Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Board Meeting-April 21, 2016
Major Items Discussed:
Observer Nancy Marcus
MWRD to Buy 100,000 Tree Saplings
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Board Meeting - April 7, 2016
Major Items Discussed:
Update on rules for Public Speakers at MWRD Meetings:
Commissioner Bradford’s change to the placement of public speakers at board meetings was deferred for a later date. Right now, public speakers can speak after each agenda item. The change would put all public speakers at the beginning of each board meeting. Late arriving speakers would have a second chance to speak at the end. Commissioner Bradford said that this would make meetings more orderly. Commissioner Avila disagreed and said that the meetings were orderly already. He also stated that he liked hearing from the public after each agenda item.
The Board went into Executive Session at 11:40am and was expected to pass all agenda items on their return.
Observer - Jan Goldberg Meeting Length - 1 hour 40 minutes
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Board Meeting - March 17, 2016
Significant Topics Discussed:
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) will provide an $180,000 grant to a new non-profit being “birthed” in Chicago called “Current”. World Business Chicago is launching this water technology research center that will focus on local water issues. The MWRD staff and Debra Shore among other commissioners believes this technology center has the potential to be a great resource and will monitor Current’s value over the next two years.
Board Members asked the staff to provide new real estate appraisal guidelines and to get an updated appraisal for a vacant property that is currently being rented at an annual rate of 10% of its 2012 appraised value. The importance of this request reflects the board’s interest in its fiduciary responsibilities to MWRD and the citizens that underwrite the work of its operations.
A citizen during the public comment period called for an Independent Inspector General for the MWRD. The League of Women Voters of Cook County strongly supports the creation of this office.
Significant Topic Removed from Agenda:
Deleted from the agenda was a request by Executive Director, David St. Pierre to start the statutory procedures to sell the MWRD’s lobby and plaza areas of its 101-11 East Erie Street building. The board was very reluctant to give approval without investigating long-term rental or other options. A hotel is being built adjacent to the MWRD building and its owners want to buy the current lobby in order to facilitate getting a liquor license to serve alcohol on the lower level of its hotel.
Observer - Diane Edmundson
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