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 November 18, 2020

Forest Preserves of Winnebago County


Preserves Headquarters

November 18, 2020


PRESENT                                                                 STAFF

Judy Barnard-via Zoom (late 5:32pm)                       Mike Holan, Executive Director

Mike Eickman                                                            Steve Chapman, Finance

Gloria Lind-via Zoom                                                 Vaughn Stamm, Preserve Operations

Cheryl Maggio                                                            Kim O’Malley, HR/Volunteer Program

Jeff Tilly                                                                      Ann Wasser, Education-via Zoom



Jake Henry

Audrey Johnson



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


PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE     Cheryl Maggio led the assemblage in the Pledge of Allegiance.


APPROVAL OF AGENDA and MINUTES      Minutes for October 21, 2020 were approved.  Public budget hearing meeting minutes for October 21, 2020 were approved.  No changes or additions were made to the agenda.



Bills for October – Gloria Lind made a motion, and Cheryl Maggio seconded to authorize the payment of the bills for October in the amount of $532,871.59. Motion passed unanimously.


2021 Board Meeting Schedule – The 2021 board meeting schedule will continue to be the third Wednesday of every month, except where noted.  It is understood that additional meetings may be scheduled as needed.  The Board will meet on the following dates in 2021: January 19, February 17, March 17, April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21, August 18, September 15, October 20, November 17 and December 15.  Judy Barnard made a motion, and Mike Eickman seconded, to approve the 2021 Board Meeting Schedule.  Motion passed unanimously.


Sheriff’s Contract –The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department has provided police services in the past within forest preserves located in Winnebago County under an intergovernmental cooperation agreement with the Forest Preserves of Winnebago County.  The Winnebago County Sheriff is agreeable with continuing to provide police services within the Forest Preserves of Winnebago County and the Forest Preserves of Winnebago County is agreeable to continue those services the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department is providing.  Pursuant to the Illinois Intergovernmental Cooperation Act, the Downstate Forest Preserve Act and Article VI, Section 10 of the Constitution of the State of Illinois, the County of Winnebago and the Forest Preserves of Winnebago County have the power to enter into intergovernmental cooperation agreements of this nature.  The term of this Agreement, once adopted, shall begin October 1, 2020 and shall terminate on September 30, 2022, unless renewed in writing by both parties prior to that date after review by the Forest Preserves of Winnebago County Executive Director and the Winnebago County Sheriff thereafter by direction of the Board of Commissioners.  From October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021, contract costs for salaries and benefits shall be as follows:  Two 12-month Senior Deputies for a total annual cost of $204,269.16 (charged at a rate equal to 9 months).  From October 1, 2021 through September 30, 2022, the increase in contract cost for salaries and benefits shall be a direct increased cost per the Fraternal Order of Police contract. The new contract will be reducing the number of vehicles needed from three vehicles to two vehicles.  Mike Eickman made a motion and Gloria Lind seconded to accept the Intergovernmental Agreement between the Forest Preserves of Winnebago County and the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department for police services.  Motion passed unanimously.



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


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


Golf Operations – Vaughn Stamm, Rich Rosenstiel, Tyler Knapp, & Mark Freiman submitted a written report.


Environmental Education – Ann Wasser submitted a written report. Ann let the Commissioners know that the Severson Dells’ building will be closed to the public as of Friday, November 20 due to Tier 3 mitigations for COVID-19. Staff will continue to work in the building. She also mentioned that the Luminaria may be postponed until President’s Day weekend or possibly cancelled.

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


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


Cheryl Maggio thanked staff for their hard work this year. Jeff Tilly mentioned that his coworker was complimenting the forest preserve on how well-kept and clean the grounds were at Pecatonica for their wedding ceremony.



Mike Holan reminded the Commissioners that next month’s Board meeting will be the swearing in of Commissioners Jeff Tilly and Cheryl Maggio. Judy Barnard will find a Judge for the swearing in. Mike also reminded the Commissioners that they will be electing a president at the December meeting.


Cheryl Maggio asked if anything will affect the forest preserve in reference to the Governor announcement. Mike Holan stated the forest preserve will continue to operating as we have been. Cheryl asked if the gaming machines are still on at the golf course and Vaughn Stamm replied that the gaming machines have been shut down and that he will provide an annual report for the gaming revenue.


Judy Barnard asked if Ledges or Atwood Golf Courses were still open. Vaughn Stamm reported that Ledges is closed but Atwood Homestead Golf Course is open through the weekend and after this weekend it will be open on an on-call basis.



Meeting adjourned at 5:53 p.m.

Next board meeting, 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, December 16, Preserve Headquarters


Respectfully Submitted,

Kristy Knapp

Recording Secretary