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Executive Committee Minutes June 9

Winnebago County Forest Preserve District
June 9, 2010 – 5:30 PM

Bob Kinnison – Chairman Thomas Kalousek, Executive Director
Tom Owens Drake Branca, Operations
Doug Aurand Tom Hartley, Development
Bob Hastings Jamie Johannsen, Marketing
Kay Mullins
L.C. Wilson GUESTS
Ron Schneider
Carolyn Gardner


Chairman Bob Kinnison called the meeting to order at 5:32 PM. Minutes for March 11 and April 8 were approved.


Budget guidelines – Tom Kalousek presented the budget assumptions and guidelines for the 2011 budget.
• Tax cap is projected to be 2.7% but property tax revenue could be less than last year.
• Tax rate for the Forest Preserve District is one of the lowest in Winnebago County.
• Fees and charges are at market rate and it is recommended that they stay the same for 2011.
• Health benefits are expected to increase 10% in 2011.
• No new personnel positions will be added in 2011 and no wage increases are recommended for 2011. There could be an early retirement incentive program in 2011. IMRF employer contributions are projected to increase with changes for new employees in the future. There is less than 5% turnover rate of employment at this time.
• Supplies and contractual services are increasing.
• A new ADA accessibility policy in outdoor environments is proposed as a result of a new ADA law in July 2010.
• Golf operations will be incorporated into the forest preserve operational budget.
• The District will continue to support Klehm Arboretum, Severson Dells Nature Center, Macktown Living History Education Center, and Colored Sands Bird Observatory.
• The intergovernmental agreement with Winnebago County for administrative services will continue.
• Membership in PDRMA risk management will continue.
• The contract for law enforcement services with the Sheriff’s Department will continue with possible reductions for next year.

Doug Aurand moved, seconded by L.C. Wilson to approve the budget guidelines. Motion passed unanimously.


Ordinance – purchase of land – addition to Stone Bridge Forest Preserve
Ordinance – amendment to 2010 budget – Tom Hartley presented the ordinance to purchase 10.5 acres for an addition to Stone Bridge Forest Preserve and the amendment to the 2010 budget to make this purchase possible. The funding will be provided by Illinois Clean Energy for $93,000, Natural Land Institute for $80,000, and $45,000 from the Forest Preserve District Corporate Fund. Doug Aurand moved, seconded by L.C. Wilson to approve both the ordinance to purchase 10.5 acres for $218,000 and the ordinance for the amendment to the 2010 budget. Motion passed unanimously.


Operations – Drake Branca reported the Forest Preserve District is in the middle of a busy season with camping and shelterhouse statistics doing well. The campground hosts are doing a fine job with the busy weekends.

Land and Development – Hartley reported Mike Groves and the resource department staff has completed prairie planting at Grove Creek, Colored Sands, and Crooked River Forest Preserves, along with Perryville Road for the Highway Department. They have also been busy planting trees. An inter-governmental agreement with Boone County Conservation District is planned to purchase land to provide access to County Line Forest Preserve and for more open space.

Marketing and Community Relations – Jamie Johannsen reported the summer email newsletter will be out Monday. Severson Dells will have an event June 26 to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Severson Dells Forest Preserve. On Friday, June 25 there is a reception to celebrate Don Miller’s new book of essays and reflections on nature and rivers. The new Four Rivers brochure is out now and on our web site and the Four Rivers web site. There will be a booth at the Winnebago County Fair August 17-22.

Golf – Kalousek reported golf is doing well with better weather this spring. The golf courses are in good shape. Golf car rental has increased.


Next Board meeting—6:00 PM Thursday, June 10, Courthouse
Next Committee meeting – 5:30 Wednesday, August 11, Headquarters


At 6:05 PM Bob Kinnison closed the meeting for an update on union negotiations. Kinnison polled the members to close the meeting and all approved the motion. Motion passed unanimously to close the meeting. The meeting reopened at 6:17 PM. No action was taken in closed session.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:18 PM by Chairman Kinnison.

Evelyn Winckler
Recording Secretary

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