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MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF PARK COMMISSIONERS OF DECATUR PARK DISTRICT, MACON COUNTY, ILLINOIS, HELD AT DECATUR PARK DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION OFFICE 620 E. RIVERSIDE AVENUE, DECATUR, ILLINOIS AT 12:00 NOON ON THE 16th DAY OF MAY, 2012 The Board of Park Commissioners of Decatur Park District, Macon County, Illinois, met in a regular session on Wednesday, the 16th day of May, 2012 at the hour of 12:00 Noon at the Decatur Park District Administration Office, 620 E. Riverside Avenue, Decatur, Illinois at which time and place there were present the following officers and members of said Board: Jack Kenny, Vice President Bob Brilley, II, Commissioner Cindy Deadrick-Wolfer, Commissioner Don Luy, Commissioner Absent: Chris Riley, President A quorum of the members of the Board of Park Commissioners being present, Vice President Kenny called the meeting to order and declared the Board to be in session for the transaction of business. The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States was recited. NO. 15353 A motion to approve items 1-3 on the Consent Agenda was made by Commissioner Deadrick-Wolfer and seconded by Commissioner Luy. Upon call of the roll all of the Commissioners voted aye. Motion passes. 1. Minutes of the previous meeting 2. Approval of the Purchase of a Replacement Rough Mower for Red Tail Run Golf Course (Capital Purchase) 3. Bills for approval and checks issued in payment NO. 15354 Park District Attorney Ed Booth explained that at the June 6th Board meeting the time schedule was changed for FY12-13 to reflect the first meeting of the month being held at 5:30 p.m. and the second meeting of the month remaining at 12:00 Noon. Prior to this being passed, a Notice was publicized for a Public Hearing to be held at 12:00 Noon on June 6th to adopt the Annual Budget and Appropriation Ordinance of the Decatur Park District for FY 2012-2013. Therefore an amended schedule needed to be adopted showing the first meeting of the month at 5:30 p.m. beginning with the first meeting in July. Commissioner Deadrick-Wolfer moved to adopt the amended schedule showing that both meetings in June will be held at 12:00 Noon. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Luy. All voted aye upon call of the roll. NO. 15355 Bid requests were sent to eight companies for asphalt replacement in Fairview Park extending from the west end bridge to the top of the hill by the rose garden. Staff recommended approval of the bid received from Dunn Company in the amount of $49,855. This roadway work is in the capital budget. Commissioner Luy made and Commissioner Brilley seconded a motion to approve the bid from Dunn Company. Upon call of the roll all voted aye. NO. 15356 Staff recommended approval of Resolution No. 2012-7 resolving the support of the Park Board of Commissioners in Phase II of the Stevens Creek Bike Trail extension through Cresthaven Park from Greendell Park and continuing to connect with the Village of Forsyth. This Resolution is required for grant purposes. Commissioner Deadrick-Wolfer made a motion; seconded by Commissioner Kenny to approve Resolution No. 2012-7. All voted aye upon call of the roll. NO. 15357 Staff recommended approval of Resolution No. 2012-8 adopting the Nelson/Chandler Parks Master Plan as an addendum to the Decatur Park District Master Plan. This Resolution is required for OSLAD grant purposes. Commissioner Luy made a motion seconded by Commissioner Deadrick-Wolfer to approve Resolution No. 2012-8. Upon call of the roll all voted aye. FOUNDATION – President Judy Locke stated that the William T. Eichenauer Wolf Art Exhibit was a successful event with over 100 people in attendance. Many nice comments were heard on the exhibit. This marks the kickoff of the Zoo’s “Summer of the Wolf.” Dorothy Morey is pleased with the work planned for the rose garden in Fairview Park. The garden will include a variety of flowers in addition to roses. Three new Foundation members include: Jim Schwarz (Dunn Company), Mindy Chadwick (community volunteer) and Margo Rozelle (Kroger). The next Zoo-rific Evening meeting will be held on May 30 at 12:00 noon at Robbie’s. Director Anderson added that the Zoo Open is Friday with lunch at 11:30 and the welcoming ceremony at 12:00 noon. On-course activities will include Break the Glass, Chip ‘n for Critters, Longest Drive with Mick Yelovich and Park District pros on the par 3’s. AIRPORT – Airport Director Joe Attwood stated that construction will begin soon on two projects: fencing and pavement replacement. The fence replacement is a government requirement and largely funded by federal money. The Airport roofing