March 2010

Gifford Park Association

General Membership Meeting Minutes, March 18, 2010

355 E. Chicago St., Room 239


Attending: Jeff Jacobson, Tony Sanchez, Bill Briska, David & Jennifer Williams, Dan & Pat Miller, Jay Kjellander, Barb Counterman, Joe Kjellander, Ali Hallock, Doug Tomsha, Carol Anderson, Dan Skaggs, Warren Tejes, Jeff McIntire, Gregg Hagen, Amanda Carlson, Linda Voss, John Krzyzanowski

Guests: City of Elgin representatives Vince Cuchetto and Cherie Murphy


Meeting was called to order at 7:02 p.m.


Jeff’s Handouts and Announcements:

Congratulations to member Fran Cella for receiving an Image Award for her years of work with the GPA.  Congratulations also to Tanner and Wyeth Bednar for receiving an Image Award for their band’s benefit concerts.


Secretary’s Report:

Motion to approve the minutes of February 18, 2010 by Joe Kjellander, seconded by Jennifer Williams. The motion carried.


Treasurer’s Report:

Evan Hennessey was unable to attend.  No report filed.


ROPE Officer’s Report:

Eric Echevarria was unable to attend.

As always, if you have questions or concerns about activity in the neighborhood, contact Eric directly at:

[email protected]

Or: (847) 354-3394


Standing Committee Reports:



Chair Alicia Lykins not in attendance.  Jeff issued reminder that the annual membership potluck is scheduled for Friday, April 16th, from 6:30 – 8:30 at the Lord’s Park Pavilion.



Chair Barb Counterman had nothing new to report.

If you have ideas for programs or wish to volunteer please Facebook Barb or e-mail her.

[email protected]


Historic District

Chair Laura Jacobson not in attendance.  Jeff Jacobson reported that there would be a meeting soon, and that the Gazette would be ready for distribution shortly.



Chair Carol Anderson reported that the next meeting was scheduled for 7:00 p.m. March 29th at the DNA offices, 2 N. Douglas.  She indicated that she needed volunteers to assist with staffing and to run the potluck and after-party.


Public Relations

Chair Dan Miller reported that the GPA Golf Classic now has Facebook and Twitter pages.


May 28, 2010 Golf Classic:

Chair Jay Kjellander indicated that the media campaign was scheduled to begin in April, including exposure in local restaurants and bars with GPA golf classic cards and coasters.

Jay continues to request help to solicit sponsors and players!

For more information please visit the website:

Or go to facebook and search for Gifford Park Golf Classic


City of Elgin Dialogue:

City Manager’s Office reps Vince Cuchetto and Cherie Murphy engaged the membership in an informal dialogue regarding our views of the community – strong points as well as opportunities for future plans for improvement and development.  The lively conversation included suggestions for development of downtown commerce, marketing of Elgin as a community, discussion of grant programs, and discussion of needs for infrastructure improvements.  Vince also discussed concerns related to code enforcement, and Cherie spoke about community event plans.


Turkey Trot:

Amanda Carlson presented a proposal for a new fund-raising event for this year.  GPA would host a 5K run/walk on Thanksgiving Day, with a portion of proceeds to benefit local charity.  The membership voted to go forward with the idea.  Motion to budget $7,000 in start-up and development costs by Joe Kjellander, seconded by Dan Miller.  The motion carried.  Details regarding the event will be posted as they become available.

To volunteer to assist with the project, please contact Amada Carslon:

[email protected]

(630) 400-6687


Grandview Park:

Dan Miller reviewed his February 18th presentation regarding developing a park in the Grandview area.  Dan requested GPA support to petition City of Elgin to fund the park and move forward with its development.  A specific detail of his proposal requests that the parking lot provided also accommodate parking overflow from neighboring rental properties.  Dan moved that Jeff Jacobson write a letter to the city on GPA’s behalf with this request, motion seconded by Joe Kjellander.  The motion carried on a show of hands by a vote of 9 to 8.


Other Comments & Concerns:

Jennifer Williams reminded everyone that May is preservation month, and that it would kick off with a Great Unveiling event on Saturday, May 1st.  She requested GPA’s assistance with the unveilings that would be conducted that day, starting with the property at 120 N. Liberty, and proceeding to other properties as needed.


Jeff McIntire requested that the minutes note his strong disapproval of the Grandview proposal.


Motion to adjourn:

Moved by Barb Counterman, seconded by Evan Williams (per Jennifer Williams).  Motion carried with meeting adjourning at 8:45 p.m.  After-meeting in room 239.


Reminder:  There will be no general membership meeting in April.  By tradition, we will hold our annual membership potluck Friday, April 16th, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Lord’s Park Pavilion.  We hope all can attend!


Next general membership meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, 5/20/10 at 355 E. Chicago, Room 239.


Recorded by David Williams, Secretary