April 12, 2017 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 04 May 2017 11:38


Regular Committee/Board Meeting of the

Board of Commissioners


April 12, 2017



Commissioner Conrad called the meeting to order at 8:00pm.



The following commissioners were present:  Commissioners Egan, Albon, Conrad

Commissioners Pratl and Crout were absent with notice.

Also present: Director King, Attorney Stillman, Recreation Superintendent Malito and Maintenance Superintendent Biskey.


Due to President Pratl’s absence and upon Attorney’s recommendation, Commissioner Egan made a motion to appoint Commissioner Conrad as Chair of the Regular Committee/Board Meeting of the Board of Commissioners for this meeting of April 12th.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Albon.

Roll Call

Ayes:                Commissioner Egan, Albon, Conrad

Nays:               None

Abstain:           None

Motion Carried.



Everyone participated in the Pledge of Allegiance. 



There was no one to address the Board.



Chair Report

Commissioner Albon asked Recreation Superintendent to present his report.


Superintendent’s Report

Recreation Superintendent Malito reported that they will be offering RAH on April 14th, Good Friday.  There are currently 12 children signed up.


The Easter events were held on April 8th.  There were 48 in attendance for the Breakfast with the Bunny and was it a great event.  The boy scouts were given certificates for Ball Fore and Lily Pad for their participation in preparing/serving the breakfast. Once again there was a good crowd for the Easter Egg Hunt at Frontier.


Two new rowing machines were installed in the fitness center.  Patrons gave very positive feedback.


Foods-of-the-month for NRPA Commit to Health program are fresh herbs, spices and salad greens.


There are 19 returning employees for the upcoming Day Camp session.  The Recreation Department will be looking to hire a few more to complete the staffing requirements. Day Camp is scheduled to begin June 12th.


John Howard, the artist who did the mural on the wall at Freedom Activity Center was out to do some painting touch-up. 


All In Basketball Club has been using Frontier two days a week for two hours a day and have since picked up an additional four hours per week beginning next week until the end of May.  This has the potential of turning into a great rental for us.


Commissioner Conrad made a few complimentary comments regarding the new rowing machines as well as compliments to the staff for the success of the Easter events.


Commissioner Albon asked about possibly painting a mural on the concession building at Menard Park.  Director King stated that the CRAA was looking into putting their logo, etc. on the building, but he has not yet received any word on that. 



Chair Report

Commissioner Egan gave the floor to Maintenance Superintendent Biskey for his report.


Superintendent’s Report

Superintendent Biskey reported on the opening of Ball Fore on April 1st.  There have been no major issues. A few minor issues were dealt with immediately.


The maintenance crew is beginning to cut grass and work on the fields.  Renovation of Field 2 at Menard will be handled in house which will include leveling the pitcher’s mound and enlarging the infield.


The fitness center was rearranged to make room for the new rowers which gave it a “new look”.


The maintenance crew continues to work around scheduled rentals to keep facilities clean and ready for use.



Chair Report

There was nothing to discuss at this time.



Chair Report

Commissioner Conrad gave the floor to Attorney Stillman to report on the Tower Park bid process. 


Attorney Stillman reported that there were 2 bids submitted for the Tower Park project. The lowest bid was from Hacienda; however, information received from an outside source indicated that Hacienda was not a “responsible bidder”.  After review of Hacienda’s bid packet, and seeing that everything was in order, Attorney Stillman sent e-mails to their references.  He received a couple of favorable responses as well as some concerns from other area park districts that he relayed to the Board.  Based on the experience of Director King and numerous other professionals in the industry, his overwhelming opinion was that Hacienda Landscaping was the lowest responsible bidder and recommended the Board award the contract to Hacienda Landscaping, Inc. for the bid price of $91,169.


As there were no questions on the bid proposals, Commissioner Conrad called for a motion to award the bid contract in the amount of $91,169.00 to Hacienda Landscaping, Inc.  Motion was made by Commissioner Albon and seconded by Commissioner Egan.

Roll Call

Ayes:                Commissioner Egan, Albon, Conrad

Nays:               None

Abstain:           None

Motion Carried.


Attorney Stillman then exited the meeting.



There was no old business to discuss. 



In regard to the approval of the Fest Permit, the Board was given a copy of the Addendum that was altered without permission and signed by the Village along with a copy of last year’s addendum that was signed by both the Park District and the Village.  Director King informed the Board that President Pratl will be signing an unaltered addendum (same as last year’s) and submitting it to the Village for their signature.  The permit will be approved once the proper addendum is signed by the Village.


The Park District received a $1,000 PowerPlay grant award from the IAPD for the NRPA Commit to Health Program initiative.


The Board was reminded to complete their Statement of Economic Interest by May 1st.



There was no need to enter Executive Session.



Commissioner Conrad called for a motion to adjourn at 8:29pm.  Motion was made by Commissioner Egan and seconded by Commissioner Albon.  All in favor, aye.  Motion carried.





 _____Kevin King_____

Kevin King, Secretary Chicago Ridge Park District


Approved by the Board of Commissioners on this 26th day of April, 2017.


____Kevin King________

Kevin King, Secretary Chicago Ridge Park District

Chicago Ridge Park District