project is completely finished. Craig Coil (EDC) is helping find an establishment to fill the UPS building. OPERATIONS – Director of Operations Jim Kiefer shared that many people have voiced concerns over the emerald ash borer which slowly kills the tree from the top down. Individuals have expressed an interest in donating replacement trees, but trees of a different variety are preferred. Treating the insect would take a $1,500 application two- times per year. Staff has been receiving calls in regards to garbage in the parks. Recent vandalism has included theft of the big garbage barrels to turn in to scrap metal. When the barrels are replaced with plastic ones, however, vandals set them on fire. The Fairview Park west end bridge will be passable on Friday. The Nelson Dog Park parking lot should be ready by the middle of next week with the concrete slabs being poured. Greenhouse staff has been busy throughout the District planting annuals and perennials which were grown in the greenhouse all winter. GOLF – Director Rick Anderson shared that on May 10, LPGA pro Jennifer Song presented the Boys and Girls Club, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and our LPGA Junior Girls Golf Club with a donation from her 2012 winnings similar to her previous donation from her Ladies Pro Golf Association (LPGA) winnings. Song is a great role model for youth and a strong supporter of the game of golf. The Tate & Lyle Players Championship is the 4th longest running women’s golf tour in the world. Ms. Song’s appearance in Decatur was great recognition for the tournament and the Decatur community. RECREATION & FACILITIES – Director Becky Newton stated that the ribbon cutting for the Scovill Zoo’s new entryway, concession stand and restrooms is on Friday at 9:30 a.m. This will take place under the new archway near the new wolf window viewing area. The yellow bus season has proved to be a very busy time for the Zoo with 900 school students there earlier this week. As the end of the school year nears there will be as many as 1,600 kids at the Zoo in a day. Staff is getting ready for the opening of Fairview Aquatics Center and Fairview Tennis Complex. Youth baseball and softball opened last weekend at Rotary Park with Red Bird Rookies opening day scheduled for June 2nd. Cookin’ with the Chorale will be held the weekend of June 2-3. Representatives from the Bass Masters Tour were at Nelson Park this morning to view the grounds and area around the Lake. They were impressed with the plans for the festival and the amenities that we can offer. Director Newton reminded everyone that the District offers a sponsorship program for kids who would like to be involved in any Park District activities or programs. CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER BUHR stated that administration staff are preparing for the first visit by the auditors which will take place in mid-June. Due to paying off the early retirement plan in two years instead of the projected seven years, the District saved $150,000. This is a $300,000 savings over the budgeted amount. Ryan Raleigh introduced new full time employee Kristi Orrick as the Human Resources Manager. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR CLEVENGER responded to an article which appeared in the local newspaper regarding the elimination of replacement taxes. There is the possibility that the District could lose approximately $600,000 if this occurs. Losing that revenue stream would have a dire impact to the Park District. IAPD representatives will keep staff apprised. Executive Director Clevenger has called the District’s Legislators and encouraged the Commissioners to do the same. Ms. Childress will supply contact information to Commissioners this afternoon. COMMISSIONER COMMENTS Commissioner Brilley stated that sponsorships for the Richie Hammel Four on the Floor Car Show total $2,000 presently. The goal is to raise $10,000 with proceeds benefiting the First Tee program. Positive comments have been heard from the community in regards to the Lakefront Development project. Commissioner Brilley has also received many compliments on the condition of the ball fields. People are excited that the concession stands will be opening as well. Commissioner Kenny stated that it is good to know that City Council members are on board with the Lakefront Development. Commissioner Brilley made and Commissioner Luy seconded a motion that the meeting adjourn. All of the Commissioners voted aye and the meeting adjourned at approximately 12:50 p.m. ________________________________ President, Board of Park Commissioners ________________________________ Secretary, Board of Park Commissioners
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