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, FEBRUARY 14, 2011
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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 O’Malley thanked everyone for attending and for voicing their opinions on the proposed cell antenna at the Centennial facility. He also stated that at the Centennial Operations Committee meeting prior to this one, no decision had been made on the proposed cellular installation at Centennial and tonight is the first time this issue has been debated by the full Board in an open meeting. Everyone’s opinion is very valuable and the Park Board is anxious to hear their thoughts.

President O’Malley called the meeting to order at 7:40 p.m.

PRESENT: President Dennis O’Malley; Commissioners James Brault, James Crowley, Darrell Graham, David Miller, Michael Murdock, and Henry Wolff; Secretary/Director Stephen Wilson

ABSENT: None

STAFF: Superintendents Bingham, Bowen, Eppelheimer, and Lambrecht; Communications Manager Donoghue

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

Commissioner Murdock moved and Commissioner Miller seconded a motion to approve the minutes of the January 10, 2011 Regular Board Meeting.

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


COMMUNICATIONS & CORRESPONDENCE

President O’Malley indicated a lot of correspondence was received on the proposed cell tower and several were included in the Board meeting packet. In addition, a few emails were received today and they are listed below.

…. A Letter from Sheldon Epstein indicating his support of the application to erect a cellular antenna at Centennial.

… Email from Sam Gambacorta expressing his concerns about the proposed cellular antenna at Centennial. (Email attached)

… Email to Commissioner Brault from Chuck Smith of the Wilmette Hockey Association (WHA) regarding the cell antenna issue.

… Email to the Wilmette Park Board from Mike Mullally requesting the Park District terminate the proposed plan for a cell antenna at Centennial.

VISITORS: See attached

RECOGNITION OF VISITORS:

Brad Martin, 300 Apple Tree Lane  stated he lives near the Centennial Recreation Center. He and his two daughters are involved in many Park District activities and have always supported the Park Board. He spoke earlier tonight at the Centennial Committee meeting but wanted to reiterate his feelings on the issue. He does not feel comfortable with a cell antenna being installed on the roof and is requesting that the Park Board take immediate action to cease further negotiations with Callahan Communications and that AT&T pull its special use application from the Village’s Zoning Board. He stated the Telecommunications Act of 1996 is over 15 years old and is antiquated. The Park Board should not be comfortable with the standard FCC guidelines since they do not protect or address the biological effects of long-term radiation exposure. The EPA has also stated specifically that the current guidelines may be insufficient to protect humans against exposure. The Park Board as owners of Centennial should be known not as the regulatory body but rather as acting in its proprietary capacity on deciding whether or not to enter into a lease with AT&T. This fact was confirmed with various zoning attorneys and acknowledged by the Wilmette Village Manager in an email exchange through FOIA. It is hoped the Park Board makes a prudent and cautious decision, to listen to the voices of Wilmette’s concerned citizens, and make a final decision based on the information provided.

Dennis Brickman, 2240 Wilmette Avenue, stated he grew up in Wilmette and now has a son age 11 and a daughter age 13 and is a coach of the 5th grade Wolves basketball team. He is also a professional licensed engineer for the State of Illinois specializing in product safety including cell phone towers. He also had an article published in the National Safety Council’s Journal of Safety Research called The Safety Hierarchy. The first priority is to eliminate the risk or hazard. The risk in this case is the potential likelihood of encountering a hazard. He has gone over all the country investigating accidents and has an entire array of protection suits, helmets, etc. His job is very dangerous and when he comes home he would not have any personal protection for his own backyard if this proposal passed. He has also worked in other suburban park districts and had similar issues not only with the cell tower but also with erecting billboards on park district property as a revenue source that were then eventually turned down. He reminded the Board about the Park District’s Mission Statement which is “to enrich the quality of community life and promote wholesome activities through creative programming for people of all ages and abilities while protecting open space and natural resources for future generations.” 

Susan Kleiger, 2341 Meadow Drive South, stated the petition included in the binders has over 550 signatures, both electronically and on paper, and were gathered in only two weeks. In addition, between the Centennial Committee and the Park Board meeting this evening she received ten additional signatures. Had there been more time there would be many more. This is an issue which affects and is important to the entire community. People are concerned about the health, safety, beauty, cleanliness and character of this community. She thanked those residents who have come forward on this issue and the Park Board for listening. She asked the Board to continue to listen to their constituents and do what is in the best interests of this community. 

