Laona Heights Sugar River Colored Sands Sugar River Two Rivers Ferguson Hartley Memorial Trask Bridge Four Lakes Pecatonica River Pecatonica Wetlands Crooked River Grove Creek Seward Bluffs Klehm Forest Preserve Severson Dells Fuller Memorial Cedar Cliff Indian Hill Hinchliff Memorial Kilbuck Bluffs Trailside Kishwaukee Gorge South Kishwaukee Gorge North Rockford Rotary Kishwaukee River Oak Ridge Blackhawk Springs Deer Run Espenscheid Memorial McKiski County Line Kieselburg Roland Olson Stone Bridge Clayton Andrews Ledges Hononegah J. Norman Jensen Millrace Isle Macktown Atwood Homestead Forest Preserve Headquarters

Board of Commissioner Minutes August 19, 2020

Forest Preserves of Winnebago County


Preserve Headquarters

Wednesday, August 19, 2020


PRESENT                                                      STAFF

Judy Barnard                                                   Mike Holan, Executive Director

Mike Eickman                                                 Steve Chapman, Finance – Left at 5:43pm

Jake Henry                                                      Vaughn Stamm, Preserve Operations

Audrey Johnson                                              Kim O’Malley, Human Resources/Volunteer Program

Gloria Lind                                                       Ann Wasser, Education

Cheryl Maggio

Jeff Tilly


     Alex Mills – Klehm



The meeting was called to order at 5:30 PM, by President Tilly.  Recording secretary Kristy Knapp called the roll.


PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE     Mike Eickman led the assemblage in the Pledge of Allegiance.


APPROVAL OF AGENDA and MINUTES      Minutes for July 15, 2020 were approved. Action items and new business were moved up on the agenda. No other additions were made to the agenda.



Bills for July –  Audrey Johnson made a motion, Mike Eickman seconded to authorize the payment of the bills for July in the amount of $758,893.79.  Motion passed unanimously.



Draft Budget – Fiscal Year 2020/2021 – Mike Holan gave a brief overview of the draft budget. Steve Chapman discussed the draft budget in more detail for the Commissioners.  Steve announced that the budget will be presented for layover at the next Board meeting on September 16 and then presented for approval at the October 21 meeting.  A copy of the draft Annual Budget and Appropriations Ordinance and Budget Assumptions & Guidelines for the 2020/2021 fiscal year were passed out to the Board for review.  Steve told the Commissioners if they have any questions please contact either Mike or himself within this next month.


Jake Henry proposed setting a two-term limit for the President position. Mike Holan told Jake the Board would need to pass a resolution amending the Commissioner’s handbook. Jeff Tilly asked Jake to submit a draft proposal of a resolution which could be submitted for the next Board meeting as an action item.


Cheryl Maggio asked for further discussion on the hog factory. She is asking for the Board to help in other ways than just a resolution and was wondering if the forest preserve could start an online petition. Judy Barnard discussed what information she has been given and what research she has done thus far on the proposed hog factory. Cheryl stated and Judy agreed that the initial application was submitted but the applicant has yet to submit additional information to have the intent to construct filed. After the additional information is submitted, the public has 30 days to gather and submit their petitions to ask for a public hearing. Some of the Commissioners voiced that the Governor’s office should be contacted in regards to the hog factory. Judy asked Jeff Tilly if she could put together a draft resolution, which he agreed. Mike Holan sent information to John Nelson with the Illinois State Nature Preserves in reference to Ferguson being a WRP property and Colored Sands and Sugar River Alder having Nature Preserves within them. John may weigh in on the IDNR aspect of this. Jeff thanked Judy and Cheryl for their time and efforts on the research they’ve done. The Board will plan to draft a resolution for next month’s meeting to oppose the hog factory due to environmental impact.


Mike Holan announced there will be a press conference held for the newly acquired Funderburg property. This property is the 44th forest preserve making the total forest preserve acreage 11,384. Mike is looking to hold the press conference sometime between the dates of September 14-22. Mike asked the Commissioners to let him know if a date will or will not work for them. There is a sign for the property in progress and should be completed and installed within the next couple weeks. The sign will be installed off Meridian and Montague Road. Gloria Lind asked if a tour will be done for the new property and it was decided that due to COVID-19, the Commissioners will need to tour the property on their own. The Board agreed to hold the press conference and the press release at the same time. Judy Barnard offered her assistance with the press conference and asked if it would be possible to have someone shoot drone footage of the property.



Hononegah Campground Electric Service – At the July Board meeting, there was much discussion about replacing the electric at Hononegah campground. The cost would be approximately $185,000, in addition to approximately $50,000 for required ADA improvements. As part of the 2020 fiscal year budget, money was allocated to provide for an engineering cost analysis and project design along with the electrical improvements, which is why staff is asking the Board to decide tonight on what they would like to do. Staff recommends putting the money into the other campgrounds and keeping the electric as is at Hononegah campground. Mike Holan stated the money will most likely be distributed between equipment and the other campgrounds. The Board gave a general consensus that they do not want to replace the electric at Hononegah campground. Vaughn stated that Mike and himself will work on a revised capital proposal for the funds and send it to the Board.



Preserve Operations – Vaughn Stamm, Scott Stewart, Scott Wallace, and Bryan Helmold submitted a written report.


Land and Development – Natural Resource Staff submitted a written report.


Golf Operations – Vaughn Stamm, Rich Rosenstiel, Tyler Knapp and Mark Freiman submitted a written report. Vaughn reported the theft of 6 golf carts at Atwood Homestead Golf Course.  A claim was filed with PDRMA and video surveillance will be added to the outside of the building. Jeff suggested putting a sign on the building stating cameras in use.


Environmental Education – Ann Wasser submitted a written report.


Human Resources/Volunteer Program Report – Kim O’Malley submitted a written report.


Law Enforcement – Sheriff’s Department submitted a written report.



September 19 – Nurture Nature at a R.E.A.P. Volunteer Workday at Cedar Cliff Forest Preserve,           Saturday from 9:00am – 12:00pm



Meeting adjourned at 6:40 PM.

Next board meeting 5:30 PM, Wednesday, September 16, 2020, Preserve Headquarters


Respectfully Submitted,

Kristy Knapp

Recording Secretary