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Meeting Name: FPD Board of Commissioners Agenda status: Final
Meeting date/time: 2/8/2022 10:00 AM Minutes status: Final  
Meeting location: Virtual Meeting
Published agenda: Agenda Agenda Published minutes: Minutes Minutes  
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Attachments: Click here to watch live, To comment on an item on the agenda, click here, Consent Agenda 2-8-2022, New Items 2-8-2022.pdf, Hannah Nelson.pdf, Hannah Nelson_Coyote Rebuttal_1-10-2022.pdf, Hannah Nelson petition-commenters.pdf, Hannah Nelson jan14-fbpost.JPG, Hannah Nelson jan26-fbpost.JPG, Donald H. Kuehlthau and Elizabeth C. Schuch.pdf, Dr. Madhuri Pydisetty.pdf, Ezra Goodman-Lucker, Rae Goodman.pdf, Ruth Whelan.pdf, Victoria Sunkel.pdf, Barbara A. Weiner, J.D. FFCC Meeting on River Trail Coyote.pdf, Karen Elger.pdf
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22-0123 1  Consent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING VOLUNTEER STEWARDS VICTOR AND JEAN GUARINO FOR 30 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE FOREST PRESERVES OF COOK COUNTY WHEREAS, Victor and Jean Guarino are founding members of the Thatcher Woods Savanna Restoration Project, a coalition of volunteers established in 1990 dedicated to the restoration and preservation of the diverse, high quality ecological landscapes of the Thatcher Woods river corridor, which includes Grand Army of the Republic Woods and Thomas Jefferson Woods; and WHEREAS, Victor and Jean Guarino have served as Site Stewards at these preserves for over 30 years, building a team of local volunteers who have helped care for these incredibly unique landscapes for decades; and WHEREAS, the Thatcher Woods landscape is considered one of the finest remnants of mesic upland forest and floodplain forest in the region, supporting a high diversity of native plants and wildlife; and WHEREAS, under their leadership, the flora and fauna of the Thatcher Woods area have recovered and thrived through sustainable volunteer effort and public education in the preseapprovePass Action details Not available
22-0126 1  Ordinance AmendmentPROPOSED ORDINANCE AMENDMENT Title 6 - Business, License and Permit Provisions BE IT ORDAINED, by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County Board of Commissioners, Title 6 - Business, License and Permit Provisions, Chapter 2 - Hawkers and Peddlers, of the Forest Preserve District Code of Ordinances is hereby amended as follows: TITLE 6 - BUSINESS, LICENSE AND PERMIT PROVISIONS CHAPTER 2 - HAWKERS AND PEDDLERS CONCESSIONS PERMITS AND CONTRACTS 6-2-1: - PERMIT REQUIRED CONCESSIONS PERMIT OR CONTRACT REQUIRED Outside of authorized District personnel in the performance of their job duties, no Person shall upon or in connection with any District Property: collect fees, admission or cover charges, or display or offer for sale any articles, items or things, or conduct or solicit any business, trade, occupation or profession without obtaining a valid vendor permit Concessions Permit or Contract from the General Superintendent or their designee, or the Board (if applicable), and then only in accordance with the terms and conditions thereof, it being the intention of the District toreferPass Action details Not available
22-0139 1 2021 Annual Report from the FPCC REDI CommitteeReportREPORT Department: Office of the General Superintendent Request: Receive and File Report Title: Annual Report from the Forest Preserves of Cook County (the “Forest Preserves”) REDI Committee Report Period: 2021 Summary: The Forest Preserves of Cook County is committed to advancing racial equity, diversity, and inclusion through organizational culture and policy change. This 2021 report-a second annual REDI report-serves as a tool to hold the Forest Preserves accountable to that commitment while striving to make everyone feel welcome in the Forest Preserves. The REDI Committee was formed in November 2018 and consists of employees from across the Forest Preserves. The REDI Committee focuses on restructuring internal processes to reflect values of equity and inclusion, while educating fellow co-workers, visitors, partners, and volunteers on how to practice racial equity. The work of the REDI Committee is guided through a partnership with the Department of Public Administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Despite the ongoing challenges posed by the COVID-19 preceive and filedPass Action details Not available
