Welcome to the December 2010 J.P.A.C. Newsletter vol. 17 no. 12

Jackson Park/JPAC home. hydepark.org/parks/index.html

Published by Jackson Park Advisory Council, a recognized advisory body to the Chicago Park District, Chicago Illinois

Editor Gary Ossewaarde. Hosted by hydepark.org, website of Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference (owner) by OnShore Communications.


Front page in pdf (Contents, Dec. 13 agenda, Announcements, Vitae)

Minutes and announcements


Jackson Park Advisory Council minutes of the November 8, 2010 meeting (with announcements)

Coming events – community meeting, Wooded Island walkthrough…
November 23, Tuesday, 6 p.m. Artificial surface field proposal community mtg.- 6401 S. Stony Island
November 26, Friday, 10 a.m. A walkthrough of Wooded Island and nearby re safety/security and natural areas care. Meet in the parking lot south of the Museum and east of Darrow Bridge. Q? 773 288-8343.
December 13 council meeting- See provisional agenda on the front page.

Jackson Park Advisory Council November 8 2010 meeting minutes

Gary Ossewaarde, Secretary convened the meeting at 7:30 p.m. with f Treasurer Dwight Powell. A quorum was present.

Minutes of the October meeting were accepted.

Treasurer’s report. Dwight Powell reported two deposits, one expenditure (park kids). Fiscal agent pay’t was made.

Election to fill two vacant offices for the next month only was held due to requir’t for timely notice for an annual election. Elected by secret ballot were Louise McCurry, interim president and Toshia Booker-Blakeley, interim vp. Agreed that the general election will be held December 13. Nominees remain as from the October meeting:

President- Louise McCurry, Dwight Powell
Vice President- Toshia Booker-Blakeley, Judith Hill
Secretary- Gary Ossewaarde
Treasurer- Dwight Powell
Additional nominations will be taken from the floor.

Bylaws. Revised bylaws draft 7 was distributed with a key/finding aid. Five additional changes were read, moved and unanimously approved. An additional change regarding procedure for vacancies without a formal resignation and regarding officer non-attendance at two consecutive meetings was outlined and approved. Moved, seconded approved to provisionally approve draft 7 and all proposed additional changes, and for the committee (Gary Ossewaarde and Fran Vandervoort) to confer with the attorney and prepare and consolidate all approved changes into a draft for final vote December 13. That draft, current bylaws, and approved changes can be accessed from http://www.hydepark.org/parks/jpac/bylawsnew.htm and posted in the fieldhouse. Those who want it mailed were advised to contact the secretary at garyossewaarde@yahoo.com or leave a message at 773 288-8343.

Communications. A letter from Zhanna Yermakov, Chicago Park District Natural Resources, was read. It countered a statement in the October Newsletter citing former JPAC President Ross Petersen that many planted saplings on Wooded Island were not watered and had died. The letter states that “all the new trees were watered regularly, and out of more than 100 trees, 5 did not survive. These trees are under warranty and will be replaced next spring. We also had tremendous success with our planting over 300+ native shrubs” and notes that seeds of invasive plants will continue to germinate from the soil and will be removed as they sprout.

Jerome Scott, Park District Forester, relayed that the council needs to quickly decide and communicate its level of priority and commitment to natural areas care, in terms of committee, regular volunteers and groups that can be recruited to help, and site steward(s). In addition, he reported that he has been in discussion with Care of Trees, which would like to again do tree clearance on the Island. The council agreed that the nature committee will make a recommendation to the next meeting. Members noted that the anticipated council contribution (c. $2,400) would come leave only a few hundred dollars in our bank balance. However, our annual fundraising mailing is imminent.

Park safety and security. The committee and officers were instructed to gather information on what the problems are in what parts of the park and a possible agenda, hold a walk through including in Wooded Island, and work with the 5th Ward Office to convene a meeting of responsible stakeholders and police agencies on park security.

Announcements and information included that we should expect to find work in progress by CDOT on park paths and trails especially along Marquette Road. Noted: JPAC vetted and approved the plans several years ago.

It is park budget time and officers are to take a close look to make sure staffing and standards are maintained.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:45 p.m. Next meeting December 13, 7:30 p.m. 6401 S. Stony Island.

Respectfully submitted, Gary Ossewaarde, Secretary