Phyllis Rothschild, 440 Cove Lane, stated she has lived in Wilmette for more than 35 years and her children have gone to Centennial for many activities. In her career as a realtor, she has had property listings where there are wires nearby and buyers have passed by these listings and their property values have decreased. The future of Wilmette is to have more families moving here so why would the Board want to negatively impact the properties around Centennial. The Board needs to consider another location if this is something it intends to move forward on.

Sheldon Hirsch, 516  Meadow Drive, stated he is a physician/scientist with several years of experience and knows how physicians and scientists think about the studies being discussed tonight. He has his own publications in medical and scientific journals and almost over 30 years experience in reviewing medical and scientific literature. His concern on the studies is that they understate the potential risk to people. In this case, there is a very high risk group who would be placed in the radiation field on a daily basis for many hours all summer long and in the winter and the high risk exposure to children was not addressed in these studies. He stated there is no such thing as proof in medicine and physicians look at what is called a risk/benefit analysis. There is a level of evidence here which is quite similar to that which guides most of the decisions physicians make. This level of evidence is also taken very seriously by the medical community and by several organizations including the World Health Organization as well as other communities who forbid cell phone towers on schools or park buildings. Physicians tend to follow in the direction of safety and refrain from providing any treatment that may possibly harm someone. He strongly suggests the District not ask the question if this is proven but rather to think in the manner in which physicians and scientists usually do which is to do no harm. He urged the Park Board to apply that typical level of analysis that physicians use to the scientific issues of the cell phone towers.

Commissioner Murdock thanked Dr. Hirsch for sending an email Village Manager Tim Frenzer which all the Park Commissioners reviewed. It was very enlightening and helpful in discussing the different role the Park Board has compared to the Village or Zoning Boards and also thanked Tim Frenzer for preparing that for the Park Board. Commissioner Murdock asked Dr. Hirsch if his issue with the tower was because of the location or does he believe the community should be looking at all of the cell phone towers in the community. Dr. Hirsch replied that was a complicated question and that obviously there are many issues involved. What concerns him most is simply the fact that this proposed tower would be over the heads of children who swim there 120 days per summer for almost four hours per day. Everyone uses cell phones and knows they are here to stay and cell towers need to go somewhere. But in light of the principal of “do no harm”, one must use as few as possible and put them in the least populated areas. The last thing you would want is to put them over the heads of our children.

At this point, President O’Malley wanted to clarify that the Park District had been given the proposal but that the Board did not approach AT&T and tell them to install it at Centennial. 

Philip Schmidt, 2407 Concord Lane, stated he is two houses directly west of Centennial and has AT&T cell phones that work just fine. He and his family have lived in Wilmette for 22 years and utilize the Centennial facility as well as the park. They have also been supportive during the building of the recreation center and the aquatic center since these were important to the community and its families. However, he is now concerned on multiple fronts. A structure would need to be built to house the cell antenna and the garbage cans would probably be moved closer to their homes. There would also be a negative impact on the value of their homes along with the health impact. He strongly asks the Park Board to forego the $36,000/year in revenue to avoid exposing their children to this health risk. If the Park District is concerned about the revenue, then just raise the fees.

Houygang Ye, 2143 Sandy Lane, stated he lives in Wilmette, has a PhD in electrical engineering and has worked in several industries for more than 15 years. As an immigrant he has heard that many people have lived here for many years and he loves this community as much as anyone. When doing studies, not only do they look at America’s FCC standards but also at other telecommunications industries in other countries. When talking about safety, the FCC states they have never found any health risks but they never say it is safe because no one can guarantee it. Ninety percent of Wilmette is already in AT&T’s coverage area and everyone is saying their cell phone is working perfectly so why is this west side location needed. AT&T is saying they need it so they can go to commercial entities and tell them they have the best coverage in the nation. Cell towers usually have a fence around them so that people on the ground are kept a minimum distance from the tower. If the antenna is placed on the roof, the people inside the facility who may be on an upper floor are unprotected. He asked the Board to think about the families and consider the issues.

Lisa Finks, 2303 Old Glenview Road, stated she has three children who spend a lot of time at Centennial. She also thanked the Board members for their service to the community. What everyone is talking about tonight is the proposed cell tower at Centennial which is ground zero for children’s activities. Placing the cell antenna there is very risky for many reasons. Studies show that there is a cause and link between cancer and negative health effects. The results of these studies are in the binders and there are many of them. The FCC guidelines regarding emission are 15 years old and the Park District never took into account the problems with long-term exposure, depreciating property values and possibly exposing Wilmette to additional liability. Cell tower exposure is also constant and it forces radiation on children involuntary. In addition, ill-will may result from this debate on either the perceived or actual risk of health concerns and people in our community may choose to not use Centennial. She thinks the Board would agree that reasonable minds may disagree on these points – no one knows for sure about the risks. However, there is a petition signed with over 500 signatures from residents who all expressed similar concerns and are now asking that this proposed antenna lease not be pursued.

