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Board Meetings

Board meetings will take place on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month with exceptions in June, July and August. All meetings will start at 6 pm and will be held in the Ellwood House Visitor Center "Hearthside Room", 509 N. 1st Street, DeKalb, IL. Notification of schedule changes will be made and posted. Agendas are published and posted on this website prior to Board Meetings. Once approved by the Park Board, minutes will be published and available on this website.

This schedule is subject to such changes as the Board of Commissioners of the DeKalb Park District shall determine and law shall allow. Notice of such changes shall be given as required by law. All such meetings shall be open to the public, except those meetings, or portions of meetings which the Board of Commissioners of the DeKalb Park District shall determine to be held in private and which the law shall allow to be held in private.

In accordance with the Open Meetings Act, the following is a list of regular Park Board Meeting dates for the 2019 fiscal year.

March 1, 2018
October 4, 2018
March 22, 2018*
October 18, 2018
April 5, 2018
November 1, 2018
April 19, 2018
November 15, 2018
May 3, 2018
December 6, 2018
May 17, 2018
December 20, 2018
June 21, 2018 CANCELLED: January 3, 2019
NEW DATE: January 10, 2019
July 19, 2018 January 17, 2019
August 16, 2018 February 7, 2019
CANCELLED: September 6, 2018
NEW DATE: September 5, 2018
February 21, 2019
September 20, 2018

*Note: the March 22, 2018 meeting will take place on the 4th Thursday of the month and will be held at the Park Maintenance Building (1205 E. Locust Street, DeKalb)

2019 Meetings

Date Agendas Minutes Materials

January 10, 2019 Agenda
Proposed Budget Document
January 17, 2019

2018 Meetings

Date Agendas Minutes Materials
January 4, 2018 (special meeting)
January 11, 2018
Agenda Minutes Packet
February 15, 2018 Agenda Minutes
March 1, 2018 Agenda Minutes Packet
March 22, 2018 Agenda Minutes Packet
April 5, 2018 Agenda Minutes Packet
April 19, 2018 Agenda Minutes Packet
May 3, 2018 Agenda Minutes Packet
May 17, 2018 Agenda Minutes Packet
June 21, 2018 Agenda Minutes Packet
July 19, 2018 Agenda Minutes Packet
August 16, 2018 Agenda Minutes
September 5, 2018 Agenda Minutes
September 20, 2018 Agenda Minutes Packet
October 4, 2018 Agenda Minutes Packet
October 18, 2018 Agenda Minutes
November 1, 2018 Agenda Minutes Packet
November 15, 2018 Agenda Minutes Packet
December 6, 2018 Agenda
December 20, 2018 Agenda

For older Board Meeting Minutes, please visit the Archive.

Budgets & Financial Documents

Budgets and Appropriations

Total Compensation Packages

Treasurer's Reports

Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports

Prevailing Wages

Please click below to see the most recent prevailing rates on the Illinois Department of Labor's website:

Park Board

The DeKalb Park District Board of Commissioners consists of five elected members who serve unsalaried 6 year terms. Park District Board meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month starting at 7:00 pm in the Hopkins Community Center.

Phil YPhil Youngoung - President

Phil Young grew up in rural Southern Wisconsin. In the mid-eighties he moved to DeKalb to study Geography at NIU. After receiving his degree, he went to work in Chicago for Encyclopedia Britannica and worked on various forms of digital map production. In the early-nineties he returned to work for his alma mater. While working at NIU, he earned a Master's in Technology with an emphasis in Project Management and Supervisory Training. Phil and his wife Deirdre have three children, Emma, Holly and Laura. He has called DeKalb County his home for the past three decades and enjoys volunteering his time and energy to give back to the community.

Dean HolidayDean Holliday - Vice President

Dean Holliday was born and raised in DeKalb. After high school, Dean honorably served four years in the U.S. Navy after which he joined the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 612. He worked five years as an apprentice before becoming a licensed plumber. After four years in a position at the Byron Nuclear Plant, Dean went to work with the NIU Plumbing Department, from which he retired. As an active member in the Local 612 Union, Dean was elected and served as Union President and Business Manager during his career. Dean and his wife Connie have three sons, Steven, Jeffrey, and David. He enjoys spending time on the golf course and is an avid fan of NIU Athletics. As a lifelong resident, Dean cares deeply for his community and strives to help make DeKalb a great town to live.