22-0108 1  Partnership AgreementPROPOSED PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT Request: Requesting authorization for the Forest Preserves of Cook County (the “Forest Preserves”) to enter into a Partnership Agreement with the University of Illinois (the “University”), Champaign, Illinois and the Chicago Zoological Society (“CZS”), Brookfield, Illinois. Reason: The Forest Preserves is proposing to partner with the University of Illinois (the “University”) and the Chicago Zoological Society (“CZS”) to support a three-year veterinary residency program focused on wildlife health management. The resident would participate in clinical programs at the Forest Preserves, including providing dedicated veterinary care for managed animals within the Forest Preserves’ nature centers, medical services and biological sampling for wildlife field studies, assistance with the application of wildlife disease management programs, and interpretation of diagnostic test results. The resident would also work with the Wildlife Epidemiology Lab at the University of Illinois, and practice zoological medicine for wildlife under human care at the ChicagoapprovePass Action details Not available
22-0020 1  AgreementPROPOSED AGREEMENT Vendor: Chicago Zoological Society, Brookfield, Illinois Request: Requesting authorization for the Forest Preserves of Cook County (the “Forest Preserves”) to enter into an agreement Reason: The Forest Preserves’ Conservation & Experiential Program Department (CEP) is requesting permission to continue to tap into the purchasing power of the Chicago Zoological Society (Zoo) on a sole source basis for animal food and bedding for utilization at the Forest Preserves Nature Centers to care for live animals. This agreement will allow the Forest Preserves’ CEP Department to easily order and pick up food for live animals, through the Zoo’s commissary, where items are stocked for animal care. The Zoo purchases in much larger quantities, which enables the Forest Preserves to acquire animal care supplies at a lesser cost. The Forest Preserves of Cook County Board of Commissioners approved a similar agreement with the Zoo on 3/19/2019 (Board Item No. 19-0180). Contract Period: 3/20/2022 - 3/19/2026 Estimated Fiscal Impact: Not to Exceed $140,000.00 (FY 20approvePass Action details Not available
22-0021 1  ContractPROPOSED CONTRACT Department(s): Department of Facilities and Fleet Vendor: Clark Equipment Company d/b/a Bobcat Company, West Fargo, North Dakota Request: Authorization for the Forest Preserves of Cook County (the “Forest Preserves”) to enter into and execute Good(s) or Service(s): Four (4) Bobcat T770 Skid Steers with trailer and attachments, one (1) Bobcat T76 Skid Steer with attachments and one (1) Bobcat E42 Excavator with (3) different buckets Contract Value: $656,936.96 Contract Period: one-time purchase Estimated Fiscal Impact: FY 2022, $656,936.96 Accounts: Grant and Mitigation 51010.521314; and Construction and Development 29250.560105 Contract Number(s): #74000010182 issued under Project #21-FL-165 (Sourcewell Contract No. 040319-CEC) Concurrences: The Chief Financial Officer has approved this item. Final agreement is subject to legal review and approval. The contract specific Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprise goal for this contract was set to zero. District(s): Districtwide Summary: The Forest Preserves of CoapprovePass Action details Not available
22-0022 1  Contract AmendmentPROPOSED CONTRACT AMENDMENT Department(s): Department of Facilities and Fleet Vendor: The Osby Co., Inc d/b/a Osby Water Conditioning, Hebron, Indiana Request: Authorization for the Forest Preserves of Cook County (the “Forest Preserves”) to increase and extend contract Good(s) or Service(s): Maintenance of water filtration systems at Camp Shabbona, Swallow Cliff Warming Shelter, Camp Bullfrog, and Maple Lake Boating Center Original Contract Period: 4/13/2021 - 4/12/2022 Proposed Contract Period Extension: 4/13/2022 - 7/12/2022 Total Current Contract Amount Authority: $25,000.00 Original Approval: 4/13/2021, $25,000.00 Previous Increase(s): N/A This Increase Requested: $25,000.00 Estimated Fiscal Impact: FY 2022 $25,000.00 Accounts: Professional Services 51001.520830 Contract Number(s): #74000009143 issued under RFP #21-53-6305 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 isapprovePass Action details Not available
