Wicker Park Advisory Council Meeting Minutes

ATTENDED: Claribel Rodriguez (Wicker Park Supervisor), Adam Housley (WPAC President), Doug Wood (WPAC Secretary), Denise Browning (Former WPAC President & WPGarden), Susan Fontana (Former WPAC President & WPGarden), John Shirk (Wicker Mic & Urban Encounter), Elaine Coorens (Our Urban Times), Jacob Moore (Magic Boat), Monica Rischiotto (Josephinum), Steve Jensen (BCO), Scott Venable

  1. Minutes from September 2013 Read and approved: Doug Wood
  2. Treasurer’s Report – Richard Tilley – Absent
  3. Park District Report
    • Claribel Rodriguez reported that two of the three staff positions have been filled – the two recreation leaders. She was pleased with this. She reported that the banners and flyers for the Haunted Movie Series are in the park and posted. Americore via the Northwestern University Settlement House want to clean trash in the Park on October 26. She and Doug will work with the group to bring them into Boo-Palooza that day. A damage report was filed for the fountain. She reported a broken drinking fountain and mentioned that filming will be occurring in the neighborhood for Chicago Fire.
  4. Security Discussion – Steve Jensen, BCO gave a brief discussion on police car overnight surveillance in the park following the two murders.
  5. Board of Supervisors – The WPAC attended the September Chicago Park District Board of Supervisor’s meeting and presented the two topics:
    1. Security must be enhanced in Wicker Park: weekend security, overnight security, cameras that are viewable. This topic will be presented by Mike Payette.
    2. Positions listed in the Wicker Park Budget must be filled – The community has lost $250,000 due to vacant budgeted positions since 2008. In addition, waste management needs to extend into the winter season; it is now slated to end before October. This is to be presented by Adam Housley.
  6. Dog Park – Adam Housley and Scott Venable noted that the dog park latches do not work well. The Northbrook Dog Park has better latches – we will take photos and submit to Park District.
  7. Website – Tim Koleck Absent
  8. Landscape – Doug Wood reported that the Garden Club will gave two tours: Sunday, September 15 at 1pm a power point presentation with a tour and on Friday, September 20 a tour for Friends of the Parks with a discussion of how the park has been developed.
  9. Teen Group – Scott Venable reported that the group had a great month, attendance was good, and all were ready for Boo-Palooza.
  10. The group discussed details for Boo-Palooza and set two planning meetings.