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Meeting Name: FPD Board of Commissioners Agenda status: Final
Meeting date/time: 5/11/2021 10:00 AM Minutes status: Draft  
Meeting location: Virtual Meeting
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21-0252 1 Amendment to 2021 Board Agenda Meeting Annual Calendar Dates and LocationsPreviously Approved Item AmendmentPROPOSED PREVIOUSLY APPROVED ITEM AMENDMENT Department: Office of the Secretary Request: Amendment to 2021 Board Agenda Meeting Annual Calendar Dates and Locations Item Number: 20-0350 Fiscal Impact: N/A Account(s): N/A District(s): N/A Original Text of Item: PROPOSED RESOLUTION 2021 BOARD AGENDA MEETING ANNUAL CALENDAR DATES AND LOCATIONS WHEREAS, in accordance with Section 4-1(a) of Chapter 5 of Title 1 of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County Code of Ordinances, the Forest Preserve District of Cook County Board of Commissioners (“the Board”) shall hold regular meetings pursuant to an annual calendar adopted by resolution of the Board; and WHEREAS, in accordance with Section 2.03 of the Illinois Open Meetings Act, as amended, every public body shall give public notice of the schedule of regular meetings at the beginning of each calendar or fiscal year and shall state the regular dates, times and places of such meetings. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by Toni Preckwinkle, President, and the Forest Preserves of Cook County Bo   Not available Not available
21-0247 1 PROPOSED RESOLUTIONResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING AND SUPPORTING MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH AND TOOLS 2 THRIVE OUTSIDE WHEREAS, May is Mental Health Awareness Month and during May the Forest Preserves of Cook County (the “Forest Preserves”) is working with the Nature, Culture, and Human Health Network (NCH2) to highlight Mental Health America’s national movement to raise awareness about mental health; and WHEREAS, the Forest Preserves is a founding member of NCH2, a network that connects people with interests in investigating and applying knowledge about the health benefits of nature to improve the health and well-being of Chicago-region communities; and WHEREAS, numerous studies have shown that daily exposure to nature has a wide range of health benefits for both body and mind; and being outside in nature has been shown to reduce blood pressure, reduce feelings of stress and anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, and improve mood; and WHEREAS, scientific research in the growing field of ecotherapy, or nature therapy, demonstrates that people have a deep connection to their environme   Not available Not available
21-0266 1 PROPOSED RESOLUTIONResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION ADOPTION OF THE CLEAN ENERGY FRAMEWORK WHEREAS, over one hundred years ago, visionary leaders had the foresight to create the Forest Preserves of Cook County (the “Forest Preserves”) with the mission “to acquire, restore and manage lands for the purpose of protecting and preserving public open space”; and WHEREAS, Illinois has experienced a one-degree Fahrenheit increase in average annual temperature since the beginning of the 21st Century; and WHEREAS, recent climate projections published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and other scientific organizations, predict that if global emissions of greenhouse gases continue to rise, historically unprecedented warming is anticipated in the Midwest region in the next few decades; and WHEREAS, along with a projected rise in annual temperatures, studies also project that the Midwest region likely will experience increased events of extreme precipitation during winter and spring, and intense summer droughts, stronger storms, more street and basement flooding and combined sewer ov   Not available Not available
21-0244 1 PROPOSED LICENSE REQUESTLicense RequestPROPOSED LICENSE REQUEST Request: Requesting authorization for the Forest Preserves of Cook County (the “Forest Preserves”), as Licensor to grant a License to Oakton Community College (“OCC”), Grantee, to locate, operate and maintain a 114-foot sidepath, guardrail and stormwater improvements on the west side of College Drive, about a quarter mile north of Golf Road at Kloempken Prairie. This sidepath is designed to provide a safe route to the campus for bicyclists and pedestrians, who currently have to share College Drive with vehicles. OCC has agreed to include interpretive signage at this location, notifying sidepath users of the adjacent forest preserve. Term: Ten (10) Years License Fee: $4,710.74 License Application Fee: $1,500.00 License Review Fees: $3,000.00 YELAR Fee: $6,750.00 Total one-time upfront fee of $15,960.74 for the term of the License (Sec. 5-2A-4 and 5-2B-4) Tree Mitigation Fee: None The area of the License is: 0.0523 Acre Concurrence(s): The Chief Financial Officer has approved this item. Final agreement is subject to legal   Not available Not available