22-0122 1  ContractPROPOSED CONTRACT Department(s): Department of Resource Management Vendor: National Safety Council (“NSC”), Itasca, Illinois Request: Authorization for the Forest Preserves of Cook County (the “Forest Preserves”) to enter into and execute Good(s) or Service(s): Instructor certification fees and classroom materials for workplace safety courses, such as First Aid/CPR and Defensive Driving Contract Value: Not to exceed $25,000.00 per year, or $125,000.00 over the initial five-year term Contract Period: 2/8/2022 - 12/31/2026, with one (1) five-year extension option to be exercised at the discretion of the General Superintendent Estimated Fiscal Impact: FY 2022 $25,000.00; FY 2023 $25,000.00; FY 2024 $25,000.00; FY 2025 $25,000.00; FY 2026 $25,000.00 Accounts: Special or Co-op Programs 51001.521313 Contract Number(s): #74000010188 Concurrences: The Chief Financial Officer has approved this item. Final agreement is subject to legal review and approval. The Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Ordinance is not applicable due to the contract value per year being equalapprovePass Action details Not available
22-0117 1  DisbursementPROPOSED DISBURSEMENT Department(s): Department of Planning and Development Action: Authorization to disburse payment Payee: Enlight Contracting, LLC, Chicago, Illinois Good(s) or Service(s): Contractor services Fiscal Impact: $287,699.17 Accounts: MFT Grant 51029.560060 Contract Number(s): #74000009399 issued under Project #19-80-67G-21C6 District(s): 15 Summary: Payment for contractor services to provide new ADA access amenities at Crabtree Nature Center and construction of a new parking facility at 165 Algonquin Road. Work is pursuant to the construction contract approved by the Forest Preserves of Cook County Board of Commissioners on 7/27/2021 (Board Item No. 21-0353).approvePass Action details Not available
22-0120 1 Advertising and Promotional Services Fiscal Impact: $150,000.00Miscellaneous Item of BusinessPROPOSED MISCELLANEOUS ITEM OF BUSINESS Department: Office of the General Superintendent Good(s) or Service(s): Advertising and Promotional Services Fiscal Impact: $150,000.00 Accounts: Advertising and Promotional Services 51001.520610 Summary: The Forest Preserves of Cook County (the “Forest Preserves”) is requesting authorization for the General Superintendent or a designee to have discretionary spending up to $150,000.00 throughout 2022 for advertising and promotional services with a variety of media vendors to promote and showcase the amenities, programs and natural areas of the Forest Preserves. The media vendors would be engaged for periods of one (1) year or less. Media purchases would align with the 2022 communications goals of the Forest Preserves, which include focused outreach to communities and populations in Cook County impacted by a history of racial inequity, using metrics and geographical mapping created by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. The advertising and promotional spending packages would be suggested by the Forest PreapprovePass Action details Not available
22-0119 1  DisbursementPROPOSED DISBURSEMENT Department(s): Department of Planning and Development Action: Authorization to disburse payment Payee: Enlight Contracting, LLC, Chicago, Illinois Good(s) or Service(s): Construction services Fiscal Impact: $226,816.20 Accounts: MWRD Grant 51010.560060; BAAD Grant 51010.560055; and MFT Grant 51029.560060 Contract Number(s): #74000009398 under Project #19-80-67G-21C5 District(s): 1 Summary: The project includes the removal and replacement of an existing asphalt parking lot with a porous unit paving parking lot and construction of a new accessible canoe and kayak launch at Schuth’s Grove in North Riverside. Funding is provided by a green infrastructure grant awarded by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD), a Boat Access Area Development (BAAD) grant awarded by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and Motor Fuel Tax (MFT) funds from the Cook County Department of Transportation & Highways. Work is pursuant to the construction contract approved by the Forest Preserves of Cook County Board ofapprovePass Action details Not available