Keith NyquistKeith Nyquist - Secretary

Keith Nyquist first moved to DeKalb in 1985, graduated from NIU with a degree in English, and now teaches business communication at NIU's Department of Management. He enjoys birdwatching at Prairie Park with his wife Pattie and listening to every kind of music from opera to indie rock. As an undergraduate, he began working summers at the Park District maintaining the softball and baseball diamonds and laying out the soccer fields at Kiwanis Park. He believes that the District's many parks and programs play a vital role in making DeKalb a great place to live.

P PerkinsPatricia Perkins - Commissioner

Patricia 'Patti' Perkins was born and raised in DeKalb. She retired from Northern Illinois University where her responsibilities included campus planning and project management. Patti has been involved in small dog rescue for many years and currently she and her Papillon/Chihuahua mix, Gracie Allen, participate in children's reading programs at DeKalb and Sycamore libraries. Patti has fond memories of spending many childhood hours in neighborhood parks and learning to swim at Hopkins Park Pool and has continued to enjoy DeKalb parks and programs as an adult. She believes that the Park District enhances the quality of life for the city's citizens. She is pleased that her appointment to the Park Board will afford her an opportunity to contribute back to the community.

Dag Grada

Dag Grada - Treasurer

For many years, Dag Grada lived a split life. He spent summers in DeKalb, working his trade of sheet metal. Winters were spent in the Dominican Republic, working on the rivers and in the mountains, primarily in tourism. Marriage and children created a need for a more stable life and Dag settled down full-time in DeKalb with his wife Elizabeth and daughters Eleanor and Amelie. Dag is active in the sport of disc golf, not only as a player but as an advocate of responsible course design as well as an active volunteer on area projects.

Contact the Board

To contact a board commissioner by regular mail, please send correspondence to:

Board Commissioner's Name
DeKalb Park District
1403 Sycamore Rd.
Dekalb IL 60115

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is an Illinois state statute that provides the public the right to access government documents and records. The law provides that a person can ask a public body for a copy of its records on a specific subject and the public body must provide those records, unless there is an exemption in the statute that protects those records from disclosure.

As of January 1, 2010, changes to the Freedom of Information Act went into effect. Please note the following:

  • The new law changes the time for response to five business days. An extension of five business days is permitted under various circumstances.
  • Those submitting a request for a commercial purpose must identify that purpose or be subject to statutory penalties. The Park District then has a reasonable period (up to 21 days) considering the size and complexity of the request to comply.
  • The request must be submitted in writing, although the use of a particular form is no longer required.
  • Records requested may be examined in person or copies made. There is no fee for up to 50 pages of standard paper copies. For pages beyond 50, there is a 15 cent per page charge.

The DeKalb Park District has appointed a FOIA Officer to provide public records as expeditiously and efficiently as possible under the law. The District's FOIA Officer is Heather Collins, Superintendent of Finance & Administration.





Board Meeting Minutes Archive

2017 Meetings

Date Agendas Minutes
January 5, 2017 (special meeting) Agenda Minutes
January 11, 2017 (special meeting) Agenda Minutes
January 18, 2017 *rescheduled to Wednesday
January 31, 2017 (special meeting) Agenda Minutes
February 6, 2017 (special meeting) Agenda Minutes
February 16, 2017 Agenda
February 27, 2017 (4pm special meeting) Agenda Minutes
February 27, 2017 (7pm special meeting) Agenda Minutes
March 3, 2017 (special meeting) Agenda Minutes
March 16, 2017 Agenda Minutes
April 5, 2017 (special meeting) Agenda Minutes
April 20, 2017 Agenda Minutes
May 18, 2017 Agenda Minutes
June 15, 2017 Agenda Minutes
July 20, 2017 Agenda Minutes
August 7, 2017 (special meeting) Agenda Minutes
August 17, 2017 Agenda Minutes
September 21, 2017 Agenda Minutes
October 19, 2017 Agenda Minutes
November 9, 2017 (special meeting) Agenda Minutes
November 16, 2017 Agenda Minutes
December 7, 2017 (special meeting) Agenda Minutes
December 21, 2017 Agenda Minutes

2016 Meetings

Date Agendas Minutes
January 21, 2016 Agenda Minutes
February 4, 2016 (special meeting) Agenda Minutes
February 18, 2016 Agenda Minutes
February 24, 2016 (special meeting) Agenda Minutes
March 2, 2016 (special meeting) Agenda Minutes
March 17, 2016 Agenda Minutes
April 7, 2016 (special meeting) Agenda Minutes
April 21, 2016 Agenda Minutes
May 5, 2016 (special meeting) Agenda Minutes
May 19, 2016 Agenda Minutes
June 10, 2016 (special meeting) Agenda (cancelled)
June 16, 2016 Agenda Minutes
June 24, 2016 (special meeting) Agenda Minutes
July 14, 2016 (special meeting) Agenda Minutes
July 21, 2016 Agenda Minutes
August 18, 2016 Agenda Minutes
September 15, 2016 Agenda Minutes
October 3, 2016 (special meeting) Agenda Minutes
October 20, 2016 Agenda
November 14, 2016 (special meeting) Agenda Minutes
November 17, 2016 Agenda Minutes
December 1, 2016 Agenda Minutes
December 15, 2016 Agenda