Art Lutschaunig, 1335 Maple, stated he and his wife and three daughters have unlimited texting through AT&T since 2001. In addition, he and his family use the facility about 200 days per year. He is against the proposal for many reasons but the most important is the potential health implication from the proposed tower for those who utilize the Centennial facility. He does not think the parks and facilities are in place for the benefit of a commercial entity such as AT&T. His cell phone has worked very well and there is no need to worry about cell coverage. The Village even has an ordinance against using leaf blowers during certain parts of the year to protect residents but he is not sure a cell tower at a facility used by children would fit that mantra. The Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois has asked the Park Board to consider pulling its proposal and focus instead on the potential health risks to the children. This situation reminds him of the tobacco and asbestos issues in the past. If there’s no conclusive evidence on either side, why would anyone expose our residents to potential harm and why would anyone also want to expose the community to potential liability. He has been a hockey and soccer coach for several years and whenever there is lightening or thunder, the coaches are told to pull the children off the field immediately to keep them safe. There is a very slim chance of getting struck by lightning but why is the District considering a cell tower when there may be the same chance or higher. He suggests the District get the children “off the field” and out the way of a potentially harmful situation before there is a safety hazard.

Ed Noeh, 905 Leamington, Glenview stated they are Glenview residents but their children attend school District 37. He is a private pilot and one of the planes he has flown had a weather radar unit which was essentially a microwave transmitter and weighed about 60 pounds. The manual cautions anyone against turning that unit on when people are present. As a result, he would never turn on a low-powered microwave transmitter in front of children. He thinks that this tower would be a significantly much more powerful transmitter of microwave energy than a simple weather radar unit. He cannot see having that kind of a tower in the area where children can be exposed to it.

Howard Kleiger, 2341 Meadow Drive South, thanked the Board members for their service on the Board. He elected the Board to make decisions that are good for the community and by proxy he has to abide by what the Board decides. In regard to the monetary reward being pursued by the District and the affect on real estate values the cell tower may have, scientists have done many studies and one can prove whatever one wants to. Life is full of risks and obviously this tower is a risk however small it is measured. To put the antenna on top of a children’s facility like Centennial seems like an unnecessary risk. Our society puts protections in place for our children including car seats, baby cribs, toys, and venetian blinds. Centennial is visited every day by children of our community as well as other communities. He is a user of the facility as are his friends from other communities. There are very well educated people on both sides of the issue but it is an unnecessary risk to expose our children to this tower. Just because it is legal doesn’t mean that the Park District should do this.

Ellen Kaufman, 2339 Meadow Drive South, stated thanked the Board for the opportunity to speak at this meeting as well as the meeting before. She and her family have lived in Wilmette for 18 years and for the last four years on Meadow Drive South. One of the reasons they chose this location was because they wanted to live by the park and also be close to Community Playfield. What she has heard from other residents is that this is their neighborhood park since they spend so much time there. The idea of putting up a cell tower with maybe more to follow in our parks and neighborhoods is something that all of them are very concerned about. As a result, they are asking the Board to please be respectful of the feelings of the neighborhood. She is also concerned about the green space and the effects on the wildlife. She spoke with a Senior Wildlife Biologist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and one of his main concerns and that of the department was the growing research and compelling evidence that the radiation from these towers do take a definite toll on the bird, small rodent, and bee populations. In a follow-up email he urged the Park Board to contact his office before moving forward with the installation. He also stated that people should never be present at the height of the antenna either inside a room or in a radius of 100 meter and was very concerned about the tower being so close to the pool and the slides. She stated that everyone appreciates everything the Park Board does for the Village residents, wildlife and community and asked the Park Board to consider all these factors.

