City of East Moline Park Board met Sept. 10.
Here is the minutes provided by the board:
President Stombaugh called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm in the East Moline City Hall Annex.
Present: Ald. Almblade, G. Lowery, B. Rusch, B.Stombaugh, J.Obrien (Alternate)
Absent: R. Cervantes, D. Kannenberg, T. Johnson, M. Spencer, Z. Sullivan,
Not Enough for a Quorum – Only discussions allowed
B. Stombaugh announced that Zach Sullivan resigned his position on Park Board – effective immediately. Position interferes with new job he accepted.
Guests: Michelle Horton, Dawn Imeh, Patricia Hansen- representing 9th St. Common; Jill Colgan, Director-EMSSC and Susy Hughes Asst. Director-EMSSC
Secretary’s Report: Quorum needed to approve minutes. Reports held till Oct. Meeting. Treasurer’s Report: Stombough reported Sullivan last report of a balance of $5,203.44 in the
CIP fund. One purchase made- sign for Hereford Park. Quorum needed to approve report.
Reports from Partnering Organizations: J. Colgan, EMSSC reported very successful spring Shoot Out tournament with 93 teams participating. Currently have 237 players on travel teams, 253 players in Rec. program. New entrance signs at park. Changed to Coke as beverage supplier. Thanked EM for filling pot holes in drive lanes. Goals include fencing around fields. Need support to improve/maintenance of restrooms. Stombaugh advised her to start with Maintenance Dir., Dave Lambrecht, to see what City can do first. Announced a pilot program to give special needs children a chance to play soccer. First in area to try this.
1) Movie in the park event: B. Rusch presented costs related to event and wanted to have event Oct 13th at Runners Park. Lack of quorum for vote meant no time to setup/advertise event if approved in October meeting. Plan to continue idea next year around Armed Forces Day.
B. Rusch also wants to pursue city wide garage sale and sell table spaces at Butterworth. Charge a $15 listing fee. There was a general agreement to pursue idea.
1) Bike path name: on hold till next meeting
2) Adopt a Park: Draft provided by O’Brien along with what is currently on WEB site available for review. It was generally thought the draft is improvement. To continue discussion at next board meeting.
1) Tree Removal at 9th Street Common: Guests Michelle Horton, Dawn Imeh, Patricia Hansen representing RespectAbilities and Downtown association requested the removal of tree be reviewed. They have been taking care of 9th St. Common area and tree for several years bring it back to the healthy appearance it has today. Guests said they knew nothing about tree removal and were upset no one contacted anyone about it. They have made the tree a center piece in the Lighted X-mas Parade and other events. They brought pictures showing area and believed it does not interfere with memorial. They also did not know the Parks Dept had control of it. They wanted to discuss with person who originally requested removal of their plans and how it would be better served if kept there. Opposing views on both sides of issue were expressed. Group did not want area to be a drive by but an area to feel invited to and reflect on service the fallen gave to our country. The guests want to continue to maintain area but want to have input on decisions of area. Discussed the deterioration of mural canvas. Not meeting life expectations. Adam Guthrie to be contacted. It was generally decided that the issue would be put back on October agenda and reviewed when full board is there. Also to discuss ideas on how to move forward where all parties can be involved.
Meeting adjourned at 7:00 pm.