2015 Meetings

Date Agendas Minutes
January 8, 2015
Agenda Minutes
January 28, 2015
Agenda Minutes
February 12, 2015
Agenda Minutes
March 19, 2015
Agenda Minutes
April 16, 2015
May 21, 2015
June 18, 2015
June 22, 2015 (special meeting) Agenda Minutes
July 20, 2015 (special meeting)
August 20, 2015
September 17, 2015
October 5, 2015 (special meeting) Agenda Minutes
October 15, 2015
October 22, 2015 (special meeting) Agenda Minutes
November 6, 2015 (special meeting) Agenda Minutes
November 19, 2015
Agenda Minutes
December 8, 2015 (special meeting) Agenda Minutes
December 11, 2015 (special meeting) Agenda Minutes
December 17, 2015
Agenda Minutes

2014 Meetings

Date Minutes
January 9, 2014
January 29, 2014 (special meeting) Minutes
February 13, 2014
March 13, 2014
March 31, 2014 (special meeting) Minutes
April 2, 2014 (special meeting) Minutes
April 4, 2014 (special meeting) Minutes
April 10, 2014
April 25 - May 3, 2014 (special meetings) Minutes
May 8, 2014
May 28, 2014 (special meeting) Minutes
June 12, 2014
July 10, 2014
August 14, 2014
September 11, 2014
September 19, 2014 (special meeting) Minutes
October 9, 2014
November 7, 2014 (special meeting) Minutes
November 13, 2014
December 11, 2014
December 30, 2014 (special meeting) Minutes

2013 Meetings

Date Minutes
January 9 Minutes
January 16 (special meeting) Minutes
February 4 Minutes
February 7
March 21 Minutes
April 11 Minutes
May 9 Minutes
June 13 Minutes
June 21 (special meeting) Minutes
July 11 Minutes
July 18 (special meeting)
August 8 Minutes
August 21 (special meeting) Minutes
August 28 (special meeting)
September 12 Minutes
October 9 (special meeting) Minutes
October 10 Minutes
November 6 (special meeting) Minutes
November 14 Minutes
November 25 (special meeting) Minutes
December 3 (special meeting) Minutes
December 12 Minutes

2012 Meetings

Date Minutes
January 12 Minutes
January 19 (special meeting) Minutes
February 9 Minutes
March 15 (special meeting) Minutes
March 22 Minutes
April 9 (special meeting) Minutes
April 12 Minutes
May 7 (special meeting) Minutes
May 10 Minutes
June 4 (special meeting) Minutes
June 14 Minutes
July 12 Minutes
August 13 (special meeting) Minutes
August 16 Minutes
September 10 (special meeting) Minutes
September 13 Minutes
October 11 Minutes
November 8 Minutes
December 6 (special meeting) Minutes
December 13 Minutes

2011 Meetings

Date Minutes
January 12 Minutes
February 9 Minutes
March 10 Minutes
April 14 Minutes
May 12 Minutes
June 9 Minutes
July 14 Minutes
August 11 Minutes
September 8 Minutes
October 3 (special meeting) Minutes
October 13 Minutes
November 10 Minutes
December 6 Minutes
December 15 (special meeting) Minutes

Strategic Planning Committee

Meeting Agendas/Minutes

November 29, 2017
December 13, 2017 Agenda Minutes
January 31, 2018
February 15, 2018
March 1, 2018
July 5, 2018
August 2, 2018

Trails & Trees Committee

Meeting Agendas/Minutes

July 26, 2013 Minutes
November 8, 2013 Minutes
November 13, 2013 Minutes
December 18, 2013 Minutes
February 6, 2015 Minutes
January 20, 2016 Agenda

Pool Consideration Committee

Meeting Minutes

October 23, 2013 Minutes
November 4, 2013 Minutes
November 18, 2013 Minutes
December 2, 2013 Minutes
December 16, 2013 Minutes
February 3, 2014 Minutes
March 3, 2014 Minutes
April 7, 2014 Minutes
April 21, 2014 Minutes