October 11, 2017 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 06 November 2017 13:40

Regular Committee/Board Meeting of the

Board of Commissioners


October 11, 2017



President Pratl called the meeting to order at 8:00pm.



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

Commissioner was Crout absent with notice

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



Everyone participated in the Pledge of Allegiance. 



The following public was in attendance:  Tiffany Egan, Karrie Grabinski, Sally Wendt, Roger Grabinski and Ed Kowalski.  Mr. Grabinski addressed the Board regarding the proposed not-for-profit youth organization “Jon’s Way” giving a brief history and ideals of the group.  A permit request from the Lions Club for a Trunk or Treat and Haunted Trail event was before the Board which included participation with the Jon’s Way group. Since the permit request from the Lion’s Club was in order and a Certificate of Insurance was obtained, the Attorney recommended that the Board vote on the permit request as presented by the Lion’s Club. 


President Pratl called for a vote to approve the permit request presented by the Lion’s Club for their Trunk or Treat and Haunted Trail event. 

Roll Call:

Ayes:                Commissioner Conrad, Egan, Albon, Pratl

Nays:               None

Abstain:           None


The Board thanked the group for coming.  All guests then exited the meeting.


Attorney Stillman updated the Board on the legal issue regarding the 2016 Ridge Fest, stating that he has filed a motion to dismiss the Village and the Park District from the suit.  He further stated there will not be any charges to the Park District for legal fees.


Attorney Stillman then exited the meeting.



Chair Report

Commissioner Albon reviewed the written report from the Recreation Superintendent.  The 1st Opengymapalooza was Monday, October 9th; the children that were there had a great time.


There are two fitness events going on at the Fitness Center from October 2nd through October 16th.  Commissioner Albon commented that she has seen that the new rowing machines are being utilized by patrons.


The final week of the regular season was October 11th.  The 18th season of basketball begins on November 1st through January 31st.


The senior group that used the bus to go downtown for the Senior Fest was very appreciative.


The new scoreboards arrived and will be ready for the new season.


The Board was given updated information regarding area park district’s charges for the use of their pavilions for their review. 


Superintendent’s Report

Superintendent Malito was not at the meeting.



Chair Report

The floor was given to Maintenance Superintendent Biskey.


Superintendent’s Report

Superintendent Biskey reported on the Frontier Parking lot.  M&J Asphalt was out to perform the repairs and the maintenance crew restriped the lot.  It will be seal coated in the spring.


The scoreboards were delivered, installed and an electrician was called to hook it all up on Friday the 6th. 


The Lily Pad is completely shut down and winterized.  Maintenance staff is in the process of winterizing Ball Fore. 


All vehicles will be going in for checkups and oil changes at the end of the month.


Maintenance staff is busy with rentals, cleaning and field maintenance.


Commissioner Conrad asked about the sink(s) at Frontier.  Director King stated that they are still working on it with the Village Inspector and the plumber.


Commissioner Pratl asked Superintendent Biskey to get quotes for re-roofing and fascia for the pavilion at Freedom Park.


Superintendent Biskey then left the meeting.


Director’s Report

Director King reported on the audit which was received in a timely manner. The Commissioners were given a copy of the report. 


The bond sale for the General Obligation limited Tax Park Bonds Series 2017 will be held prior to the next Board Meeting.


Director King reported on the Frontier playground project stating that he is speaking with representatives from Landscape Structures and Cunningham Recreation regarding the plans for this playground.


Director King reported that he spoke to Mayor Tokar regarding the possibility of a joint effort to apply for a grant being offered through IDOT for bike paths and streetscapes which could possibly aid in the Freedom walking path project.


Director King reported on the TIF meeting he attended.


Director King reported that he spoke with Mike Kwartnik from the CRAA who is looking to put a container in our storage yard for their grill/pop and other inventory they have. Director King will be working with them on this in the spring.


Director’s King reported that they are looking to change the policy on Frontier ID’s and move to a yearly renewal as children’s appearance changes a lot in a year’s time.



Chair Report

The Board was given August financial statements for their review.



Chair Report

Commissioner Conrad reported that there really wasn’t anything eye-catching at the NRPA conference.  



There was no old business to discuss.



There was no new business to discuss.



There was no need to enter Executive Session.



President Pratl called for a motion to adjourn at 8:46pm.  Motion was made by Commissioner Conrad and seconded by Commissioner Egan.  All in favor, aye.  Motion carried.





 _Kevin King_____

Kevin King, Secretary Chicago Ridge Park District


Approved by the Board of Commissioners on this 25th day of October, 2017.


__Kevin King_________

Kevin King, Secretary Chicago Ridge Park District

Chicago Ridge Park District