Sam Gambacorta, 464 Highcrest Drive, proceeded to read the email he sent to the Board in which he stated that Wilmette is a great place to live and his family has lived here for over 90 years. The Park District has done and continues to do a great job in regard to the parks, recreational facilities and programs. As a resident he is very concerned about the placement of a proposed cell tower at Centennial and other parks including Mallinckrodt where he feels the antennas should be removed. Various studies have been done on the effects of cell antenna radiation and the safety and long-term adverse health effects are real and must be taken into consideration. As an example, cigarette smoking was considered to be okay yet now everyone knows the adverse effects of smoking. So please err on the side of caution by not installing more of these antennas on Park District property and consider the future well being of all Village residents, especially the children. The Park District should focus on what it does best and to follow the District’s mission statement. He asked the Park Board to consider drafting a resolution that would completely restrict and ban any future leasing and subsequent installation of cell antennas/towers in all areas, near or bordering any Park District building facility or park.

Dave Stein, 141 Wilmette Avenue, stated he lives north of Centennial and served for more than 20 years as a volunteer and as an employee of the village of Wilmette and the Park District. He served for five years as the office manager of Centennial Ice. One completely different concern that has not been addressed is the fact whatever type of structure is put on top of the facility will most likely have an impact on the integrity of the roof of the facility. The roof is very expensive and even with the potential revenue of $36,000 per year, placing a structure on that roof may actually void any warranties on the roof resulting in a very expensive problem for the Park District if that roof is damaged. In the past, the roof has also leaked and if workers had to go up on the roof they would be in a direct line with that radiation and any roof work would be hampered by the tower.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Centennial Operations Committee – Committee Chair Miller reported the Committee met earlier this evening and a discussion was held on the proposed cell antenna lease. The Committee voted on a recommendation for the proposed lease and two Commissioners voted for not pursuing any further negotiations with AT&T and one Commissioner abstained. The meeting then adjourned and the Park Board meeting followed.

Commissioner Crowley moved and Commissioner Miller seconded a motion to deny the request of Callahan Communication Services, Inc. as agent for AT&T to install an AT&T cellular facility at the Centennial Recreation Complex and to authorize and direct the Executive Director to notify Callahan Communications Services, Inc. and the Village of Wilmette of the Park District’s rescission of its letter dated December 7, 2010 and the Park Board’s denial of the request.

Commissioner Crowley commented that very often when there is an issue of this magnitude there are a lot of emotions. Sometimes when addressing the Board, people start out with a “you guys” attitude but no one here tonight did that either in the prior meeting or this one. Everyone is to be commended for their graciousness, respect and remembering that all of us are neighbors and part of the community. Commissioner Crowley then stated he does not think the Park District needs this cell tower on Centennial property so he will be voting to not proceed with the cell tower installation.

Commissioner Miller stated there are three key points he considered before voting against continuing the cell antenna proposal. Basically it was because of the resulting ill will in the community, the amount of money was not really significant enough to justify this ill will and also because of the aesthetics of the installation. These were all compelling reasons for him why to vote to not continue with the lease.

Commissioner Murdock asked if there was anyone from Callahan Communications present tonight. Director Wilson stated there is currently no one here but they received notice about this meeting last week. However, they were unable to make their schedules work. Commissioner Murdock stated he is very unhappy they are not present tonight to answer questions. He also stated that with respect to this planning, he had three primary issues with the aesthetics of the plan and was in attendance at the Zoning Board meeting. He saw a number of deficiencies with that plan although he is aware Callahan recently submitted a revision. He also feels there has not been adequate time to review that revision and wanted to discuss it with them this evening.

The second issue deals with the revenue. Several people pointed out that $3,000/month does not sound like a lot of money and he agrees. The District could raise fees and probably make up that revenue but it is important to take a look at the bigger picture when it comes to this revenue. The Village receives nearly $300,000 in revenue from cell phone towers and the Park District receives approximately $90,000 from our cell towers. If we approved this one proposal being discussed tonight, the total would be in excess of $400,000 which translates into millions of dollars over the years of these contracts. That is not insignificant revenue and as a Board we need to take that seriously. He has been very impressed with this Board and the fact that we take our fiduciary responsibilities to our community seriously. Someone had mentioned our users and he wants to make sure that everyone knows the District did not raise taxes or user fees at all last year and this year there were just some modest increases. Obviously sources like cell tower fees help to provide us with the flexibility to not raise taxes as much. He is concerned about that revenue source and thinks it is an important revenue source for the Park District and the Village as well.