22-0121 1  DisbursementPROPOSED DISBURSEMENT Department(s): Department of Planning and Development Action: Authorization to disburse payment Payee: Enlight Contracting, LLC, Chicago, Illinois Good(s) or Service(s): Contractor services Fiscal Impact: $119,756.83 Accounts: Site Amenities 51009.560060; and Motor Fuel Tax 51029.560060 Contract Number(s): #74000009069 issued under Project #19-80-67G-21C2 District(s): 9, 14 Summary: Payment for contractor services to resurface and improve parking facilities at Bluestar Memorial Woods, Harms Woods Central, Harms Woods North, Irving Park Canoe Landing, and Sunset Bridge Meadow. Work is pursuant to the construction contract approved by the Forest Preserves of Cook County Board of Commissioners on 5/11/2021 (Board Item No. 21-0246).approvePass Action details Not available
22-0136 1  DisbursementPROPOSED DISBURSEMENT Department(s): Department of Resource Management Action: Authorization to disburse payment Payee: Friends of the Forest Preserves, Chicago, Illinois Good(s) or Service(s): Palos Conservation Corps and Forest Preserve Experience programs Fiscal Impact: $111,762.02 Accounts: Professional Services 51030.520840; and Grants & Mitigation 51010.521314 Contract Number(s): #74000002912 and #74000006695 District(s): Districtwide Summary: Payment for expenses related to execution of the Palos Conservation Corps and Forest Preserve Experience programs pursuant to the contracts originally approved by the Forest Preserves of Cook County (the “Forest Preserves”) Board of Commissioners on 11/14/2017 (Board Item No. 17-0390 and Board Item No. 17-0388). These employment programs are administered by Friends of the Forest Preserves and provide youth and young adult participants with paid environmental education and job skills training within the conservation field, with a focus on ecological restoration in the Forest Preserves.approvePass Action details Not available
22-0137 1 Corporate Fund Analysis of Revenue and Expenditures Report Period: 1/1/2021 - 12/31/2021ReportREPORT Department: Department of Finance and Administration Request: Receive and File Report Title: Corporate Fund Analysis of Revenue and Expenditures Report Period: 1/1/2021 - 12/31/2021 Summary: Detailed Fund Analysis of Revenue and Expenditures for December 2021.receive and filedPass Action details Not available
22-0138 1 Procurement and Disbursements Report: 12/1/2021 - 12/31/2021ReportREPORT Department: Department of Finance and Administration Request: Receive and File Report Title: Procurement and Disbursements Report Report Period: 12/1/2021 - 12/31/2021 Summary: Submitting the Procurement and Disbursements Report for the period of December 2021. The report is to be received and filed in compliance with Section 1-8-2 (BB) of the District’s Code of Ordinances.receive and filedPass Action details Not available
22-0125 1  ReportREPORT Department: Departments of Legal and Finance Request: Receive and File Report Title: Workers’ Compensation Report - December 2021 Report Period: 12/1/2021 - 12/31/2021 Summary: The Forest Preserves of Cook County Departments of Legal and Finance are submitting Workers’ Compensation Claim Payments for the month of December 2021. Payments total $138,144.46 for December 2021.receive and filedPass Action details Not available
22-0124 1  Recommendation of the Finance Subcommittee (Litigation)RECOMMENDATION OF THE FINANCE SUBCOMMITTEE (LITIGATION) Finance Subcommittee Meeting on Litigation - 1/11/2022 The Finance Subcommittee on Litigation met on the above listed date and recommends the following for approval: Proposed Settlements Approved Fiscal Year 2022 to Present: $0.00 Proposed Settlements to Be Approved: $0.00 Legal Fees Approved Fiscal Year 2022 to Present: $61,110.07 Legal Fees for 1/11/2022 to Be Approved: $58,107.30approvePass Action details Not available
22-0144 1  Journal of ProceedingsJOURNAL OF PROCEEDINGS INTERIM SECRETARY TO THE BOARD, Lynne M. Turner, presented in printed form a record of the Journal of Proceedings of the regular meeting held on 01/11/2022.approvePass Action details Not available
