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 June 16, 2017

Forest Preserves of Winnebago County


Preserves Headquarters

June 16, 2017


PRESENT                                                                  STAFF

Judy Barnard                                                               Mike Holan, Executive Director

Mike Eickman                                                              Steve Chapman, Finance

Audrey Johnson                                                          Tom Hartley, Land and Development

Gloria Lind – 8:20am

Cheryl Maggio

Jeff Tilly

Jake Henry






The meeting was called to order at 8:00 AM, by President Barnard.  Mike Holan called the roll.


PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE    Audrey Johnson led the assemblage in the Pledge of Allegiance.


APPROVAL OF AGENDA and MINUTES      The spelling of Amanda Hamaker’s name was changed on the May 17 minutes. Minutes for May 17, were approved. No changes or additions were made to the agenda.





Bills for May – Cheryl Maggio made a motion, Mike Eickman seconded to authorize the payment of the bills for May in the amount of $579,198.17.  Motion passed unanimously. 


Prevailing Wage – In order to comply with State Statutes concerning bids on construction projects, the District is required to make available to any employers or contractors, the prevailing rate of hourly wages for tradesmen in the County of Winnebago.  Audrey Johnson made a motion, and Jeff Tilly seconded, to approve a resolution to determine the general prevailing rate of hourly wages in Winnebago County.  Motion passed unanimously.



Golf Course Liquor License Update – Mike Holan stated that Atwood Homestead and The Ledges Golf Courses have now received the liquor license from both the Local and the State.  Due to a matter with the Winnebago County Board, we are dropping the gaming for this year at Atwood Homestead and The Ledges and will apply for a gaming license in December or January. Mike hopes to have gaming in all three locations next year.


Healthcare Update – Winnebago County has decided to continue healthcare coverage with the Forest Preserve. Mike is continuing to go through the process with IPBC to get a quote for healthcare coverage. IPBC is an insurance pool agency that groups governmental agency together to save on cost. Mike is still checking to see if IPBC will cover our retirees that are on the retirement program. Mike also spoke with Kim Ponder and she thinks that Winnebago County may still be obligated to cover the retirees plan.


Intergovernmental Agreement Update – The Intergovernmental Agreement with Winnebago County was brought up at the County’s Operations Committee meeting and they are looking to raise the price on our agreement. At the next operations committee meeting on June 19, the committee is bringing forward the agreement again and Mike is planning on speaking to Gary Jury about the agreement. Mike will continue to explore other options.





Preserve Operations – Vaughn Stamm submitted a written report.


Golf Operations – Mike Holan submitted a written report.


Land and Development – Tom Hartley submitted a written report.


Marketing and Community Relations – Jamie Johannsen submitted a written report.


Environmental Education – Ann Wasser submitted a written report.


Law Enforcement – Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office submitted a written report.



Fishing Derby Update – Mike commented that the fishing derby was a great day with no rain and there were 130 kids that registered. The biggest fish, a 19 inch catfish, was caught by a 7 year old. There were several sponsors this year and we even ran out of bait and t-shirts. One of the volunteer also donated plaques and pens.


Gloria commented on the news release that featured Tom Hartley speaking on the new property and grant donation. Judy asked that we get a balance of the land acquisition fund at the next board meeting.


June 17 – Nurture Nature at a R.E.A.P. Volunteer Workday at Deer Run Forest Preserve, Saturday from

9:00am – 12:00pm.


July 15 – Nurture Nature at a R.E.A.P. Volunteer Workday at Severson Dells Forest Preserve, Saturday from 9:00am – 12:00pm.



Audrey made a motion to go into closed session at 8:21 am.  At 8:40 am, the meeting returned to open session. No action was taken while in closed session.



Meeting adjourned at 8:42 PM.

Next board meeting 5:30 PM, Wednesday, July 19, Preserve Headquarters



Respectfully Submitted,

Kristy Knapp

Administrative Assistant