21-0243 1 PROPOSED INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENTIntergovernmental AgreementPROPOSED INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENT Department: Department of Planning and Development Other Part(ies): The Village of Melrose Park (“Melrose Park”) Request: Authorization for the Forest Preserves of Cook County (the “Forest Preserves”) to enter into an Intergovernmental Agreement (“IGA”) with Melrose Park to widen and maintain two (2) drainage ditches in Thatcher Woods. Goods or Services: The authority requested is to grant permission to Melrose Park to widen and maintain two (2) existing drainage ditches on approximately 0.17 acres of Forest Preserves land located on the west side of the Des Plaines River in Thatcher Woods just south of North Avenue. Agreement Number(s): N/A Agreement Period: Perpetual, subject to termination after twenty (20) years Fiscal Impact: $15,000.00 one-time upfront payment to the Forest Preserves for ecological restoration License Fee: $15,495.87 (waived) License Application Fees: $3,500.00 (waived) YELAR Fee: $6,750.00 (waived) Tree Mitigation Fee: N/A Accounts: N/A District(s): 9 Summary: Melros   Not available Not available
21-0269 1 PROPOSED CONTRACT AMENDMENTContract AmendmentPROPOSED CONTRACT AMENDMENT Department(s): Department of Landscape Maintenance Vendor: Red Wing Shoes, Elk Grove Village, Illinois Request: Authorization for the Forest Preserves of Cook County (the “Forest Preserves”) to extend and increase contract Good(s) or Service(s): Employee Boots Original Contract Period: 4/30/2019 - 4/29/2020; Administrative Extension 4/30/2020 - 4/29/2021 Proposed Contract Period Extension: 4/30/2021 (retroactive) - 9/30/2022 Total Current Contract Amount Authority: $25,000.00 Original Approval: 4/30/2019, $25,000.00 Previous Increase(s): N/A This Increase Requested: $40,000.00 Estimated Fiscal Impact: FY 2021 $20,000.00; FY 2022 $20,000.00 Accounts: Apparel 51001.530130 Contract Number(s): #74000003341 (GSA Contract GS-07F-0027N (FSC Group 84, Part II, Section B, “Special Purpose Clothing”) Concurrences: The Chief Financial Officer has approved this item. Final amendment is subject to legal review and approval. The Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Ordinance is not applicable due    Not available Not available
21-0264 1 PROPOSED CONTRACTContractPROPOSED CONTRACT Department(s): Department of Facilities and Fleet Vendor: Currie Commercial Center, Frankfort, Illinois Request: Authorization for the Forest Preserves of Cook County (the “Forest Preserves”) to enter into and execute a contract with Currie Commercial Center who was awarded a contract by the Suburban Purchasing Cooperative (#152) through a competitive process. Good(s) or Service(s): Two (2) Ford Interceptor Utility Hybrids with K-9 package Contract Value: $111,183.70 Contract Period: one-time purchase Estimated Fiscal Impact: FY 2021 $111,183.70 Accounts: Vehicles and Trucks 51058.530175 and 51010.521313 Contract Number(s): #74000009110 Concurrences: The Chief Financial Officer and Chief Attorney have approved this item. The Vehicle Steering Committee has approved the purchase of the referenced vehicles. The contract-specific Minority- and Women-owned Business Enterprise goal for this contract was set to zero. District(s): Districtwide Summary: The Vehicle Steering Committee (VSC) voted to decommission a total   Not available Not available
21-0265 1 PROPOSED CONTRACTContractPROPOSED CONTRACT Department(s): Department of Facilities and Fleet Vendor: Sutton Ford, Inc., Matteson, Illinois Request: Authorization for the Forest Preserves of Cook County (the “Forest Preserves”) to enter into and execute a piggyback contract with Sutton Ford, Inc., who was awarded a contract by the City of Chicago (#101191) through a competitive process. Good(s) or Service(s): Thirteen (13) Ford Interceptor Utility Hybrids (marked), three (3) Ford Interceptor Utility Hybrids (unmarked) and one (1) Escape Hybrid Contract Value: $834,387.88 Contract Period: one-time purchase Estimated Fiscal Impact: FY 2021 $834,387.88 Accounts: Vehicles and Trucks 51058.530175, 51009.540250 and 51028.520830 Contract Number(s): #74000009111 Concurrences: The Chief Financial Officer and Chief Attorney have approved this item. The Vehicle Steering Committee has approved the purchase of the referenced vehicles. The Vendor has met the Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise Ordinance via direct participation. District(s): Districtwide Summar   Not available Not available
