WILMETTE PARK DISTRICT
FACILITIES OPERATIONS COMMITTEE MEETING
MINUTES
September 8, 2014
6:30 p.m. - Village Hall Training Room

Attendees Present

Commissioners/Committee: Chair Shelley Shelly, Amy Wolfe, Bryan Abbott
Commissioners Crowley, Brault, Benz

Staff
Jeff Bowen, Steve Wilson, Ken Eppelheimer, Sean Flynn, Cindy Felicicchia, Shelagh Donoghue, Bill Lambrecht, Darrell Smith, Ania Kazakevich

Attendees Absent

None

I. Meeting  Called to Order

Commissioner Shelly called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.

II. Approval of Minutes

A. Commissioner Wolfe moved and Commissioner Shelly seconded a motion to approve the minutes of the August 11, 2014 committee meeting. All approved by general consent.

III. Communications and Correspondence

Commissioner Shelly acknowledged an email from Eileen Byrne commending staff at Centennial Pool for a job well done with swimming lessons.

Commissioner Shelly acknowledged an email from Christy Coughlin and the pool hours being extended. Director Wilson has addressed this with Ms. Coughlin.

IV. Recognition of Visitors

None

V. Manager Reports

A. Pool/Risk Superintendent Bowen reported on the following topics:

  • Brian Udany is on his honeymoon cruising the Caribbean.
  • The season started off being short staffed and quickly turned around.  There were four lifeguard classes held during the season. The end of the season staffing was not a concern this year.
  • Pool visits were down this year. Total visits were 89,000 versus 104,000 between 2009-2014; last year was 100,000. Commissioner Shelly requested a revenue rate comparison report that reflects the rate change. Superintendent Bowen will follow up with Commissioner Shelly.
  • The pool is closed and maintenance is being worked on.
  • Commissioner Wolfe questioned the policy in regards to dropping off kids at the pool at age 7. Staff will look into this policy.

B. Ice Rink Manager Sean Flynn reported on the following topics:

  • Centennial Ice Rinks hosted a PSA coaches’ seminar on August 17th.  The presenter was Kori Ade, the coach of Olympic Bronze medalist, Jason Brown. There were 40 coaches who attended.
  • All hockey contracts have been signed and returned.
  • Wilmette hockey tryouts are currently going on.
  • There are currently 383 skaters registered compared to 367 last year.
  • There was a power outage at Centennial this past weekend. Power went out about 3:45 p.m. on Friday. A generator was brought on site at 11:30 p.m. The ice went from 18.5 to 30.8 degrees in those 10 hours. There was a 1/8” gap pulled away from the boards. Everything was repaired and facility reopened.

C. Tennis Manager Darrell Smith reported on the following topics:

  • Tennis was also without power. Sunday was the start of permanent court time. We did not think we would have power, therefore, cancelled court times. Phone calls were made to try and get people back in on Sunday once power was restored. Staff is working on rescheduling the rest.
  • The new air conditioning and lights have been amazing in the facility.
  • The women’s travel teams will begin the 3rd week of September.
  • The annual pro shop sale is currently going on.
  • Darrell Smith introduced the District’s new paddle pro, Ania Kazakevich to the committee. Ania comes from a very strong racket sports background. She played the European Professional Tennis Circuit before coming to the states. She is currently in the top ten of paddle rankings. We are impressed with her and she is going to do a great job for the District. She has also been featured in the paddle catalog for Wilson racket sports and is going to have her picture on the cover of paddle rackets.

D. Platform Tennis Manager Ania Kazakevich reported on the following topics:

  • She thanked everyone for giving her the opportunity at the District and being part of the family.
  • Currently working on getting acclimated with the job.
  • Redoing some offerings of classes to meet more needs.
  • Presently there are 3 women’s teams versus 2 from last year and 13 men’s teams versus 11 from last year.
  • Membership deadline is September 15th.
  • Working to make the sign up procedure through the website an easier process.
  • Kid’s classes will be offered with different options.
  • An assistant will be hired if a need arises.

Superintendent Bowen stated that Ania will be working on offering some drop in programs until classes actually start when weather is more comfortable outside. He stated things had moved fast from the time Brad Smith resigned and Ania had started. There was one mistake made with a pricing increase which will be brought back to the original pricing.

There will be a kick-off open house hosted at Wilmette Platform Paddle on September 20th from 3:00-6:00 p.m. more information forthcoming.

Commissioner Abbott asked about the ammonia system at ice and what annual or periodic review is done with that. Sean Flynn stated that the staff went through training when the system was installed. He stated he does a training every six months with his building supervisor.

VI. Unfinished Business

None

VII. New Business

None

VIII. Adjournment

There being no further discussion, the meeting was adjourned at 6:58 p.m.