WILMETTE PARK DISTRICT
CENTENNIAL OPERATIONS COMMITTEE MEETING
Date: July 26, 2010
Place: Administration Office
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Commissioners: Miller, Murdock, Wolff
Staff: Bowen, Bingham, Grisamore, Johnson, Juliar, Smith, Udany, Wilson
Visitors: Sheldon Epstein
Topics of Discussion:
1) Meeting Called to Order
2) Approval of Minutes
3) Recognition of Visitors
4) Managers Reports
5) Old Business
1) The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m.
2) The Committee approved the minutes of the April 26, 2010 Committee meeting by General Consent
3) Mr. Sheldon Epstein, 224 Knox Avenue in Wilmette addressed the Committee to discuss his concerns with the music that is played at Centennial Pool. Mr. Epstein stated the volume level of the music is damaging to the hearing of children who swim at the pool and the level of music would prevent the lifeguards from hearing the cries of a drowning child. Mr. Epstein also expressed concern with the content of the lyrics and stated he thought the language was objectionable to both he and his wife.
Superintendent Bowen stated that staff has taken steps to prevent music from being played at objectionable levels. He also stated that only the supervisors have the ability to control the level of the volume and that a standard has been set to maintain the level to a reasonable level. In addition, staff has taken sound level readings that indicated the normal settings produce levels in the lower 70 dbs. Hearing damage can only occur when the levels exceed 85 dbs over an eight-hour period.
Mr. Epstein did not agree with Superintendent Bowen’s comments and questioned the qualifications of staff’s ability to conduct sound level readings. He stated the District has now been notified of his concerns and if there were something to happen at the facility, the District would be liable. Commissioner Murdock stated he had been at the facility many times this season and did not feel the music levels posed an issue while he was there. He complimented staff in the steps they had taken to prevent a situation where the volume could be raised to an objectionable level.
4) Under Managers Reports, Darrell Smith reported that tennis is in the eighth week of drills and the seventh week of camp. There has been some vandalism at the outdoor courts where the wind screens have been cut in several areas. The facility is currently being spruced up in preparation for the indoor season. Some ceiling tiles are being replaced and wall repairs and painting are being completed.
Terry Juliar reported that the Summer Ice Competition was held successfully with over 70 participants. Camp continues with over 80 campers and the facility’s locker rooms are being tiled.
Brain Udany reported that attendance is up over 15,000 compared to last year. The lifeguards were recently audited and received a “5 Star” rating for their performance – the highest rating possible. Staff levels continue to remain constant and it is anticipated the facility will be able to continue a full schedule through the end of the season. After a brief discussion, staff will modify the swimming areas of the facility after school begins to help reduce costs while keeping open both the main pool and activity pools.
5) Commissioner Miller inquired if the Wilmette Hockey Association (WHA) had reconsidered taking the ice time back that they had returned. Superintendent Bowen stated that WHA had been contacted and they responded they would take the time back if the District would move another group – the McDaniel’s group – so that the WHA would have back-to-back time slots. After discussion, the Committee members stated the McDaniel’s group should only be moved if they were in agreement. Commissioner Miller stated the District should look at taking some additional prime time from the WHA, package it with the time that was returned, and then sell it.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:45 p.m.
Minutes taken by Jeffrey Bowen.
MINUTES APPROVED ON OCTOBER 25, 2010.