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Land Advisory Council Meeting Minutes May 4, 2015

Forest Preserves of Winnebago County


Land Advisory Council Meeting Minutes

May 4, 2015


Members Present: Ann Marie Cain, Steve Clark, Pam Cunningham, Bill Hoff, Lee Johnson, James Marshall, Jerry Paulson and Dan Williams. Members Absent: Rebecca Olson, and Randy Vogel. FPWC Commissioners Present: Audrey Johnson and Mike Eickman. FPWC Staff Present: Tom Hartley and Mike Holan.


Call to order: Chairman Paulson called the meeting to order at 4:00 p.m. at the FPWC offices, 5500 Northrock Drive, Rockford, Illinois.


Adoption of agenda: Hoff moved to approve the agenda as presented; seconded by Williams and accepted.


Review of Strategy Screen questions: Paulson asked for comments on the proposed Screening Questions for reviewing land acquisition projects developed by David Allen, strategic planning consultant, from the two planning sessions with the LAC.

Johnson said that higher priority should be given to projects that have rare species of plants and animals or high quality habitat. Williams said that #3 and #8 will address these factors. Hoff suggested adding another question about rare species and habitat. Audrey Johnson suggested adding rare species and habitat to #3. It was agreed to expand question #3 to include rare species and high quality habitat.

It was suggested that a statement be added to say that cost or affordability of buying the land is not a factor to be considered by the LAC. It was agreed that Hartley and Paulson will rewrite the questions and present again at the next meeting.


Johnson moved to adopt the Screening Questions with corrections and changes; Williams seconded the motion. After discussion Williams moved to table the motion to the next meeting; seconded by Cain, and approved.


Closed Session to Consider Land Acquisition Projects: Williams moved to go into closed session to consider land acquisition projects; seconded by Hoff, and approved. Paulson closed the session at 4:30 p.m.


Return to Open Session: Williams moved to return to open session at 5:10 p.m.; seconded by Cain and approved. Paulson noted that no action was taken in closed session.


Next Meeting Date: Paulson said the next meeting would be on June 1st at 4:00 p.m.


Adjourn: Paulson adjourned the meeting at 5:15 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

Jerry Paulson, Chairman