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Board Meeting Minutes Jan. 4

Winnebago County Forest Preserve District
District Headquarters
January 4, 2012

Randy Olson – President Jamie Johannsen, Marketing
Judy Barnard Tom Hartley, Land & Development
Mary McNamara- Bernsten Mike Durand, Golf
Audrey Johnson Judi Day, Budget & Finance
Gloria Lind – 5:45 p.m. Mike Scheurich, Attorney
Cheryl Maggio Pam Reidenbach, Planning

Stanley Campbell Craig Peterson Mike Kearney
Michael Eickman Paul & Georgine Arena Katie Townsend
Mary C. Anderson Lenae Weichel Jim & Judy Kennon
Kevin Haas – Register Star Sebastian T. – WTVO/Fox 39 Tim Gruner

The meeting was called to order at 5:33 PM. Recording secretary Ronelle Johnson called the roll.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE Judy Barnard led the assemblage in the Pledge of Allegiance.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES Minutes for December 6 were approved.

Vacancy of Board Position – Jay Ferraro resigned at the December 6 Board meeting, due to moving out of the District. Judy Barnard made a motion to declare the seat vacant, and it was seconded by Audrey Johnson. Motion passed unanimously. The seat is declared vacant.

Selection process for filling vacant Commissioner position – The Board discussed the process of replacing a Commissioner. Randy Olson believes that the President has the power to appoint the Commissioner. Mary McNamara Bernsten reported that she had researched the State Statutes and the Forest Preserve District Code and found no provision for the President having sole authority to appoint a replacement when a vacancy occurs. She stated that according to the Statute, it is clearly a Board process. She asked Mike Scheurich to clarify this, and Attorney Scheurich stated that, regardless of the process used, it is up to a majority (four) of the members of this Board to make the selection. He added that, according to State Statute, a new Commissioner must be selected within 60 days of declaring the seat vacant.

Mary distributed materials from the Rockford Park District and described the process they used to replace a board member. She explained that there was a press release seeking candidates; a press release listing the names of the thirteen applicants; a candidate questionnaire; and a scoring system that was developed. All Park District board members ranked the applicants using the scoring system, then Director Tim Dimke and two Park District commissioners developed a short list of qualified applicants, after which a board vote was taken. Mary thinks the process worked well for the Park District and thinks it could work very well for the Forest Preserve District. She likes the idea of Tom Kalousek being a part of the process.

Judy Barnard indicated that because the Board is so new, the selection process is going to be difficult and she believes all of the Board members should be involved. She feels this Board has a good idea of what skill sets are needed.

Randy said that, since there has been so much good and bad publicity, he believes having outside people look at the process and making recommendations makes more sense in the long run. He indicated the three people outside the District on the Committee are Gary Marzorati, Pam Clark Reidenbach, and Jeri Wysong. He said all three of these individuals have great insight into what is going on with this Board.

Pam Clark Reidenbach then described the handouts that she provided at the Strategic Planning Committee meeting. She explained the application process she recommended for filling the commissioner vacancy, including a questionnaire pertinent to District ideals. She suggested that each Commissioner fill out a List of Skills form and return it to her to be used in developing a commissioner candidate application.

It was agreed by the Commissioners that the process will be laid over and added to the agenda for the January 18 meeting.

Tree removal program – Emails from several citizens concerning the pine tree removal at Roland Olson Forest Preserve were distributed with the meeting agenda, along with explanations from Tom Hartley, Director of Land and Development. The tree removal has been completed and all that is left is clean up and restoration. If anybody has petitioned the Board to speak they will be allowed to do so on January 18.

Judy Barnard invited everybody to the Moonlight Ski at Nygren Wetlands on January 8 from 4:30 to 8:30. The paths will be lit with luminaries. There will be a hike if there is no snow.

Saturday morning, January 7 at 8:30 AM Dan Williams is doing a bird walk at Klehm Arboretum.

Meeting adjourned at 5:52 PM.
Next Board meeting 5:30 PM Wednesday, January 11, District Headquarters
Next regular Board meeting 5:30 PM Wednesday, January 18, District Headquarters

Ronelle Johnson
Recording Secretary