21-0220 1 PROPOSED BID RECOMMENDATIONBid RecommendationPROPOSED BID RECOMMENDATION Department: Department of Planning and Development Request: Authorization for the Forest Preserves of Cook County (the “Forest Preserves”) to enter into a construction contract with A.L.L. Masonry Construction Co., Inc., d/b/a ALL Construction Group, primary place of business Cicero, Illinois, for masonry repairs and window replacements at Central Compound Vehicle Maintenance Garage located near Maywood. Reason: Contract #74000009070 issued under Project #21-80-07 Masonry Repairs and Window Replacements at the Central Garage. The work addresses energy efficiency improvements as well as deferred maintenance work. The work includes, but is not limited to, the removal and replacement of the existing original windows, masonry repairs, and the abatement of asbestos containing materials. Bid Opening Date: 4/7/2021 Bid Results: Firm Base Bid 1. ALL Construction Group $693,736.00 2. Tyler Lane Construction Inc. $703,600.00 3. Empire Construction Company $746,737.00 4. Robe, Inc. $756,000.00 5. Berglund Construction Company $757,000.00 6. Fabex Techno   Not available Not available
21-0246 1 PROPOSED BID RECOMMENDATIONBid RecommendationPROPOSED BID RECOMMENDATION Department: Department of Planning and Development Request: Authorization for the Forest Preserves of Cook County (the “Forest Preserves”) to enter into a construction contract with Enlight Contracting, LLC, primary place of business Chicago, Illinois, for Districtwide Transportation Improvements at Irving Park Canoe Landing in Schiller Park, Sunset Bridge Meadow in River Grove, Harms Woods Central, Harms Woods North and Blue Star Memorial Woods in Glenview. Reason: Contract #74000009069 issued under Project #19-80-67G-21C2 Districtwide Transportation Improvements at five (5) northeast locations (Irving Park Canoe Landing, Sunset Bridge Meadow, Harms Woods Central, Harms Woods North and Blue Star Memorial Woods). The work includes, but is not limited to, pavement resurfacing, trail construction, drainage and sidewalk improvements, and other related work as specified in the plans and specifications. Bid Opening Date: 4/7/2021 Bid Results: Firm Base Bid 1. Enlight Contracting, LLC $687,878.07* 2. M&J Asphalt Paving Co, Inc. $903,711.90 3. Matthew    Not available Not available
21-0259 1 PROPOSED DISBURSEMENTDisbursementPROPOSED DISBURSEMENT Department(s): Department of Resource Management Action: Authorization to disburse payment Payee: Stantec Consulting Services, Lombard, Illinois Good(s) or Service(s): Comprehensive habitat enhancement services Fiscal Impact: $457,780.34 Accounts: Professional Services 51030.520840; Grant and Mitigation 51010.521444 and 51010.521314 Contract Number(s): #74000003824 issued under Project #18-31-101C District(s): Districtwide Summary: Payment for expenses related to execution of comprehensive habitat enhancement services provided by Stantec Consulting Services, including invasive species and brush removal operations, pursuant to the Habitat Enhancement Services contract approved by the Forest Preserves of Cook County’s Board of Commissioners on 7/26/2018 (Board Item No. 18-0299).   Not available Not available
21-0260 1 PROPOSED DISBURSEMENTDisbursementPROPOSED DISBURSEMENT Department(s): Department of Resource Management Action: Authorization to disburse payment Payee: Pizzo & Associates, Leland, Illinois Good(s) or Service(s): Comprehensive habitat enhancement services Fiscal Impact: $283,158.44 Accounts: Professional Services 51030.520840; Grant and Mitigation 51010.521444 and 51010.520840 Contract Number(s): #74000003825 issued under Project #18-31-101S District(s): Districtwide Summary: Payment for expenses related to execution of comprehensive habitat enhancement services provided by Pizzo & Associates, including invasive species and brush removal operations, pursuant to the Habitat Enhancement Services contract approved by the Forest Preserves of Cook County’s Board of Commissioners on 7/26/2018 (Board Item No. 18-0301).   Not available Not available
21-0248 1 The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Award (CAFR)ReportREPORT Department: Department of Finance and Administration Request: Receive and File Report Title: Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Award Report Period: Fiscal Year End 2019 Summary: The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting, and represents a significant accomplishment by a local government. The award is given by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) upon its review of the Forest Preserves’ Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for FY 2019. The GFOA has awarded the Forest Preserves of Cook County the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for thirteen (13) consecutive years. In order to be awarded the certificate, a government must publish an easily readable and efficiently organized CAFR. The report must satisfy both accounting principles generally accepted in the United States and applicable legal requirements.   Not available Not available
