Bob Manning chaired the meeting –
Manager Mark Matusak reported:
· Mike Ruker gave a report regarding the Prairie Gardens and his projected involvement. He also mentioned the possibility of the Peoria Chapter of the DAR becoming the “monitor” for the forthcoming planting in the cemetery area designated as the “natural area” by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
· Jon Hodel from CloudPoint gave an update and demonstration using the program used to map of the cemetery.
· Burials are still down – no new interments during October.
Bob Manning chaired the meeting - Chair Steve Kerr and Pat Powers were absent.
Manager Matusak reported:
Only one representative was not in attendance.
Adam White requested permission to hold 2 segments of the Whiskey Daddle Charity Race in Springdale on Oct 6-7 (Peoria Marathon.) Since the City of Peoria requires events to pay for services needed for their events, such as security or blocking streets, the race looked for different routes. The is the same weekend as the Prairie Historic Tours, but the race will finish and be cleaned up by 12:30, there wasn't a conflict and permission was granted. This is considered a good collaboration.
Manager Matusak described the City's pilot program test project to grind the cemetery road with asphalt shingles and other stuff and then seal the mixture. The city has also done some much needed grading, patching, and added riprap to some unstable road shoulders.
Chairman Steve Kerr, Jim Stuttle, Bob Manning, Becky Doubleday, and Pat Powers were in attendance.
Chairman Kerr has been working on the Scattering Garden project and showed the plan (in progress.)
Manager Mark Matusak was not at the meeting.
Mike Rucker, volunteer coordinator with Peoria Wilds reported on the Savanna and the "Woodlands." (The Savannah is native plants. The Woodlands is not native plants, but deer resistant and needing little maintenance.) Mike had 20 volunteers working on The Woodlands recently - there was a lot of tree-killing vines.
August 7 black-topping will begin in certain areas.
The number of burials and sales was discussed and were good.
Heritage company -established in 1820 in Peoria- has been doing "wonderful" restoration work at the cemetery for the Springdale Foundation.
Steve with "Find a Grave" has 6 people helping with Springdale (as volunteers) including photographing graves. 59,000 have been identified with 70% photographed. Monica and Jim are very impressed with his work. Jim said that geneology is the 2nd biggest hobby in the United States.
Observer Cheryl Budzinski thanked the Board for allowing the LWV to hold its Summer Social at Springdale near the stones of "The Shaft." (Cheryl is filling in for Rick Fox.)
June 20, 2017 - The manager reported that the “Records Preservation” project is behind desired plan. The mausoleum crypt project is working to mark vacant crypts to make sales easier. Previously planned staff employment reviews and wage adjustments were recently completed. Overdue accounts amount to $6,300 and work is underway to address them appropriately.
The manager is proposing August 4 for dedication of the new entrance. The City of Peoria spent 40 or 50 hours doing drainage investigation; the manager sent a list of related priorities he feels he needs help from City to the public works director.
May 16, 2017 - The annual audit report was reviewed with nothing extraordinary of note.
April 18, 2017 - Al Andrews who recently retired from the management authority was given a service award for his dedicated service to Springdale.
The manager's report included that he:
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