May 2009 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 April 2009 meeting were approved.

Treasurer’s Report: T.J. Kosmider reported that the account balances are $7,949.96 in checking and $7,4434.09 in savings. The HPAC books are reconciled with the Chase account balances. The Paypal account is not included in the statements, but it is a goal to include those in future statements.

Council Business: A motion was made to hold the next two meetings for June and July at 7:30pm instead of 7:00pm. The motion was seconded, voted on and approved.

Announcements: River Day is Saturday May 9 from 9 – noon.

Concert Committee: The deadline for ad sales in the book is 5-6 days after the meeting. Approximately $6,000 of ad sales are booked. The calendar of events is posted on-line. Chase Bank should be solicited. T.J. Kosmider and Tom McManamon need copies of all contracts for their records.

Garden Committee: Susie Novak began working on maintaining park landscaping the week prior to the meeting. She reported that some trees at Sunken Gardens were removed due to storm damage which will change the shade conditions in the area.

Anne Rozmin announced that the Ravenswood Manor Garden Club Sale will be held in Sunnnyside street south of Buffalo Park between California and Montrose. She requested tables from Tom McManamon and volunteers from HPAC.

Web Site: Michael Holm updated the website management system and all the previous links to allied organizations have been removed. That needs to be fixed. The Mail Chimp email announcement system is now active.

Volunteer Committee: No report.

Park Briefs:

Horner Park: Budget hearings of the Park District are ongoing. Tom McManamon formerly had 90 hours of attendants to work at the park, but now only has 60. Landscaping and trades time are being cut city and parkwide. 85 volunteers came to clean the park on Earth Day. All parks programs are now filled except the day camp which has 12 slots still available. Scholarships and payment programs are available for those in need of financial assistance. Approximately ten Chicago Housing Authority vouchers have been accepted. Dugout fill material was delivered and is in the parking lot ready to be spread in the fields.

Richard Kosmacher, an executive with I-Go car sharing announced that I-Go now has a dedicated space in the Horner Park parking lot. I-Go is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the cost and impacts of cars in the community. I-Go and CPD have an agreement that allows them to use the lot. Richard will contact Tom McManamon regarding the hours that the lot is open. Richard understood from CPD that the lot would remain open at all hours.

Horner Park Baseball’s opening day is May 16. HPBA was not present at the meeting. HPBA stated in an e-mail that they made their first payment to World’s Finest Chocolates and reduced their debt by $10,000. They held an awards ceremony and distributed trophies as promised to last year’s players. The accounts are being set up in Quickbooks online. Their accountants, Skadden International, are helping with their 501(c)3 status, and they are getting quotes for audits at the end of the fiscal year. HPAC anticipates the outcome of HPBA’s season.

Ravenswood Manor Park: The grapevine fence needs to be repaired and the planter box has not yet been moved.

Jacob Park: Sara Spitz, and Tom Kosinski of the Greater Rockwell Organization expressed a desire for new equipment at Jacob Playlot. Tom MacManamon stated that new equipment may not be worthwhile now since future redevelopment of the park may undo some of those improvements. Tom McManamon also stated that any land that is donated to the park has to be cleared for title, contaminants, easements and other legal matters before Chicago Park District will accept it. That process can take time.

Buffalo Park: Buffalo Park construction is complete. Some suggestions from users included having a bench with a seat back in addition to the stone benches. A dedication ceremony will be planned for a time after the June HPAC meeting.

Sunken Garden Park: No report.

Other business: Reid Cleveland is working with Michael Holm on a weblink to his project to be placed on the HPAC website. Anne Rozmin recommended talking to some elected officials to get funding for the memorial project. Larry Brown suggested talking to the alderman’s office. Reid will add the budget for his project, the 501(c)3 status of HPAC, and update some other information on his announcement before its is uploaded.

New Business: Tom McManamon met with Kevin Anderson, Susan Davenport and others regarding a location for the vegetable garden. John Lyman made a motion to establish a community garden committee of HPAC. The motion was seconded, voted on and approved. John O’Connell made a motion to allow the committee to advance the concept of a new vegetable garden to be sited at the committee’s discretion and CPD’s approval, following guidelines set by CPD. The motions was seconded, voted on and approved. Friends of the Parks received a donation of seeds for use by community gardeners which the committee could request if they want them.

The meeting adjourned at 9:00 PM

The next regular HPAC meeting will be held Monday, June 1 at 7:30 PM at Horner Park.

Respectfully submitted: Peter Schlossman

Roster of those in Attendance: Larry Brown, President; John Lyman, Vice President; T.J. Kosmider – Treasurer; Peter Schlossman, Co-Secretary; Kevin Anderson, Co-Secretary; Tom McManamon – CPD; John O’Connell, Susie Novak, Reid Cleveland, Lisa Cleveland, Sara Spitz, Tom Kosinski, Richard Kosmacher, Anne Rozmin.

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