March 2012 Meeting Minutes

Horner Park Advisory Council
Meeting Minutes

The meeting was called to order at 7:05 pm by President Peter Schlossman. The meeting was at the Horner Park Field House and a quorum was determined to be present.

Approval of Minutes
The minutes of the February 2012 meeting were approved, with changes.

Report of the Treasurer
MB chkg 5,153.94
MB savings 1,000.00
Chase chkg 0.00
Chase savng 10,328.23
Paypal 1,329.36

All accounts are reconciled and consistent with records and bank statements. The report of the treasurer was approved.

Jacob Playlot
General discussion of improvements of Jacob Playlot. Challenges and opportunities recognized regarding the change of ward boundaries resulting in the inclusion of the playlot in Ward 40; expected at the latest in 2015 or at the earliest during the 2012 summer. A reconstruction of the playlot is estimated in the $400,000 range with 1/3 payments from CPS, the community the alderman. The CTA environmental assessment of the adjacent property was completed with no problems noted. It is expected that CTA will not be part of any playlot issues. There was general consensus that the community should now begin the process to define community support for an upgrade project and prepare for fundraising. Tom McManamon agreed to evaluate the availability of CPS equipment for use at Jacob. Water access was discussed and it was determined that John O’Connell may provide guidance.

Sunken Gardens
Discussion of maintenance and tree planning issues.

Concert Committee
All solicitations are not out and distribution of flyers is to begin. Revenue being received and all dates are set. Performer contracts are in process. The first concert of the season is scheduled for June 15.

Dog Friendly Area
Survey results generated 66 responses with 61 in favor of a dog friendly area. HPAC letter to CPD in favor of the project referred to Janice Taylor, the CPD person managing public affairs for dog issues.

Park Briefs
Renovation project nearing final completion. Successful elevator inspection. Advised by CPD management that the Horner Park Field house will continue to be used by the community and not for the use of CPD office space. Woodcraft class will resume twice per week in the Fall.

Discussion of the health of Jake Palumbo, with strong HPAC support for Jake’s return to work and approval of a floral gift to him. Meeting with high school athletic directors (Lakeview, Lane, Roosevelt, Gordon) to establish a clear understanding regarding school use of the park. RMIA event a success. HPAC expressed congratulations to Samantha for her promotion.

Doggie Egg Hunt scheduled for April 7 and the Earth Day clean-up is scheduled for April 21. HPAC to sponsor doggie bandanas at $1.75 each. Unanimous approval of $350 expenditure. River Day cleanup scheduled for May 12. Avon Breast Cancer Walk scheduled for June 1-3.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:55pm.

Attendance Roster:
Peter Schlossman, President; Larry Brown, Vice President; Kevin Anderson, Treasurer; John Bernbom, Co-Secretary, Tom McManamon, Bill Higgins, Pam Stutzman, Alan Mueller, Nate Hutcheson, Tom Kosinski.

Respectfully submitted: John Bernbom, Co-Secretary

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