Forest Preserve District (FPD) Cook County Board Meeting
Sept. 22, 2020
Meeting called to order at 10:00 am
Agenda Item 20-0279 Adoption of Amended Tree Mitigation Plan. Commissioner Arroyo made a motion to discharge this item from committee, substituting it for 20-0278 which was put into effect Nov. 1, 2020. This substituted item provides greater detail for planning tree mitigation projects within the forest preserves between public utilities and the FPD. Resolution was passed. Other agenda items relating to tree mitigation, including 20-0320, were also passed.
Agenda Item 20-0303. Partnership Agreement with Chicago Region Trees Initiative (CRTI) Master Plan. This is a collaboration with over 90 organizations and agencies to leverage their knowledge, resources and expertise to build a healthier, more diverse and resilient regional forest. Partners include Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL; Arborist Assoc., Antioch, IL; Chgo Dept of Health, Chgo, IL; Metropolitan Mayors Conference, Chgo, IL. Com. Britton stated that a healthy tree canopy is essential in addressing climate change. Passed.
Agenda Item 20-0333 Corporate Fund Analysis of Revenue and Expenditures for July 2020.
Agenda Item 20-0334 Procurement and Disbursements Report, June 1, 2020-July 31, 2020
Agenda Item 20-0335 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), Fiscal Year Ending 12/31/2019, Audit completed. Ending balance for 2019 was $84.7 million, an increase of over $12.6 million from 2018.
CFO Steven Hughes stated that cost cutting steps taken since April include a hiring freeze that has resulted in 50 open positions. Only the most necessary will be filled; these are primarily law enforcement positions. Budget for July was met. CFO reported a “healthy corporation fund balance” is expected this year, due in part to last year’s balance. Vote to Receive and File was passed.
Agenda Item 20-0304 Proposed Resolution in Support of the 10 Shared Principals of the Illinois Assc. of Chiefs of Police and the Illinois NAACP was presented by Com. Britton and co sponsor Com Miller. Com. Britton stated its purpose is to support continued progress in policing. Commissioners made comments and had questions for the sponsors. In response, Britton stated that every suburban police dept. with which they have communicated has already adopted this and adhere to its principles. The IL Association of Chiefs of Police have been involved in discussions with suburban and urban police in developing this and the Association approved this specific language. Com. Miller stated that this statement of principles allows police dept. to review and become current with present concerns in policing. Supt. Randall stated that within the FPD, the focus of policing continues to be developing relationship with the public that is respectful. Supt. Randall stated that the values and intent in the 10 Shared Principles initiative reflect standards the FPD police are expected to achieve. Com. Arroyo moved to refer this to the Law Enforcement Committee for further discussion. Com. S. Morrisson seconded. Com Moore, committee chair, stated this would be be called at next month’s meeting. Passed.
Other items of note:
Observer - Carolyn Cosentino Length of meeting - 2 hr 8 min
Cook County Forest Preserve District Board Meeting - June 16, 2020
Observed by: Laura Davis Meeting Length: 10:20 to 11:34am (difficulty connecting to virtual meeting)
Cook County Forest Preserve District Board Meeting
October 22, 2019
The Forest Preserve Board meeting spent 40 minutes of the hour on the consent agenda thanking various employees for their time served.
The IL Nature Preserve Commission thanked the Forest Preserve District (FPD) for preserving species and habitat in many spots throughout Cook County. Harms Woods is just the most recent designation in the FPD as a nature preserve.
Superintendent Randall reported that attendance is up, that fall is a lovely time to visit the forest preserve because there are fall colors and no insects. Permits go on sale November 15 and on-line use should make it especially easy.
He thanked an employee for almost single-handedly updating the website, particularly with regard to mobile-friendly access. He mentioned Ryan Lothian by name and said that otherwise it would have cost the FPD more than $100k to update and improve the website. Check out the updated website.
Observer: Amy Little
Cook County's Forest Preserve Superintendent Shares Urban Wildlife Management Techniques with Beijing
Cook County Forest Preserve District Board Of Commissioners Meeting
February 19, 2019
What did the Board decide?
What else did the Board discuss?
Most of the meeting consisted of two presentations.
Other Items of Interest
Observer - Amy Little Meeting Length: 53 minutes
Cook County Forest Preserve District Board Meeting - September 11, 2018
What did the Board decide?
The following items of interest were all referred to the Real Estate Committee:
Observer - Sarah Bury Meeting Length - 23 minutes
Forest Preserve District of Cook County Board Meeting - April 24, 2018
What did the Board decide?
Approved the following:
There were multiple committee meetings before the scheduled Board meeting including Workman’s Compensation, Rules, Finance, Real Estate (for a Metropolitan Water Reclamation District license renewal request for a pumping station) and Finance Subcommittee on Litigation.
The Board meeting actually started 45 minutes late due to the length of the Consent Calendar Meeting of the Cook County Board which included resolutions and awards for a variety of groups (the Loyola Mens Basketball team, Sexual Assault Awareness Month, National Service Day, Autism Awareness Month, Westchester Food Pantry etc.) This was then followed by the quick moving committee meetings listed above.
Observer - Peggy Kell Meeting Length - 30 minutes
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