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

Meeting of the Whole Finance Minutes September 3

Winnebago County Forest Preserve District


District Headquarters

September 3, 2014


PRESENT                                                                   STAFF

Judy Barnard                                                               Mike Holan, Executive Director

Mike Eickman                                                             Steve Chapman, Finance

Audrey Johnson                                                          Vaughn Stamm, Preserve Operations

Cheryl Maggio                                                             Tom Hartley, Land and Development

Mary McNamara Bernsten                                        Mike Durand, Golf Operations

ABSENT                                                                    Jamie Johannsen, Marketing

Randy Olson                                                              Don Miller, Director of Education

Gloria Lind



The meeting was called to order at 5:30 PM, by President Barnard. Recording secretary Ronelle Johnson called the roll.


PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE     Audrey Johnson led the assemblage in the Pledge of Allegiance.



Budget – Mike Holan announced that the cuts that needed to be made for this year’s budget were approximately 5%. Steve Chapman went through the 2014-2015 Annual Budget and Appropriations Ordinance. Steve indicated that, due to the assessed valuations going down, in fiscal year 2015-2016 there will be a reduction of approximately 3.3%, and in 2016-2017 the reduction will be approximately 2.2%. The Directors went through their budgets and answered any questions the Commissioners had. The budget will be presented at the September 17 board meeting, and will then be laid over for 30 days.


Mike Holan has also prepared and distributed a five-year capital plan. This five-year plan is for projects that are not funded. The projects have been prioritized and depending on equipment needs, some projects may get moved around on the priority list.


Bus Tour on September 26 – The annual bus tour will be held on Friday, September 26. The tour will be approximately 50 miles and will include tours of maintenance shops, golf courses, and some areas where improvements will be made. The tour will begin at 9:00 am. Judy would also like to invite the legislators, and will extend invitations to them.



Judy would like to explore the possibility of having a legislative reception with all of the environmental groups. She would like this to possibly take place in November, possibly before the election and invite the candidates.


She would also like to have a fundraising luncheon to start raising funds for the land acquisition fund. She has asked the Commissioners to start thinking about when this should take place.



Meeting adjourned at 6:20 PM.

Next board meeting 5:30 PM, Wednesday, September 17, Colored Sands, Sand Bluff Bird Observatory


Respectfully Submitted,

Ronelle Johnson

Recording Secretary