21-0250 1 REPORT Department of Finance and AdministrationReportREPORT Department: Department of Finance and Administration Request: Receive and File Report Title: Forest Preserves of Cook County Annual Fee Waiver and Discount Report FY 2020 Report Period: 1/1/2020 - 12/31/2020 Summary: Under the Forest Preserves Code of Ordinances certain discounts are granted to veteran or non-profit organizations with respect to recreational use of Forest Preserves property or amenities. Additional discounts may be offered at the discretion of the General Superintendent. The Forest Preserves implemented a Few Waiver Policy (Policy Number: 02.30.00) establishing the process for when discounts or waivers would be granted. The policy requires an annual report to the Board of Commissioners on discounts and waivers for the sake of transparency. The Fee Waiver and Discount Report describes specific discount categories and various passes issued pursuant to Forest Preserves Board Approved Resolution, 16-0314, dated July 12, 2016. In 2020, the Forest Preserves issued significantly fewer discounts and complimentary passes than in prior years.    Not available Not available
21-0255 1 Report Workers’ Compensation Report - March 2021ReportREPORT Department: Departments of Legal and Finance Request: Receive and File Report Title: Workers’ Compensation Report - March 2021 Report Period: 3/1/2021 - 3/31/2021 Summary: Per Board Resolution 19-0509 (12/17/2019), the Forest Preserves of Cook County Legal and Finance Departments are submitting Workers’ Compensation Claim Payments for the month of March 2021.   Not available Not available
21-0267 1 Corporate Fund Analysis of Revenue and Expenditures Report Period: 1/1/2021 - 3/31/2021ReportREPORT Department: Department of Finance and Administration Request: Receive and File Report Title: Corporate Fund Analysis of Revenue and Expenditures Report Period: 1/1/2021 - 3/31/2021 Summary: Detailed Fund Analysis of Revenue and Expenditures for March 2021.   Not available Not available
21-0268 1 Procurement and Disbursements Report: 3/1/2021 - 3/31/2021ReportREPORT Department: Department of Finance and Administration Request: Receive and File Report Title: Procurement and Disbursements Report Report Period: 3/1/2021 - 3/31/2021 Summary: Submitting the Procurement and Disbursements Report for the period of March 2021. The report is to be received and filed in compliance with Section 1-8-2 (BB) of the District’s Code of Ordinances.   Not available Not available
21-0273 1 FY’21 2nd Quarter Open Recommendation Status ReportReportREPORT Department: Office of the County Auditor Request: Refer to Audit Committee Report Title: FY’21 2nd Quarter Open Recommendation Status Report Report Period: May 2021 Summary: Report on the status of open audit recommendations.   Not available Not available
21-0257 1 RECOMMENDATION OF THE FINANCE SUBCOMMITTEE (LITIGATION) Finance Subcommittee Meeting on Litigation - 4/13/2021Recommendation of the Finance Subcommittee (Litigation)RECOMMENDATION OF THE FINANCE SUBCOMMITTEE (LITIGATION) Finance Subcommittee Meeting on Litigation - 4/13/2021 The Finance Subcommittee on Litigation met on the above listed date and recommends the following for approval: Proposed Settlements Approved Fiscal Year 2021 to Present: $1,795,564.89 Proposed Settlements to Be Approved: $44,000.00 Legal Fees Approved Fiscal Year 2021 to Present: $231,233.35 Legal Fees for 4/13/2021 to Be Approved: $83,368.34   Not available Not available
21-0256 1 RECOMMENDATION OF THE FINANCE SUBCOMMITTEE (WORKERS’ COMPENSATION) Finance Subcommittee Meeting on Workers’ Compensation - 5/11/202Recommendation of the Finance Subcomittee (Workers' Compensation)RECOMMENDATION OF THE FINANCE SUBCOMMITTEE (WORKERS’ COMPENSATION) Finance Subcommittee Meeting on Workers’ Compensation - 5/11/2021 The Finance Subcommittee on Workers’ Compensation met on the above listed date and recommends the following for approval: Workers’ Compensation Claims approved Fiscal Year 2021 to present: $197,175.30 Workers’ Compensation Claims to Be Approved: $165,000.00   Not available Not available
21-0277 1 JOURNAL OF PROCEEDINGSJournal of ProceedingsJOURNAL OF PROCEEDINGS SECRETARY TO THE BOARD, Matthew B. DeLeon, presented in printed form a record of the Journal of Proceedings of the regular meeting held on 04/13/2021.   Not available Not available
21-0254 1 PROPOSED CALENDAR OF EVENTSCalendar of EventsPROPOSED CALENDAR OF EVENTS Department: Department of Conservation and Experiential Programming Summary: Forest Preserves of Cook County Calendar of Events and Activities 5/11/2021 - 6/22/2021 Please check the Forest Preserves of Cook County’s website, www.fpdcc.com/events, for updates and changes. Tuesday, 5/11 Brookfield Zoo Spring Run, Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo, Brookfield Brookfield Zoo’s first-ever Virtual 5K Spring Run/Walk takes you outdoors to enjoy the warm weather and glorious colors of spring. You choose the time and place-take a hike in a forest preserve, jog along a waterfront trail, or stroll through a neighborhood, for example. Or if you enjoy competition, run the full 5K (3.1-miles) and compare your time with other runners. Each runner will receive a numbered bib and commemorative swag included with registration. To register, visit CZS.org. Tuesday, 5/11 through Monday, 9/6 Dinos Everywhere! Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo, Brookfield Over 40 animatronic dinosaurs that are BIGGER and BADDER than ever before have arrived at Brookfield Z   Not available Not available