The third issue has to do with the health concerns. Dr. Hirsch did make some very compelling arguments and they would be even more compelling if this was the first cell tower in our community. Commissioner Murdock understands the concern that people have with cell phone towers near children. The reality is that there are other cell towers located elsewhere that are close to schools and children as well. He is concerned why everyone is collectively focused on this tower as opposed to the one at Mallinckrodt or other locations in the Village. He doesn’t feel that he is competent enough to evaluate the health issue. If we decide to not go forward with this, it doesn’t necessarily mean that there might be a cell tower somewhere else in this vicinity. He fully expects that AT&T will come back with another proposal for another location in Wilmette if the proposal is not approved tonight. He is not prepared to support an application but he is also not prepared to deny the application either. He believes that Callaghan Communications should be here and he knows that there are three alternate motions to be considered tonight. However, he is not prepared to consider rejecting the proposal outright so he plans to vote against the motion to not proceed with the lease.

Commissioner Graham agreed with Commissioner Murdock on several points. First the people who commented that the revenue was insignificant are treating revenue in a flippant way when it is the revenue that drives the Park District. One cannot simply write off $36,000, or $100,000 or $300,000. One cannot do that as a representative of the community, all of whom are being taxed and paying user fees. It is a significant amount of money. Secondly, he is also troubled by the focus on this one cell tower since they are located all over the city of Chicago, all over the United States, and all over the world. He thinks that for the Board to say this cell tower is one that could marginally increase the likelihood that an individual will get cancer is misguided. If there is a protest on the cell towers, then they should all be banned. But that is not the issue here. He does feel that the community in this meeting has expressed an opinion that Wilmette does not need a cell tower at Centennial. He understands the concern of the people around that area. He will be in favor of the motion as proposed but thinks it is unfortunate that we are looking at this in such a narrow way. With that said, he will be in favor of the motion.

Commissioner Wolff stated the one thing he has observed over the 12 years he has been on the Park Board is that it has been responsive to the will of the community. Examples of this are the swimming pool project which started out as an indoor pool but then the community wanted an outdoor pool instead. The Mallinckrodt project had 500 people signing petitions to keep the park and the Park District facilitated that purchase. Another example of the community speaking out was during the Community Playfield project. As a result, he does not see any reason to change that philosophy here tonight.  He feels that if the tower increases the risk by any fraction of an amount that is still too much. Everyone needs to be educated and he does not think there is any justification or any real basis in which the Park District would benefit from this cell tower. He does not think we should change our philosophy and that as a Board we need to respond to the community. There has been no compelling reason for the Board to sign this contract since it would not economically benefit the District nor benefit our residents. Given the history of this Board and the way we have reacted in the past, the Board should vote against moving forward with the cell tower.

Commissioner Brault stated his line of thinking is very similar to what other prior speakers have expressed. There is a continuum of risk in the cell tower ranging from zero to very high when one stands in front of it. Throughout the last week or two as many of the emails were being circulated with the various studies, he took the time to read all of them. He is not an expert in this area but by reading the studies what became clear to him was that it is inconclusive because the nature of the studies is not relevant to the tower or antenna we are contemplating tonight. Some of the studies were taken from very large towers that had very large beams and some were very small and in fact did not address the specifics of our case. As a result, he has not been persuaded by the health arguments that this is something we should or should not do because we just do not know. The Board has not had the opportunity to hear from AT&T about this specific tower that is being proposed. We did ask what the nature of the broadcast would be but we have not yet received an answer.

On the merits of the health argument, he is not convinced if this is a good or bad thing but as Commissioner Murdock stated he is also disappointed that Callahan was not here to provide information regarding the risk or if any is involved. More information would have been helpful. Having said that he has been persuaded by the nature of the outcry from everyone who is here tonight and who responded to the surveys. Part of our role as Park Board members is to make our community happy. We try to keep our taxes low, regulate our fees, and look for opportunities like this to see if it is something that will benefit residents. He puts that into the continuum of what is the benefit and what the risk is. Although he is unable to take a position on the risk and does not understand it and even if  it were to be something we would consider  a nominal risk, he thinks it would be unpersuasive to just about everyone in the room. As a result, people would be unhappy with the potential that this would be a bad thing. In conclusion, he will vote to support this motion to not pursue the lease.

President O’Malley agreed with what Commissioner Crowley stated about how well the people in the audience tonight behaved and he appreciates it. Staff was approached by this group and the Board then commissioned staff to look at any type of alternative revenue sources to lower the tax burden. He does not want to fault anyone for evaluating this but he agrees with Commissioner Brault on the health issue in that he is not convinced. He is also not a scientist but this would be the tenth tower that will be going into Wilmette, not the first. We also would not be the first park district to install a cell tower. However, he does think that Centennial is not the place where it belongs. He is not saying that there should be no cell towers at any of our parks but he specifically feels that the tower does not belong at Centennial since it would be too close to the residents. He also agrees with the property value argument.

