2024 06 Minutes June draft



June 3, 2024


Directors: Larry Bakirtjy, Mike Davenport, Minaxi Tailor, Chris Shifley                

Treasurer: Fred Aichele

Secretary: Marilee C.C. Rusiniak

Commissioners: Brett Laureys, Water Commissioner

Members: Bob Hurley

Other: Doug Brunkow & Sean Hogan (Representing West Shoreland)


The meeting was called to order on June 3, 2024 at 7:04 p.m. at Countryside Fire Station #1, 801 S. Midlothian Road, Mundelein, Illinois 60060 by President Mike Davenport.


Chris Shifley moved that the minutes from the Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors on May 6, 2024 be approved as presented. Minaxi Tailor seconded the motion. Unanimously approved.


Doug Brunkow and Sean Hogan (both representing West Shoreland) had several questions for the WSPC Board. Westshoreland is billed annually from WSPC for the shared expense of beaches and parks.

  • Q: Why did WSPC need a recent survey? A: Surveys were needed to determine the correct property boundaries for beaches, parks, and the Taylor Lake Court property. Some surveys had been done several years ago and this project is almost completed.
  • Q: Why has there been an increase in the beach and park expenses? A: Some necessary beach and park maintenance projects were delayed due to the large expense of the WSP water tank replacement and the Forest Lane drainage/road project. Now that those are complete, there is a new focus on beaches and park repairs and improvements.
  • The upcoming seawall project was discussed and it was requested that WSPC Board keep WSL updated on the projected cost and plan for the project. It was also requested that WSPC board update WSL on beach and park expenditures so that they can plan accordingly for their own annual HOA dues.

Member Bob Hurley asked if WSPC employed an arborist or “tree doctor” to identify trees that may need to be removed. Answer: WSPC will receive a call from a member who will request that a specific tree be inspected to determine the health of the tree, and if the tree is on WSPC property or on a member’s property. If the tree is on WSPC property and is obviously a danger to property or people, the board will arrange to have it removed or trimmed as necessary. Mr. Hurley recommended that a new budget line be considered for an arborist or “tree doctor” to help determine the health of WSPC trees.

Mr. Hurley also asked who managed weed control on Diamond Lake. Weed control is managed by the Mundelein Park and Recreation District (MPRD) and was applied by ILM Environments Aquatic Consultants. A systemic herbicide treatment was applied on the entire lake to better control two invasive plants: Eurasian Watermilfoil and Curlyleaf Pondweed that inhibit native aquatic plant density in Diamond Lake in the spring. You can sign-up for email notifications from the MPRD – which includes notices regarding the application of the herbicide and information about the health of Diamond Lake at:


Questions and concerns should be sent to Ron Salski, MPRD Board Secretary and Executive Director: [email protected]


Fred Aichele reported that he received notice that Swanson Water Treatment, Inc. will be dissolving and will no longer provide services. Confirmation of a replacement vendor is in process.


Mike Davenport reported that he continues to work on the generator project. It was determined that there is a need for a project manager who will work to move the project forward to secure the best solution for the best pricing.


Fred Aichele presented theTreasurer’s Report for 5/01/2024 – 5/31/2024. Larry Bakirtjy moved and Minaxi Tailor seconded that the Treasurer’s Report be approved as submitted. Unanimously approved.


Brett Laureys reported that he also received notice that Swanson Water Treatment, Inc. will be dissolving and will no longer provide services.

Brett also reported that he is working with Catherine Shannon of West Shoreland and WSP Director Ben Arditti on the required Source Water Assessment Program (SWAP) for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Brett Laureys will be stepping down from his position as Water Commissioner. We are currently looking for a member who would be interested in filling this important position. (Brett will continue to assist as he is able until a new Water Commissioner has been confirmed and he will assist with the transition if able to.) Please contact Mike Davenport if you are interested.


Both beached have had old sand removed and new sand installed. Block 1 beach has new signs installed. Block 2 beach has had new ropes and rope floats installed and the benches have been repaired. Minaxi Tailor will follow-up to ensure the beach licenses have been posted.


Review and discussion of the Board and Officers Task List.


Some email servers have been marking some WSP outgoing emails as “undeliverable”. Some people do not receive some of the emails that are sent out. Please add [email protected] to your email contact list to help ensure you get WSP emails.


Chris Shifley moved that the meeting be adjourned. Minaxi Tailor seconded the motion. Unanimously approved. The meeting was adjourned at 8:08 p.m.

Executive Session Opened: 8:18 p.m.

Executive Session Closed: 9:05 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Marilee C.C. Rusiniak, Secretary


  • July 1, 2024 – Regularly Scheduled Monthly Board Meeting
  • July 11, 2024 – Taco Truck Tuesday at Miller Park 6p.m. – 8p.m.
  • July 25, 2024 – Taco Truck Tuesday at Miller Park 6p.m. – 8p.m.
  • August 5, 2024 – Regularly Scheduled Monthly Board Meeting
  • September 9, 2024 – Regularly Scheduled Monthly Board Meeting
  • October 7, 2024 – Regularly Scheduled Monthly Board Meeting

All monthly meetings are held at Countryside Fire Station #1, 801 S. Midlothian Rd., Mundelein, IL 60060 at 7:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted.


January 8, February 5, February 18 (Annual Meeting and Board Meeting), March 4, April 1, May 6, June 3, July 1, August 5, September 9, October 7, November 4, December 2.


Name                                        Month/Year Term Expires

Ben Arditti, Block 2                 February 2026

Mike Davenport, At Large       February 2025

Minaxi Tailor, Block 2             February 2025

Chris Shifley, Block 1              February 2026

Larry Bakirtjy, Block 1            February 2025


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Please add [email protected] to your email contacts. We have been experiencing some difficulty with certain email servers rejecting emails because they are thought to be spam.

Please do not send emails to the [email protected] email address. The email is used mainly for sending out email to members and is not regularly checked. Your email may sit for some time before being forwarded to the correct individual to handle your situation or request. Please email or call Secretary Marilee C.C. Rusiniak, or directly contact any member of the board. Email addresses are available on the website and phone numbers are listed in the West Shore Park Homeowner Directory.

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It is recommended that pedestrians walking at night or dusk/dawn should wear reflective clothing and have a flashlight or light-up leash for their dog. The NHTSA recommends the following safety tip for walking in a neighborhood without sidewalks such as WSP and West Shoreland: Pedestrians should walk FACING traffic and as far away from traffic as possible.  https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/pedestrian-safety (Bicycles ride along WITH traffic.) Dog owners are also reminded to please obey leash laws and to always pick-up after your dog.