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Meeting Name: FPD Board of Commissioners Agenda status: Final
Meeting date/time: 1/11/2022 10:00 AM Minutes status: Draft  
Meeting location: Virtual Meeting
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22-0009 1  Consent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING THE FOREST PRESERVES OF COOK COUNTY FOR RECEIVING A CHICAGO WILDERNESS EXCELLENCE IN ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION AWARD AND A CHICAGO WILDERNESS GEORGE B. RABB FORCE OF NATURE AWARD WHEREAS, on December 8, 2021, the Forest Preserves of Cook County’s Cranberry Slough Nature Preserve was honored with a Platinum Accreditation, the highest accreditation, from the Chicago Wilderness Excellence in Ecological Restoration Program and the Forest Preserves’ Greater Maywood Paddling Program was honored with a Chicago Wilderness George B. Rabb Force of Nature Award during a ceremony held at the Forest Preserves’ Thatcher Woods Pavilion in River Forest; and WHEREAS, the Excellence in Ecological Restoration Program recognizes high-quality natural areas in the Chicago region and highlights projects that set an example of best practices in natural resource management and ecological restoration; and WHEREAS, Cranberry Slough Nature Preserve is a 380-acre state-dedicated nature preserve in Willow Springs and is located within the 14,000-acre Palos/Sag Valley Forest   Not available Not available
22-0017 1  Consent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION RESOLUTION HONORING AND THANKING OFFICER JORGE TAPIA, OFFICER BRYANT DICKEY, OFFICER HIRAL NIEVES, AND SERGEANT ANDREW CHOMOR OF THE FOREST PRESERVES LAW ENFORNCEMENT DEPARTMENT FOR SERVICE TO THE FOREST PRESERVES AND THE PEOPLE OF COOK COUNTY WHEREAS the sworn officers of the Forest Preserves of Cook County Department of Law Enforcement protect the Forest Preserves and the people who visit the preserves, and these officers are committed to serving with honor and integrity and to treating every person with respect, dignity and compassion; and WHEREAS, on December 2, 2021, the Mower County Sheriff’s Office in Minnesota requested assistance with locating a subject wanted on a warrant after the Mower County Sheriff’s Office had received a call from a child who reported that the wanted subject threatened to kill the child’s mother and was headed to Chicago; and WHEREAS, the Mower County Sheriff’s Office requested that the Forest Preserves’ police conduct a search for the subject’s vehicle near Busse Woods; and then, while searching, the Forest Preserves po   Not available Not available
22-0018 1  Consent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION RESOLUTION HONORING AND THANKING OFFICER JULIO IRIZARRY, OFFICER MERCEDES MARTINEZ, AND SHERIFF’S POLICE SERGEANT CHRIS PLYON FOR SERVICE TO THE FOREST PRESERVES AND PEOPLE OF COOK COUNTY WHEREAS the officers of the Forest Preserves of Cook County Department of Law Enforcement protect the Forest Preserves and people who visit the Forest Preserves and are sworn officers committed to serving with honor and integrity, and to treating every person with respect, dignity and compassion; and WHEREAS, on December 2, 2021, Forest Preserves Police Officers Julio Irizarry and Mercedes Martinez responded to assist Cook County Sheriff’s Police units searching for a woman who was in crisis based on statements made to a colleague; and WHEREAS, Officers Irizarry and Martinez searched Bunker Hill Forest Preserve where the woman was believed to be but was not found, and later when the woman’s vehicle was found at a nearby hotel, they responded to the location and, in conjunction with Cook County Sheriff’s Police Sergeant Chris Plybon, confirmed the woman had checked in   Not available Not available