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

APPROVAL OF VOUCHER LIST:

Commissioner Murdock moved and Commissioner Graham seconded a motion to approve the Voucher List in the amount of $1,458,309.36, 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, Graham, Miller, Murdock, O’Malley and Wolff; voting No -- None. Motion carried.

Financial Planning & Policy Committee – Committee Chair Graham reported the Committee met on January 24. The primary purpose of the meeting was to discuss various compensation issues which was discussed in Closed Session.

Parks & Recreation Committee – Committee Chair Brault reported the Committee met in January and several items were discussed including a proposal to put an outdoor ice rink at Thornwood in place of the ice rink at West Park. The Committee directed staff to come back with a proposal to add the rink at Thornwood and to come up with the potential costs to add the rink. Secondly, discussion took place on the security at the sailing beach and staff was asked to come back with proposals on how to tighten security for entrance into the sailing beach inclusive of the photo ID’s that are issued to not only beach users but also to those people who are renting at the sailing beach. Thirdly, discussion occurred on the potential of allowing dogs in the parks off-leash at certain hours during the day. After consideration, it was decided not to recommend allowing dogs off-leash at anytime in the parks. As an extension of the dog discussion, the committee talked about the hours of the dog beach and staff is recommending that this summer we close the dog beach one hour earlier by moving it to 10 am in the morning and then reopening it 1½ hours earlier in the afternoon in order to facilitate some of our camps. The overall affect on users of the dog beach is that they would have an additional half- hour to use the dog beach. The Committee unanimously agreed to recommend that change. Finally we talked about a number of new revenue ideas and staff was very creative with coming up with potential revenue sources. Hopefully, some of these will be implemented.

Commissioner Murdock added that the Committee also discussed the fact that there are over 1,500 participants in gymnastics and this year there are over 1,000 participants in the two basketball programs. It is wonderful to see so many children in our community using our programs.

Golf Operations Committee – Committee Chair Crowley reported the Committee met on January 22 and the course is currently under snow. A terrific group of people showed up for the meeting to hear from golf course architect Greg Martin who provided a preliminary report and PowerPoint presentation on some possible improvements for the golf course. His ideas were very well received and he did a nice job. The plans for the course have yet to be determined with staff and the Committee in addition to determining what is realistic, what the price might be and what the timeline would be. Commissioner Brault added that the Committee directed staff to come back with some pricing for the February 26th meeting.

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

Director Wilson reported he has been dealing with the cell antenna issue so he had nothing to add to his report. Commissioner Murdock pointed out one item on the Director’s report regarding the snow storm and thanked Bill and his staff for the remarkable effort made by Bill and his staff in getting the facilities opened and the snow cleared. We only lost less than a day compared to the last snow event when the facilities were closed for three days. We also lent equipment to the Fire Department and allowed the Village to dump the excess snow at the lakefront which is another example of the way local governmental agencies work together. It was very impressive and staff should be commended.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  None

NEW BUSINESS: 

Commissioner Graham moved and Commissioner Murdock seconded a motion to approve Resolution 2011-R-4, A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF PARK COMMISSIONERS OF THE WILMETTE PARK DISTRICT, COOK COUNTY, ILINOIS, DESIGNATING FREEDOM OF INFORMATION COMPLIANCE OFFICER OR OFFICES as required by the updated Freedom of Information Act.

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

Commissioner Graham moved and Commissioner Wolff seconded a motion to approve Resolution 2011-R-5, A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF PARK COMMISSIONERS OF THE WILMETTE PARK DISTRICT, COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS, APPOINTING OPEN MEETINGS ACT DESIGNEE OR DESIGNEES as required by the updated Open Meetings Act.

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

Commissioner Crowley moved and Commissioner Miller seconded a motion to adjourn to Closed Session for discussion of the employment of a specific employee of the District in accordance with Section 2(c)(1) of the Open Meetings Act.
 
By a roll call vote, voting Yes – Commissioners Brault, Crowley, Graham, Miller, Murdock, O’Malley and Wolff; voting No -- None. Absent – None. Motion carried.

The meeting adjourned to closed session at 9:25 pm.

The Regular Board Meeting was reconvened at 9:56 pm.
 
Commissioner O’Malley moved and Commissioner Murdock seconded a motion to approve the minutes of the Closed Session of September 13, 2010.

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

There being no further business to conduct, the meeting was adjourned at 9:57 pm.

MINUTES APPROVED ON MARCH 14, 2011.