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Land Advisory Council Minutes April 3, 2017

Forest Preserves of Winnebago County


Land Advisory Council Meeting Minutes

April 3, 2017


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


Call to order:  Chairman Paulson called the meeting to order at 4:15 p.m. at the FPWC offices, 5500 Northrock Drive, Rockford, Illinois.


Adoption of agenda: Hartley asked to add discussion of the natural areas criteria to the agenda. The agenda was adopted as amended.


Committee matters: Holan said that Council members need to file the annual Economic Interest forms with the County Clerk.  He will send out an on-line link to the form.


Strategic Land Conservation Plan: Paulson said that he and Hartley had worked together to put together the various documents and maps into a draft of a the strategic plan.  He still needs to write the Executive Summary. Paulson asked the members to take the draft home, review it and send comments and changes to Hartley.  Williams said his name should be added to the list of Land Advisory Council members.


Paulson presented the “Vision” statement that was drafted by Judy Barnard for review, along with copies of previous vision statements drafted by the Council. After discussion, the statement was revised and accepted.  Holan will present the revised vision statement to the Board for consideration.


Hartley presented the Priority Acquisition map prepared by the council. After discussion it was recommended that only the Greenways Plan map should be included in the published strategic plan. The “priorities” map should remain confidential to protect the privacy of landowners.


Review of Natural Areas Criteria: Hartley presented a draft of criteria that the District recommends be used to evaluate potential natural area acquisition projects. There was discussion of the definition of a “natural area”.  Paulson said that he would work with Hartley to refine the definition and criteria used by the District for acquisition of natural areas.


Minutes of last meeting:  It was moved by Cane, seconded by Johnson, and accepted to approve the minutes from the November 7, 2016 minutes as distributed.


Closed Session to Consider Land Acquisition:  Williams moved to go into closed session to consider land acquisition projects; seconded by Marshall and the motion was approved. Paulson closed the meeting at 5:00 p.m.


Reopen Meeting:  Williams moved to come out of closed session at 5:15 p.m.; Marshall seconded and the motion was approved.  Paulson noted that no action was taken in closed session.


Recommendation for acquisition of land: It was moved by Williams, seconded by Marshall, and approved to recommend the acquisition of 4.01 acres of land along the Kishwaukee River as an addition to Rockford Rotary Forest Preserve.


Next Meeting Date: It was agreed that the next meeting would be on May 1 at 4:00 p.m. Marshall said that he may have a conflict.


Adjourn:  Paulson adjourned the meeting at 5:20 p.m.



Respectfully submitted,

Jerry Paulson, Chairman