the inside candidates. Everyone is looking forward to Steve’s taking over and what he will bring to the table. Steve has also indicated he is looking forward to working with the Board as the District moves into the future.

There being no further business to conduct, the meeting was adjourned at 7:43 pm.
 

MINUTES APPROVED ON JULY 12, 2010