22-0019 1  OrdinancePROPOSED ORDINANCE Ordinance for the Levy of Taxes for the Year 2022 BE IT ORDAINED by the Board of Commissioners of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County: Section 1. That this Ordinance is and the same is hereby termed the “Ordinance for the Levy of Taxes for the Year 2022.” Section 2. That the Committee on Finance of the Board of Commissioners of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, Illinois has considered the subject of the Annual Tax Levy for the year 2022 and the several sums necessary to be levied to meet the needs and requirements of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County for said year and has recommended that this ordinance for the levy of taxes be adopted. Section 3. That the Commissioners of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, heretofore having approved and adopted the Annual Appropriation Ordinance for the Forest Preserve District of Cook County for the year commencing January 1, 2022 at its meeting held November 18, 2021, which ordinance was published by authority of said Board as provided by law and which portion of said Appropriation O   Not available Not available
22-0008 1  Grant AwardPROPOSED GRANT AWARD Department: Department of Conservation and Experiential Programming Grantee: Forest Preserves of Cook County (the “Forest Preserves”) Grantor: Illinois Department of Natural Resources (“IDNR”) Request: Authorization to accept grant Purpose: Authorization is sought for the Forest Preserves to accept grant and enter into an agreement with IDNR for a project funded through Coastal Management Program grant, to develop an inclusive Community Engagement Plan and to install a series of wayfinding and interpretative signs at Eggers Grove located in Chicago, Illinois. Grant Amount: $150,000.00 Grant Period: 2/1/2022 - 10/1/2023 Fiscal Impact: $150,740.00 (not to exceed $80,000.00 in direct match and $70,740.00 in in-kind support) Accounts: Professional Services 51010.520830 and 51001.520830; Land Improvement 51010.560019 and 51009.560019; and various grant accounts Concurrences: The Chief Financial Officer has approved this item. Final grant agreement is subject to legal review and approval. District(s): 4 Summary: This   Not available Not available
22-0010 1  Grant AwardPROPOSED GRANT AWARD Department: Department of Resource Management Grantee: Forest Preserves of Cook County (the “Forest Preserves”) Grantor: Illinois Department of Natural Resources (“IDNR”) Request: Authorization to accept grant Purpose: The project, funded through Coastal Management Program funds awarded by IDNR, will conduct restoration activities on 23 acres at Beaubien Woods located in southeast Cook County in Chicago, Illinois. Authorization is sought to accept grant and enter into grant agreement for the project. Grant Amount: $30,000.00 Grant Period: 2/1/2022 - 10/1/2023 Fiscal Impact: Not to Exceed $30,000.00 in direct match Accounts: Grant 51010.521444 Concurrences: The Chief Financial Officer has approved this item. Final grant agreement is subject to legal review and approval. District(s): 4, 5 Summary: This grant award will allow the Forest Preserves to conduct restoration activities at Beaubien Woods, one of the few forest preserves located almost entirely within the City of Chicago. Beaubien Woods offers urba   Not available 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    Not available 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    Not available Not available
22-0002 1  Miscellaneous Item of BusinessPROPOSED MISCELLANEOUS ITEM OF BUSINESS Department: Department of Conservation and Experiential Programming Summary: The Forest Preserves of Cook County (the “Forest Preserves”) requests authorization for the General Superintendent or a designee to have discretionary spending up to $100,000.00 through the remainder of 2022 to support educational, recreational and community engagement program services with a variety of program partners, including, but not limited to, artists, arts groups, youth development groups, program trainers, curriculum development facilitators, and cultural groups. These program partners would be selected through the Forest Preserves’ Event and Program Partnership application process. This Event and Program Partnership application is listed on the Forest Preserves’ website on the Doing Business and Partnership page and will be marketed through various Forest Preserves avenues. Program Partnerships may extend into the 2023 fiscal year depending on the program proposal but would not exceed twelve (12) consecutive months. Individual contracts would not   Not available Not available
