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Land Advisory Council Minutes September 6, 2016

Forest Preserves of Winnebago County

 

Land Advisory Council Meeting Minutes

September 6, 2016

 

Members Present: Ann Marie Cain, Steve Clark, Pam Cunningham, Bill Hoff, Lee Johnson, James Marshall, Rebecca Olson, Jerry Paulson, Randy Vogel and Dan Williams. Members Absent:. None FPWC Commissioners Present: Judith Barnard and Audrey Johnson. FPWC Staff Present: Mike Holan and Tom Hartley

 

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 adopt the agenda as distributed; seconded by Cain and approved. Holan announced that the FPD Board will hold a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. on September 21st about refinancing $1.1 millions in bonds for land acquisition.

 

Minutes of last meeting: Williams moved approval of the minutes of the June 14, 2016 special meeting as distributed; seconded by Cunningham and approved.

 

Strategic Land Conservation Plan: Paulson presented a first draft of a Strategic Land Conservation Plan text for review. He pointed out that the plan lacks a Vision and Mission statement. Audrey Johnson suggested using the FPD Mission Statement. Vogel said that the land acquisition plan has a narrower vision and mission. Hartley will review the notes from the workshops held with David Allen to see if the LAC developed a mission or vision statement. Paulson asked Williams to draft a brief history of the LAC.

 

Option 3 was discussed. Hoff asked if partnerships would be the only way that land was going to be preserved under Option 3? After discussion it was agreed that the FPD should work cooperatively with other groups to identify lead agencies for each property in Option 3, and form partnerships to protect the land where it is appropriate and necessary. Higher priority should be given to protecting lands in Option 3 that are located in Options 5-7.

 

A strategy for options 5 – 7 was discussed. It was agreed that the FPD should monitor changes in ownership of land in these priorities to identify targets of opportunity. Paulson said that he and Hartley will continue to work on the text for the plan.

 

Audrey Johnson said that LAC members are ambassadors for the FPD and its 42 preserves and should always be aware of what the public thinks and alert to changes in ownership.

 

Closed Session to Consider Land Acquisition: Hoff moved to go into closed session to consider land acquisition projects; seconded by Williams and the motion was approved. Paulson closed the meeting at 4:45 p.m.

 

Reopen Meeting: Williams moved to come out of closed session at 5:00 p.m.; Cunningham seconded and the motion was approved. Paulson noted that no action was taken in closed session.

 

Acquisition of Property on Sugar River: Olson moved to recommend that the Forest Preserve District acquire the 4-acre Barnes Property on the Sugar River as an addition to Ferguson Forest Preserve, subject to the staff completing the screening questions for the acquisition. It was seconded by Williams, and approved unanimously.

 

Next Meeting Date: It was agreed that the next meeting would be on October 3, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. Clark and Marshall said they would be gone that day.

 

Land Acquisition Purchase Policy: Paulson said that the FPD Board should adopt a policy about how it will determine the value of land it is going to acquire and how much it will pay. He will put this on the agenda for the next meeting.

 

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

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

Jerry Paulson, Chairman