Executive Director Cahill reported that staff are working on developing a policy that will address cannabis use and that the policy will come before the Board by the end of 2019.
Nine Americorps volunteers who are providing park restoration and facility restoration services through November 7 introduced themselves to the Board.
Jason Hawk from Hawk-Attolo, LLC was present for the vote on Power Purchase Agreements for Solar for four PPD facilities. Executive Director Cahill thanked Trustees Harant and Snowden for meeting with her and Mr. Hawk the previous day to cover final questions regarding the agreements. A separate vote was held for each Facility Agreement for Solar. The following four facility agreements were approved unanimously: River Plex Recreation Center, Noble Center, Lakeview Recreation Center, and Owens Recreation Center.
Current Park Board Meeting
Trustees voted unanimously to appoint Michael Williams as the Southern District Trustee.
New Park Board Meeting
Southern District Trustee Williams was seated.
Trustees voted to receive and file reports on the PPD 4-Pronged Commitment to Diversity Action Items as follows:
The meeting was called to order at 6:08 PM by Chairman Robert Johnson and adjourned at 7:03. All trustees were present except Trustee Cassidy. The next scheduled PPD Board meeting is 10-23-19.
Farrell Davies, Observer
Trustees unanimously approved three motions that will give the City of Peoria the ability to complete the Bike Trail Connection in Glen Oak Park.
Staff reports were given including a Strategic Plan Update by Executive Director Emily Cahill. The update included the following highlights:
July 12, 2017 - Agenda issues relevant to LWV state or local positions or programs
1. Riverfront Program & Policy Advisory Committee
The Riverfront Apartments project will begin Phase 1 in the fall of 2017. Board members and some attendees discussed concerns over the loss of green space for entertainment events to the apartment development project. Concerns included the possible impact upon future revenue for the city if larger entertainment events can no longer be accommodated. The City of Peoria has encouraged the Peoria Park District to attract larger venues to the Riverfront and may not be fully aware of the restrictions the Riverfront Apartment development may place upon future entertainment planning.
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