December 2010 Meeting Minutes

Horner Park Advisory Council
Meeting Minutes

President Peter Schlossman called the meeting to order at 7:05 PM, the meeting was held at a second floor meeting room of the Horner Park field house. A quorum was determined to be present.

Approval of Minutes

The minutes of the November meeting were unanimously approved, subject to comments and changes.

Report of the Treasurer

Total funds = checking $5,359.60, savings $14,145.69, Paypal $3,753.85. All accounts are consistent with Quickbooks records and bank statements. Report of the treasurer was unanimously approved. Discussion of Paypal operations. John Lyman will remain a resource concerning Paypal and related matters. Transition to checking account to MB in process. ATM card to be set at $1,000 limit. Officers required to submit copy of drivers license. Savings to remain at Chase for present.

Flagpole Project

The Ceriale Memorial status was discussed. Boulder and plaque installed, subject to final changes. Benches moved into the triangle, east bench moved to the south, boulder placed on the east. Surface gravel in place, bench foundations in place. Remaining to be accomplished: install benches, secure flagpole. Dedication date is open, for spring. Larry Brown will contact Kim Shepard regarding the dedication date and related events. Total cost = $9,000, with $7,500 raised ($5,00 from Ceriale Foundation). Need for maintenance fund discussed. Fence will remain through winter, with some means of protecting boulder.

Riverbank Study

ACE focus is ecological, not hard-scape. Consider CPD initiative for comfort station in riverbank area and related possibility of under bridge connector and riverbank path. Concern that ACE project may have adverse impact on park. Peter Schlossman to communicate with Nicole Roach regarding public access, fence and work with CPD. Discussion of any role of Friends of the River (Cynthia Fox).

Insurance Issues

Application for insurance in process at an $800/year cost; $1 million D&O plus general liability. Include insurance cost in concert budget. CPD advised advisory councils to obtain liability insurance. HPAC will continue a clear CPD partnership strategy – all activities of HPAC to be with the approval and under the direction of CPD.

Bylaws Committee: Meeting to be set in early 2011

Concert Committee: Planning underway, first meeting in November.

Garden Committee: Weatherization workshop planning is underway

Park Briefs:

Horner Park: Class registration underway with very high participation. Unite group addressed by Tom McManamon concerning park opportunities, with a very positive response. Regional tumbling event in planning with +400 participants expected. High schools spring planning in process. Discussion of proposed Clark Park stadium. Bleacher improvements complete. New fountains complete. HPAC given a tour of field house upgrades.

Report from Carlton Jones concerning the expansion of the Little League brand and establishing programs at parks. Strategy is successful. Horner is a member in District 12. Participation includes meeting standards for participation, including financial auditing. Little League also requires background checks for all personnel dealing with children. Little League has federal funding and Urban Institute Program (similar to Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) funding is available.

Ravenswood Manor Park: Maintenance issues discussed, kiosk under review.

Jacob Park: No new issues, neighbor interest continues to grow.

Buffalo Park: Graffiti removal discussed.

Sunken Garden Park: In good condition; new trees and benches discussed.

The meeting adjourned at 9:00 PM. The next regular HPAC meeting will be held Monday January 10 at 6:30 PM at the Horner Park Field house.

Attendance Roster:

Peter Schlossman, President: Larry Brown, Vice President; Kevin Anderson –Treasurer; Tom McManamon – CPD; Lisa Cleveland, Co Secretary ; John Bernbom, Co-Secretary; John Lyman; Alan Mueller; Matt Campbell; Kevin Anderson; Carlton Jones

Respectfully submitted: John Bernbom, Co-Secretary

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