22-0003 1  DisbursementPROPOSED 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: $181,250.86 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): 4, 6, 15, 17 Summary: Payment for expenses related to execution of comprehensive habitat enhancement services provided by Pizzo & Associates, including invasive species control and prescribed burning, pursuant to the Habitat Enhancement Services contract approved by the Forest Preserves of Cook County Board of Commissioners on 7/26/2018 (Board Item No. 18-0301).   Not available Not available
22-0011 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: $147,865.82 Accounts: MWRD Grant 51010.560060; BAAD Grant 51010.560055; and MFT Grant 51029.560060 Contract Number(s): #74000009398 issued 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   Not available Not available
22-0015 1  DisbursementPROPOSED DISBURSEMENT Department(s): Department of Facilities and Fleet Action: Authorization to disburse payment Payee: BCR Automotive Group, d/b/a Roesch Ford, Bensenville, Illinois Good(s) or Service(s): Six (6) 2021 Ford F150 Hybrid Pick Up trucks Fiscal Impact: $262,032.72 Accounts: Vehicles and Trucks 51057.540260, 51058.540260, and 51028.540260 Contract Number(s): #74000008365 District(s): Districtwide Summary: Payment for six (6) 2021 Ford F150 Hybrid Pick Up trucks, utilizing a contract awarded by the City of Chicago (contracts #32916 and #67802) as approved by the Forest Preserves of Cook County Board of Commissioners on 11/17/2020 (Board Item No. 20-0326). The Vehicle Steering Committee approved the acquisition of these additional vehicles prior to board approval.   Not available 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.   Not available 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.   Not available Not available
22-0006 1 Corporate Fund Analysis of Revenue and Expenditures Report Period: 1/1/2021 - 11/30/2021ReportREPORT Department: Department of Finance and Administration Request: Receive and File Report Title: Corporate Fund Analysis of Revenue and Expenditures Report Period: 1/1/2021 - 11/30/2021 Summary: Detailed Fund Analysis of Revenue and Expenditures for November 2021.   Not available Not available
22-0007 1 Procurement and Disbursements Report: 11/1/2021 - 11/30/2021ReportREPORT Department: Department of Finance and Administration Request: Receive and File Report Title: Procurement and Disbursements Report Report Period: 11/1/2021 - 11/30/2021 Summary: Submitting the Procurement and Disbursements Report for the period of November 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
22-0012 1  ReportREPORT Department: Departments of Legal and Finance Request: Receive and File Report Title: Workers’ Compensation Report - November 2021 Report Period: 11/1/2021 - 11/30/2021 Summary: The Forest Preserves of Cook County Departments of Legal and Finance are submitting Workers’ Compensation Claim Payments for the month of November 2021. Payments total $135,898.19 for November 2021.   Not available Not available
22-0013 1  Recommendation of the Finance Subcommittee (Litigation)RECOMMENDATION OF THE FINANCE SUBCOMMITTEE (LITIGATION) Finance Subcommittee Meeting on Litigation -12/14/2021 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: $0.00 Legal Fees for 12/14/2021 to Be Approved: $61,110.07   Not available Not available
22-0105 1  Journal 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 12/14/2021.   Not available Not available
22-0014 1  Calendar of EventsPROPOSED CALENDAR OF EVENTS Department: Department of Conservation and Experiential Programming Summary: Forest Preserves of Cook County Calendar of Events and Activities 1/11/2022 - 2/8/2022 Please check the Forest Preserve of Cook County’s website, www.fpdcc.com/events , for updates and changes. Thursday, 1/13; 10am S.E.N.I.O.R.S., Little Red Schoolhouse, Willow Springs Seniors Enjoying Nature Inside/Outside Rain or Shine! Join us for a nature-inspired adventure for seniors. Ages 55 and up. Registration and facemasks required. Friday, 1/14; 1pm - 3pm Winter Woodworking, Rolling Knolls, Elgin Repurpose the common European buckthorn into something new! Equipment provided. Intended for ages 10 and up. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration and facemasks required. Call 224-456-8602. Friday, 1/14; 7pm Owl Hike, Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Join us for a talk about these nocturnal hunters. Afterwards we will look for these unique predators on a 0.5-mile hike. Ages 8 and up. Registration and face   Not available Not available