Decatur Park District Board holds public hearing on sale of general obligation bonds
Decatur Park District Board met Wednesday, Jan. 4.
Here are the minutes as provided by Decatur Park District:
MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF PARK COMMISSIONERS OF DECATUR PARK
DISTRICT, MACON COUNTY, ILLINOIS, HELD AT DECATUR PARK DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION OFFICE
620 E. RIVERSIDE AVENUE, DECATUR, ILLINOIS
AT 12:00 NOON ON THE 4th DAY OF JANUARY, 2017
The Board of Park Commissioners of Decatur Park District, Macon County, Illinois, met in a regular session on Wednesday, the 4th day of January, 2017 at the hour of 12:00 Noon at the Decatur Park District Administration Office, 620 E. Riverside Avenue, Decatur, Illinois at which time and place there were present the following officers and members of said Board:
Bob Brilley, II, President
Chris Harrison, Vice President
Stacey Young, Commissioner
Jack Kenny, Commissioner
Absent: Chris Riley, Commissioner
A quorum of the members of the Board of Park Commissioners being present, President Brilley called the meeting to order and declared the Board to be in session for the transaction of business.
The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States was recited.
PUBLIC HEARING: As published in the Herald & Review, Notice of a Public Hearing was given for the Park Board of Commissioners to receive public comments on the proposal to sell (a) general obligation park bonds of the District in the amount of not to exceed $4,800,000 for (i) the revenue source to pay for a portion of the District’s outstanding Debt Certificates, Series 2010B; (ii) the payment of land condemned or purchased for parks, for the building, maintaining, improving and protecting of the same and the existing land and facilities of the District; and (iii) the payment of the expenses incident thereto and (b) general obligation alternate bonds of the District in the amount of not to exceed $11,000,000 for the payment of land condemned or purchased for parks, for the building, maintaining, improving and protecting of the same and the existing land and facilities of the District and for the payment of the expenses incident thereto. There were no comments from the public or from the Board of Commissioners.
NO. 15701 A motion to close the public hearing was made by Commissioner Harrison and seconded by Commissioner Young. All voted aye upon call of the roll.
NO. 15702 A motion to approve items 1 – 2 on the Consent Agenda was made by Commissioner Young and seconded by Commissioner Harrison. All voted aye.
- Minutes of the Previous Meeting
- Bills for Approval
RETIREMENT PRESENTATION Airport Director Tim Wright presented Jerry Smith with a commemorative plaque and watch in honor of 25 years of dedicated service at the Decatur Airport. Jerry started part-time at the Park District, and in 1991 moved to full-time at the Airport maintenance shop. Jerry has done a lot of mowing and moving snow on the 2,000 acres of Airport land. Thank you, Jerry!
NO. 15703 As part of the Park District’s Distinguished Agency re-accreditation process, an update to the Park District Mission, Vision and Goals was made to better reflect where we are today and where we are going. A motion was made by Commissioner Harrison and seconded by Commissioner Young to approve the updated Mission, Vision & Goals. All voted aye upon call of the roll.
AIRPORT Airport staff will begin monthly training as required by FAA standards.
The Airport will once again partner with Baum School in 2017. In April, staff will hold a week-long aviation event for students, which will include field trips to the Airport.
In the coming months, golf superintendents will assist with snow removal if necessary. This cooperative effort is good for the District, as well as the community.
OPERATIONS Old wooden park signs are being replaced throughout the District. Staff has finished tree trimming at Chandler Park and will be working on clearing overgrown areas in Nelson Park in preparation for the mountain bike course. The aerators have been put in place under the boat docks to prevent freezing.
There is a pile of tree and brush rubbish in Nelson Park which is free for people to take. Staff tries to get it cut up quickly so that it is easy to haul away.
At the Fairview pavilion, the north side of the decking is done except for a small patch where it had rotted. The decking on the south side is almost complete. Once the gutter system is done, the roofing company will come and put on the roof. When complete, the roof will look like it is metal.
GOLF Winter golf opened back up at Red Tail Run after the cold temperatures.
Golf staff is working on setting 2017 fees, as well as the golf budget.
Junior golf will resume at the DISC on January 5. The first session had a record number of kids, with 43 enrolled. Preschool golf had good numbers, as well, with 14 kids.
Twenty-five golf outings have been booked at Red Tail Run and Hickory Point for the 2017 season.
Staff will work with District #61 again this year to bring kids to the course to learn the game of golf.
RECREATION Super Saturday Recess at the DISC has had good numbers. On Saturdays from 10 a.m. – noon, kids can participate in a variety of activities including inflatables, scooters, tumbling, basketball and more. The cost is $4 per child.
The 5-week Lacrosse Winter Skills Camp starts January 14 for boys and girls.
Winter Break Day Camp averaged 12 kids per day. Another camp will be offered on January 16 when the kids are out of school.
The Greater Decatur Chorale Winter Concert is January 13, 14 and 15 at Scovill Banquet Facility.
The DISC Open House is this Saturday from 9:00 – 12:00 noon. Tours, DMH health screenings, lacrosse demos, group fitness class demos and discounts will be offered.
CFO BUHR Having held the public hearing, staff will continue to work with Speer Financial to prepare for the upcoming bond issue sale. Speer will put together the official financial documentation for prospective bidders. Next week, staff will participate in a conference call with Standard & Poor’s which will impact the bond rating that the District receives. At an upcoming Board meeting, bids will be presented to Commissioners with recommendations made to award the bond sales.
President Brilley The Nature Pavers fundraiser at the Zoo is a good idea.
Commissioner Harrison made and Commissioner Young seconded a motion that the meeting adjourn. All voted aye and the meeting adjourned at approximately 12:30 p.m.