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Board of Commissioners Minutes Feb. 15

Winnebago County Forest Preserve District
BOARD MEETING
District Headquarters
February 15, 2011 – 6:30 PM

PRESENT STAFF
Randy Olson – President Thomas Kalousek, Executive Director
Mary McNamara Bernsten Drake Branca, Operations
Judy Barnard Tom Hartley, Development
Jay Ferraro Mike Durand, Golf
Audrey Johnson Jamie Johannsen, Marketing
Cheryl Maggio Sally Claassen, Purchasing
Gloria Lind – arriving 6:48 PM GUESTS
Steve Anderson
ROLL CALL
At 6:32 PM President Randy Olson requested Evelyn do a roll call with six Commissioners present.

PLEDGE of ALLEGIANCE and INSPIRATIONAL REFLECTION – Audrey Johnson presented the inspirational reflection and Pledge of Allegiance.

APPROVAL of MINUTES
Minutes for January 18, 2011 were approved.

ACTION ITEMS
Bids – golf cars – Sally Claassen presented the bids for 50 replacement golf cars at Macktown Golf Course. Audrey Johnson moved, seconded by Judy Barnard and Mary McNamara Bernsten to approve the low bid of $125,000 after trade-in to E-Z GO for 50 new golf cars. Motion passed unanimously.

Budget amendment – development – Sally Claassen presented the budget amendment to add $10,000 to the I & D budget. The money will come from the sale of two District pickup trucks for $5,000 each, one to Winnebago County. One truck will go to River Bluff Nursing Home and the other truck will be used downtown. Both trucks will be used for plowing. Sally Claassen discussed the bidding procedures. The District follows the procedures adopted by the County.

Tom Hartley presented the grant awarded to the District for $50,000 from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity for construction of additions to two shelters at Hononegah Forest Preserve. Mary McNamara Bernsten moved, seconded by Judy Barnard to approve the purchase of a skid loader for $10,000 and $50,000 for building improvement to be added to the Capital Improvement Fund. Motion passed unanimously.

Resolution: Recommendation to Congress on use of Land and Water Conservation Fund – Tom Kalousek presented the recommendation to Congress on use of Land and Water Conservation Fund. The Federal Funds for land acquisition are not being passed down to the state and local units of government as per the original intent of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Audrey Johnson moved, seconded by Mary McNamara Bernsten to approve the recommendation to Congress for legislation to specify an annual allocation of at least 40% of the Land and Water Conservation Funds to the State Assistance program. Motion passed unanimously.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS
Law enforcement program
Ordinance adopting Mutual Aid Agreement for District police – Tom Kalousek presented the letter from the Sheriff confirming his commitment for law enforcement services. Two full-time senior deputies and up to six reserve officers will be used on weekend patrol. Safety Coordinator Terry Nordberg has four or five individuals that are interested in being reserve officers. Jay Ferraro moved, seconded by Audrey Johnson to approve the Ordinance for adopting Mutual Aid Agreement with Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System. Motion passed unanimously.

Resolution adopting the National Incident Management System – President Randy Olson presented the Resolution adopting the National Incident Management System that allows the Forest Preserve District to be compliant with federal mandate to be able to qualify for federal grants. Mary McNamara Bernsten moved, seconded by Judy Barnard to approve the Resolution to adopt the National Incident Management System policy and training for Forest Preserve District police. Motion passed unanimously.

NEW BUSINESS
Audrey Johnson proposed Commissioners consider reinstituting the Land Advisory Council of the Winnebago County Forest Preserve District so that background studies could be done on possible donations, trades, or purchases down the line, with the understanding that recommendations could come from the Council to the Board for which decisions could be made on an informed basis. It would be also recommended that those who served in the past be considered to be asked to continue if possible with the exception of herself, who could possibly act as a liaison to the Board of Commissioners. She also feels this Council could meet on call or bi-monthly so as to not call unnecessary meetings. Mary McNamara Bernsten, Gloria Lind, and Audrey Johnson were appointed to a committee to review the request to reinstitute the Land Advisory Council.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION, AWARDS, and PRESENTATIONS
Land and resource management – Tom Kalousek and Tom Hartley presented a land and resource management Power Point presentation with Board discussion.

STAFF REPORTS
New golf course web site and promotions campaign – Jamie Johannsen and Mike Durand presented information about an on-line marketing service (Course Trends) scheduled to begin on March 1. The Board directed Mike Durand to study point-of-sale on-line reservation capabilities at each clubhouse. The new marketing service will include several incentives and promotions which can be tracked by staff.

Celebrate Earth news conference – March 22 – Jamie Johannsen reported on the news conference Tuesday, March 22 at 10:00 AM at Klehm Arboretum with all Commissioners invited. This year there will be a month of activities available through the Four Rivers Environmental Coalition celebrating Earth Day.

National legislative and policy updates – Tom Kalousek reported on a list of national legislative and policy updates. Steve Chapman will attend the meeting in June to discuss the 2012 budget process that will begin in July and August for the Forest Preserve District. Speer Financial will be asked to attend to talk on the process of bonds and referendums.

Special Districts Forum 201 – Tom Kalousek reported on the Special Districts Forum held in Northern Virginia Sunday, September 25.

Comprehensive planning consultant – Jay Ferraro moved, seconded by Mary McNamara Bernsten to lay over the Comprehensive planning consultant to the March meeting. Motion passed unanimously.

ANNOUNCEMENTS and COMMUNICATIONS
Judy Barnard reported Severson Dells will have wildflower walks this spring. May 10 at 7:00 PM Severson Dells and Natural Land Institute will have a showing of Aldo Leopold called Green Fire at Memorial Hall with a free will donation.
• Celebrate Earth news conference – March 22 – Klehm Arboretum • Atwood Award – April 27,
• IAPD legislative conference – May 3 and 4 • River Gathering – June 16

ADJOURNMENT
The meeting was adjourned at 8:45 PM by President Randy Olson.
Next Board meeting – 6:30 PM Tuesday, March 15, at District Headquarters

Evelyn Winckler, Recording Secretary