November 2006 Meeting Minutes

Horner Park Advisory Council
Meeting Minutes

Larry Brown, as President, presiding, called the meeting to order at 7:05 PM. Kevin Anderson acted as secretary for this meeting.

Previous Minutes: The minutes of the October 02, 2006 meeting were distributed and approved with corrections unanimously.

Treasurer’s Report: John Lyman delivered the Treasurer’s report for October. The fund balances follow:

September 11, 2006
Savings Acct.: $4595.86
Checking Acct.:  $5049.24
Total:  $9,645.10

October 02, 2006
Savings Acct.: $4675.10
Checking Acct.: $19998.24
Total: $24,673.34

There was a $20 discrepancy from last month which John Lyman will resolve. John will also fix Elaine’s name on the VISA card. Kevin, John O’Connell and Larry will stop by the bank to add/update their signatories on the account.

The Secretary of State Franchise Form needs to be updated; John Lyman will handle it. A Federal Tax Form 990 will need to be filed with the 2007 tax return because the account will exceed $25,000.

The state check for the Horner Monument is pending. We have also paid the $5.00 to the Illinois Secretary of State to maintain our non-profit status.

The purchase of QuickBooks Online for Non-Profits for up to $175 was approved unanimously. $75 for flowers for Jake was approved unanimously.

Charges are still due for John O’Connell, Suzy and Susan Urban.

The Council will maintain stewardship over the funds for Sarah’s Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Program; John Lyman will track it using a separate ledger account.

Horner Field Renovation Report:
Tom McManamon reported that work continues, that sod is out there, and that they’re redressing all the grounds/terrain.

For the little field house funding the renovation has been appropriated but not released.

The ballfield lights project for fields #1 and #2 is expected to proceed this fall; it will be six towers rather than the original nine. There has been no reply to the letter requesting more information sent on The Council’s behalf several months ago.

Park Announcements:
Jake is recovering and enjoyed the flowers sent on The Council’s behalf. April was promoted, and finding a replacement is in the works. Joe will be retiring in December. A senior walking club will be added beginning next year, as will bitty basketball. Tom is working on an indoor baseball camp for January.

Approximately 1200 people enjoyed this fall’s Pumpkin Patch.

Gardens:
The crew cut grasses in front of the fieldhouse, making up not finishing cleanup at the end of last year. Suzy is planting bulbs at Horner and Buffalo Parks, and cutting back; she has 5 hours left. The planter boxes in Manor Park that were removed by the CTA are not expected to return; The Council looks forward to reimbursement.

Web site:
The hosting has been migrated from Pair Networks to Dreamhost. Michael will arrange for a prorated refund from Pair for the unused balance.

Park Briefs:
Horner Park:
John Lyman brought the report from Wil-Ray Masonry Inc., the contractor who refurbished the monument, which proposed a regular maintenance cleaning regimen. The Council tabled discussion of this topic until January/February.

The Irving Park Road underbridge connector is in the works at CDOT.

The 25’ aluminum flagpole currently standing in from of the closed Foster Ave. police station is still available. The Council proposed arrangements be made to secure the flagpole for Horner Park while siting plans and funding are pending. The Council also asked that siting the flag on the deck overhanging the entryway, on projecting from the front of the building, be considered.

Ravenswood Manor Park:
Larry Brown would like to see a plan the landscaping in Manor Park; Suzy pointed out that there’s no point without knowing what’s happening with the fencing. Larry Brown is also working with the Ravenswood Manor Improvement Association on issues related to the park.

Buffalo Park:
John O’Connell passed around concept drawing and photos for the council ring.

New Business:
Tom proposed the purchase four cordless phones to improve the responsiveness of the staff as the manage the park’s widespread facilities. Up to $300 for this purchase was approved unanimously.

No other business, the meeting adjourned at 9:30 PM

The next meeting is scheduled for Monday December 04 at 7 PM at Horner Park.

Respectfully submitted: Kevin Anderson

Roster of those in Attendance: Larry Brown, President; John Lyman, Vice President/Treasurer; John O’Connell, Co-Secretary; Kevin Anderson, Co-Secretary; Larry Hodak; Michael HolmAlan MuellerSusie Novak; Tom McManamon, CPD; Kitty Gale, CPD

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