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Executive Committee Minutes May 14

Winnebago County Forest Preserve District
Colored Sands Bird Banding Station
May 14, 2008

Jim Webster – Chairman Tom Kalousek, Executive Director
Bob Kinnison Drake Branca, Operations
Bob Hastings Tom Hartley, Development
Tom Owens Jamie Johannsen, Marketing
Randy Olson Dan Williams, Land Advisory Council Chair
Doug Aurand
L.C. Wilson



Purchase of land Camp Grant/Rader property – At 7:04 PM, Jim Webster closed the meeting to discuss land acquisition. Dan Williams reported this is the first time he feels Eminent Domain should be used and now is the right time because of the blighted redevelopment area around the airport. The land owner, William Rader wants three times the appraised value. Tom Hartley reported three appraisals were done as previously requested by the Executive Committee so that the Forest Preserve District will be ready if Eminent Domain proceedings are initiated and the acquisition goes to court. Tom Owens requested Scott Christiansen contact Mike Bacon of the Health Department and Greg Tilly of the Zoning Department and Bob Kinnison also would like to see if other zoning or health issues could force the owner to sell instead of Eminent Domain. The majority of Commissioners did not want to use Eminent Domain unless justified. Doug Aurand requested if Eminent Domain is used, the County should use host money to pay for it. Other options will be considered first.

Purchase of land Willow Creek property – Hartley reported the owner of the Willow Creek property wants to sell. Trust for Public Lands did an appraisal on the 48.68 acres at $225,000. Initial contact has been made with the airport to see if they would be willing to purchase the property and either donate or hold for the Forest Preserve District to buy when grants or matching funds become available.


At 7:38 PM, the meeting returned to open session. Webster declared that no action had been taken while in closed session.

Evelyn Winckler
Recording Secretary

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