22-0140 1  Calendar of EventsPROPOSED CALENDAR OF EVENTS Department: Department of Conservation and Experiential Programming Summary: Forest Preserves of Cook County Calendar 2/8/2022 - 3/15/2022 Please check the Forest Preserve of Cook County’s website for updates and changes. Friday, 2/11; 6pm - 8:30pm Evening Valentine’s Walk, Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland Enjoy Sand Ridge at night during a relaxing candlelit walk through the woods. While you walk, learn about native wildlife’s mating habits, from a short fling to a bond that lasts a lifetime. Multiple time slots available. Registration and facemasks required. Saturday, 2/12; 10am Nature Tales: The Stories Tracks Leave, Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland Learn how to identify different wildlife tracks and go on a walk to see who’s stopped by the nature center. Registration and facemasks required. Saturday, 2/12; 1pm Resting Reptiles, Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Let's discover together how our native reptiles are surviving Winter. Ages 6 and up. Facemasks required. Saturday, 2/12; 12pm - 3pm Winter Exploration Day, Thatcherreceive and filedPass Action details Not available
22-0001 1 FY’21 4th Quarter Open Recommendation Status ReportReportREPORT Department: Office of the County Auditor Request: Refer to Audit Committee Report Title: FY’21 4th Quarter Open Recommendation Status Report Report Period: December 2021 Summary: Report on the status of open audit recommendations.receive and filedPass Action details Not available
22-0016 1  ReportREPORT Department: Office of the General Superintendent Request: Receive and File Report Title: Sustainability and Climate Resiliency Plan Progress Report Report Period: FY 2018 - FY 2021 Summary: This report covers the progress to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and increase carbon sequestration by the Forest Preserves since the passage of the Sustainability & Climate Resiliency Plan in 2018.receive and filedPass Action details Not available
22-0004 1  License RequestPROPOSED LICENSE REQUEST Request: Requesting authorization for the Forest Preserves of Cook County (the “Forest Preserves”), as Licensor to grant a License to Zayo Group, LLC (“Zayo”), Grantee, to locate, operate and maintain 792 feet of buried fiber optic cable along Cermak Road in Westchester. This new license request will bring into compliance the location of existing fiber optic cable infrastructure, which was granted in 2011 as license #1724. Since granting the original license, the owner of the fiber optic cable has changed to a different corporation and this new license will reflect the current owner of the infrastructure. Given that this is an administrative change and extension of a prior license, there are no tree impacts as part of this new license. Term: Ten (10) Years (retroactive beginning 8/9/2021 - 8/8/2031) License Fee: $24,545.45 License Application Fee: $1,500.00 License Review Fees: $3,000.00 YELAR Fee: $6,750.00 Total one-time upfront fee of $35,795.45 for the term of the License (Sec. 5-2A-4 and 5-2B-4) Tree Mitigation Fee: N/A approvePass Action details Not available
22-0005 1  License RequestPROPOSED LICENSE REQUEST Request: Requesting authorization for the Forest Preserves of Cook County (the “Forest Preserves”), as Licensor to grant a License to Zayo Group, LLC (“Zayo”), Grantee, to locate, operate and maintain 11,260 feet of buried fiber optic cable along Milwaukee Avenue, Willow Road and Sanders Road in Dam No. 1 Woods. This new license request will bring into compliance existing fiber optic cable infrastructure, which was granted in 2000 as license #1674. Since granting the original license, the owner of the fiber optic cable has changed to a different corporation and this new license will reflect the current owner of the infrastructure. Given that this is an administrative change, there are no tree impacts as part of this new license. Term: Ten (10) Years (retroactive beginning 12/14/2020 - 12/13/2030) License Fee: $348,966.94 License Application Fee: $1,500.00 License Review Fees: $3,000.00 YELAR Fee: $6,750.00 Total one-time upfront fee of $360,216.94 for the term of the License (Sec. 5-2A-4 and 5-2B-4) Tree Mitigation Fee: N/A approvePass Action details Not available
22-0163 1 ETHICS ORDINANCEOrdinance AmendmentPROPOSED ORDINANCE AMENDMENT ETHICS ORDINANCE BE IT ORDAINED, by the Cook County Forest Preserve District Board of Commissioners, that TITLE 1 - ADMINISTRATIVE, CHAPTER 13 - CODE OF ETHICAL CONDUCT, is repealed in its entirety and the following Code is substituted in its place CHAPTER 13 CODE OF ETHICAL CONDUCT 1-13-1: DEFINITIONS. 1-13-2: CODE OF CONDUCT. 1-13-3: FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE. 1-13-4: BOARD OF ETHICS - REPEALED. 1-13-5: SANCTIONS FOR VIOLATION. 1-13-6: MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS - REPEALED. Effective date: This ordinance shall become effective upon becoming law. Click for full text: referPass Action details Not available