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

Executive Committee Minutes Oct. 7

Winnebago County Forest Preserve District
October 7, 2009 – 5:30 PM

Bob Kinnison – Chairman Tom Kalousek, Executive Director
Doug Aurand Drake Branca, Operations
Bob Hastings Tom Hartley, Development
Kay Mullins Mike Durand, Golf
Tom Owens Jamie Johannsen, Marketing

L.C. Wilson Ron Schneider
Randy Olson Frank Schier
Chairman Bob Kinnison called the meeting to order at 5:32 PM. Minutes for August 12 were approved.

Bids – Ledges drainage – Tom Hartley presented the bids for Ledges drainage on hole #2 to speed drainage by installing drain tile. Tom Owens moved, seconded by Kay Mullins to approve the bid for Ledges drainage to G & G Construction & Excavation for $18,900. Motion passed 3 to 2 with Doug Aurand and Bob Hastings voting no.

2010 fee schedule – Tom Kalousek presented the 2010 fee schedule with no increase in fees from 2009 in order to stay competitive. Aurand moved, seconded by Tom Owens to approve the 2010 fees schedule. Motion passed unanimously.

Agreement with Youth Soccer Association – Kalousek presented the agreement with the Youth Soccer Association to use Roland Olson Forest Preserve soccer fields that they already maintain and provide their own nets. See motion, below.

Agreement with Ledges Pool Association – Kalousek presented the agreement with Ledges Pool Association. Legal counsel for PDRMA and both associations approved the agreements. Bob Hastings moved, seconded by Owens to approve both agreements together. Motion passed unanimously.

Tax abatement request – Kalousek presented the tax abatement request for Rockford Riverhawk’s Road Ranger Stadium. Aurand reported he is against tax abatements for the Forest Preserve District. This abatement is for an existing company and it would open the door for others. Owens moved to approve, with no second. Motion failed for lack of a second.

Amendment to 2009 budget – Kalousek presented the amendment to 2009 budget to void the budget amendment of September 3, 2009, make funds available to purchase 2.29 acres, and make money available for Macktown Living History. Aurand moved, seconded by Hastings to approve the amendment to 2009 budget. Owens suggested the purchase of land should be voted on first. Aurand withdrew his motion at this time. After the vote on the purchase of land was approved, Hastings moved, seconded by Owens to approve the 2009 budget amendment. Motion passed unanimously.

Purchase of land – Hartley presented the purchase of 2.29 acres of land as an addition to Rockford Rotary Forest Preserve. Aurand moved, seconded by Owens to approve the 2.29 acre addition for $85,000. Motion passed unanimously.

Operations – Drake Branca reported the newspaper ran an article on Four Lakes dog training area, a 30-acre area with ½ acre pond. The entrance is on Route 70/Trask Bridge Road and at this time does not connect to the entrance on Fish Hatchery Road due to a creek dividing the two areas. The District has applied for deer reduction permits. There will be a fly over in December to determine the number of deer per square mile. If the IDNR requests a reduction, the District will be assisting them to reduce Chronic Wasting Disease in the Kishwaukee corridor. Shelterhouse statistics are up and camping is down slightly.

Land and Development – Hartley reported the issue of access to County Line Forest Preserve (Knox property) is moving slowly. Design work is being done to build a roadway on Boone County property to gain access to County Line Forest Preserve.

Marketing and Community Relations – Jamie Johannsen reported the new web site is up and running and should be easier to use with more photos to be added. A new program in Winnebago County called Illinois Master Naturalist is being partnered with the Forest Preserve District using our sites. The course is filled with 25 people. Johannsen is enrolled and had her first of nine sessions last week. There will be a new session in the spring if anyone would like to sign up for it. The cost is $250 per person and requires 30 hours of volunteer work each year to keep the certified status.

Golf – Mike Durand reported on the Ledges drainage project that will continue our weatherproofing efforts and allow the course to be open following heavy rainfall. Golf statistics have improved with the good weather in September. Ledges will close on November 2, Atwood Homestead will close second, with Macktown staying open year round, weather permitting.

Executive Director – Kalousek reported everything is okay with the auditors report on purchasing cards and payroll. The wind farm issue with migratory birds will be on the County Board agenda Thursday.

At 6:12 PM Bob Kinnison closed the meeting to discuss the union contract and a leave of absence. Kinnison polled the members to close the meeting and all approved the motion. Motion passed unanimously to close the meeting. The meeting reopened at 6:22 PM. No action was taken in closed session.

Leave of absence – Aurand moved, seconded by Owens to approve the employee leave of absence from Dennis McKinley for a period of 2 years for military service. Motion passed unanimously.

Frank Schier requested being able to talk and Kinnison said a motion would have to be made to allow him three minutes to talk. Mullins moved, seconded by Kinnison to allow Frank Shier to speak for three minutes. Motion did not pass with 3 no and 2 yes.

Next Committee meeting—5:30 PM Wednesday, November 11, Headquarters
Next Board meeting—TBD
The meeting was adjourned at 6:25 PM by Chairman Kinnison. Evelyn Winckler
Recording Secretary