April 2010 Meeting Minutes

Horner Park Advisory Council
Meeting Minutes

Larry Brown – President, presiding, called the meeting to order at 7:05 PM. Peter Schlossman acted as Secretary for this meeting. See roster below for attendance.

Previous Minutes: The minutes of the March 2010 meeting were approved with one comment noted.

Treasurer’s Report: The following funds are in HPAC accounts: Checking: $8,852, Savings: $8,362, Paypal: $3,763.

The savings account statement is reconciled with HPAC books; the checking account has not been reconciled.

Kevin will research options for new banks in the future, and the board will vote on his recommendation.

Mike Maki was paid for expenses related to the Valentine’s dance. Cheryl, Horner Park’s art teacher, and John O’Connell will be paid soon for expenses they have incurred.

Council Business: A motion was made to accept the resignation of TJ Kosmider as treasurer and Kevin Anderson as co-secretary. The motion was seconded, voted on and approved. A motion was made to approve Kevin Anderson as treasurer. The motion was seconded, voted on and approved.

Announcements: Earth Day Park cleanup is April 17th. River day is May 8th. The Greater Rockwell Organization’s garage sale is June 12th & 13th.

Concert Committee: Susan Baushke presented a proposal at the last meeting which is being considered. Music series flyers were distributed. 60-70 subscribers returned so far this year. John O’Connell estimates that about each year there are about 10 new and 10 dropped subscribers out of 120 total subscribers. John O’Connell will send concert information to Michael Hermann at RMIA for inclusion in their newsletter. John Lyman mentioned that he could get a public service announcement on a local radio station.

Garden Committee: Susie Novak received a 1099 form for 2009. She is not expecting to garden on the same basis with CPD this year. CPD should inform HPAC if the gardening position will be filled for 2010 season in Susie’s absence.

Web Site: No report.

Volunteer Committee: No report.

Park Briefs:

Horner Park: A record attendance of 173 dogs came to the Doggie Easter Egg Hunt. HPAC was able to get 40 email addresses from a sign-in list of people wanting to get news and updates regarding dog related activities at Horner Park. HPAC discussed sending an emailed thank you via Mailchimp and having a future targeted emails related to dog events and news.

Spring classes are in their second week and are 95% filled. Day camp registration is April 19th online and April 24th in person. A tumbling meet is being held April 24th.

HPAC expressed concern regarding the level of commitment to maintenance of the ballfields by the organizations using them. Tom McManamon stated that Lane Tech and Gordon Tech have been grooming the ballfields after using them. HPAC approves of that level of effort. Larry Brown inquired as to where the funds from little league tournaments goes when paid to CPD. Tom McManamon to report back.

Many lights were reported to be out and tagging has been noticed in the park. The grasses in front of the main fieldhouse have been cut down.

No report regarding the Rivebank Initiative was given. No reports from the 33rd or 47th wards.

CPD has not provided information to HPAC on liability of advisory councils related to park activities.

Ravenswood Manor Park: The glazing for the sign kiosk was replaced but the lock hasp was not replaced.

Jacob Park: No report

Buffalo Park: The park sign was noticed to be broken and lying on the ground recently.

Sunken Garden Park: A bench was noticed to be broken recently.

Other business:

Flagpole Project: HPAC is disappointed in the lack of response from CPD regarding the permit and contract to construct the memorial flagpole. Colleen Gallagher is not communicating directly with Larry Brown. A revised permit application from Christy Weber was sent to CPD the morning of the meeting. Not having a permit is delaying getting funds from the Ceriale Foundation. HPAC has contacted all parties to move the project along. Reid Cleveland sent a thank you note to HPAC for their efforts. HPAC expressed gratitude to Reid for his effort. The Cleveland family may attend an upcoming CPD board meeting.

Vegetable Garden committee: The vegetable garden is not proceeding as planned in Horner Park. One reason cited is that CPD requires a 200’ maximum distance from a vegetable garden to a water source. Colleen Gallagher suggested that the committee research opportunities at Clark Park. Kevin Anderson is meeting with CPD this week to review options for moving forward. HPAC expressed disappointment that the project could not be relocated within Horner Park.

New Business: Manor Neighbors is a social networking website which allows community communication via the internet. It can be accessed at: manorneighbors.ning.com

The meeting adjourned at 8:45 PM

The next regular HPAC meeting will be held Monday, May 3 at 7:00 PM at Horner Park.

Respectfully submitted: Peter Schlossman

Roster of those in Attendance:

Larry Brown, President; John Lyman – Vice President; Kevin Anderson – Co Secretary; Peter Schlossman, Co-Secretary; Tom McManamon – CPD; John O’Connell, Allan Mueller, Reid Cleveland, Lisa Cleveland, Susie Novak, Julia Adams, Tom Kosinski.

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