21-0223 1 EASEMENT REQUEST EASEMENT REQUEST EASEMENT REQUESTEasement RequestEASEMENT REQUEST Request: Requesting authorization for the Forest Preserves of Cook County (the “Forest Preserves”) to grant a permanent easement and a temporary easement to Illinois Department of Transportation (“IDOT”) at IL Route 7 (Southwest Highway) and 131st Street in the Groundhog Slough forest preserve for less than 0.2 acres for roadway improvements. Reason: Permanent and temporary easements are needed at the northwest corner of Southwest Highway and 131st Street as part of a larger drainage improvement project between 131st and 135th Streets. This road segment has experienced severe flooding due to inadequate drainage infrastructure. Stormwater would be conveyed via new storm sewers and improved ditches to Mill Creek and the Cal Sag Channel. The proposed drainage improvements will allow for more effective management of the water levels at McGinnis Slough, which drains via storm sewer to the ditch along Southwest Highway. A small permanent easement is needed on Forest Preserves land adjoining the roadways for slight roadway widening, installation of traffic signal   Not available Not available
21-0233 1 Forest Preserve District of Cook County Worker’s Compensation Audit Process ReviewReportREPORT Department: Office of the County Auditor Request: Refer to Audit Committee Report Title: Forest Preserve District of Cook County Workers Compensation Audit Process Review Report Period: March 2021 Summary: This audit was designed to evaluate the effectiveness of the internal controls in place to ensure that each Workers Compensation claim was valid based on the required information given to support that an incident occurred, was reported timely, accurately and was administered properly.   Not available Not available
21-0284 1 REQUESTING A HEARING INTO THE POLICIES AND PRACTICES OF THE COUNTY FOREST PRESERVE DISTRICT TO PROTECT THE CIVIL RIGHTS OF IMMIGRANTS AND BIPOC RESIDENTS AND VISITORS WITHIN COOK COUNTYResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION REQUESTING A HEARING INTO THE POLICIES AND PRACTICES OF THE COUNTY FOREST PRESERVE DISTRICT TO PROTECT THE CIVIL RIGHTS OF IMMIGRANTS AND BIPOC RESIDENTS AND VISITORS WITHIN COOK COUNTY WHEREAS, Cook County has always been home to people from many racial and ethnic backgrounds, and the Cook County Forest Preserve District has been a public space and place to visit nature for these residents and visitors. With over one million immigrants, Cook County has the largest concentration of foreign-born residents in the State of Illinois. Many of these individuals and families visits our preserves and are among the over 60 million visits that the Forest Preserve District experiences each year over its almost 70,000 acres; and WHEREAS, the Cook County Forest Preserve District has benefitted and continues to benefit culturally, socially, and economically from the diversity of its residents; and WHEREAS, the Cook County Forest Preserve District and its partners, the Brookfield Zoo and Chicago Botanic Garden, are committed to being a Fair and Equal place for all im   Not available Not available
21-0285 1 RECOGNIZING MAY AS MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTHResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING MAY AS MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH IN THE FOREST PRESERVE DISTRICT OF COOK COUNTY WHEREAS, mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being; and WHEREAS, According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year. 1 in 20 U.S. adults experience serious mental illness each year. 1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year,50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, 75% by age 24 and suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-34; and WHEREAS, all Americans face challenges in life that can impact their mental health, whether it is due to the loss of a loved one, socioeconomics circumstances and especially during a pandemic; and WHEREAS, mental health conditions are real and prevalent in our nation according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency (SAMHSA),for adults aged 18 or older, the percentage who had any mental illness (AMI) in the past year increased from 17.7 percent (or 39.8    Not available Not available