June 2016 Meeting Minutes

Horner Park Advisory Council
Meeting Minutes
June 6, 2016

Peter called the HPAC meeting to order at the Horner Park Field House at 7pm.
Previous Minutes:
The minutes of the May 2016 meeting were approved, pending changes.

Treasurer’s Report:
The following funds are in HPAC accounts:

Checking  $40,658.10
Savings  $14,730.44
PayPal   $9,863.96
Total   $ 65,252.50

All accounts reconcile with QuickBooks.

Farmers Market:
Peter said the opening day of the Farmers Market was fantastic. 400 people in the first 1.5 hours. Overall, there were over 700 visitors.  Many vendors sold out of all of their product.

The Pumpkin Patch has been moved to Oct. 22, which will no longer coincide with the Farmers Market.

Finance Committee:
A new committee was formed to investigate upgrades to the current QuickBooks system. Members of the committee are Carol, John O, Kevin, and Lisa.

Peter received a letter from the State of Illinois denying HPAC use of its Federal Tax Exempt status.

Trash Enclosure:
Peter asked Deb if there was any way to make an enclosure around the 2 dumpsters. It could be 3 sided and made of wood and steel.

Deb proposed moving the dumpsters to another location.  Deb is going to check to see what would be permissible.

Ash Trees:
John said that the Ash Trees looks very healthy. Alderman Mell and the head forester, Michael Brown, are coming out next week to assess the trees.  If Michael agrees that it is appropriate, HPAC will ask Alderman Mell for menu money to partially fund the inoculations.

Dog Friendly Area:
The fund-raiser tonight was successful – a turn-out of around 75 was expected.  Peter is going to contact the CPD chief operating officer, Pat Levar, regarding the position of the
Park district on the DFA.

Concert Committee:
June 10 is the first concert. Sponsorship is down from last year and John O. suggested we consider how to generate additional sponsors next year.

John F. is going to meet next week to flush out more details about Horner Fest, plan banners, etc.

Park Briefs:

Horner Park:
Deb asked if HPAC would consider sponsoring a Turkey Trot on Sat. Nov. 19th at 9:30. Deb would organized everything and the event would be free. Deb plans to create 5 age divisions and would need 2 turkeys and 1 pie for each division.
John F. made a motion for $300 to sponsor the event and it passed unanimously Deb will put a cap of 250 participants.

Stacey Anti is the new Area Manager. Her email is anastasia.anti@chicagoparkdistrict.com. Daphne Johnson is the North Area Manager.

Spring classes are done and Deb is working on the summer activities. Amy is going to post pictures of Kiddie College Graduation.

A Luau Grass Volley Tournament is being held on July 23 at Horner Park. 120 volley ball nets will be erected.  Alcoholic beverages will be sold. There was a lot of discussion about the impact on the neighborhood; Peter is going to write a letter expressing our concerns.

John F. is going to put up a sign-up sheet to help with maintenance of the entrance way to the park.

John F. is going to give Deb a list of dead trees on Thursday.

Ravenswood Manor Park:
The native garden was planted. John O has watered twice. There is still some work that needs to be done, such as the fence.

Peter asked Deb if the large, overhanging branch could be trimmed. Also, a light around the pergola is out. John F. is going to ask for trees.

Jacob Park: No Report

Buffalo Park:
John is working with Sue Davenport to get plants in the planters within the next week or two.

Sunken Gardens: No Report

Website Committee:
Amy reported that there continues to be problems with hackers. Amy has an estimate for $300 to diagnose security problems with WordPress.
Lisa made a motion that we authorize $300 for the WordPress security diagnostics and that Amy is authorized to hire the team for this.
Amy said that she would like to postings 1/month. Everyone should get her material for the month by the Thursday after our monthly meeting.
Stewardship Committee: No Report

Open Lands:
Carol, as a representative for the People of East Albany Park is asking for $500 to plant trees with Open Lands.

John F. sponsored an event at his house. Peter is going to send email summarizing the discussion.

New Business:
July 16- Horner Fest

The meeting was adjourned at 9:05pm.

Respectfully Submitted,
Lisa Cleveland Co-Secretary

Peter Schlossman – President, John Friedmann – Vice-President, Kevin Anderson – Treasurer, Amy Jahnke – Co-Secretary, Lisa Cleveland – Co-Secretary, Deborah Groh – Park Supervisor,  John O’Connell – Concert Committee, Alan Mueller – RMIA Representative, Gretchen Helmreich – Farmers Market, Carol Maher – Neighbor

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