June 25, 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 03 September 2008 11:23

Regular Meeting of the Board of Commissioners


June 25, 2008



President Pratl called the meeting to order at 8:03 pm.



The following Commissioners were present:   Crout, Hovel, Conrad and Pratl.  Commissioner Lind was absent with notice.  Also present was Director King.



Everyone joined in the Pledge of Allegiance.



A motion to approve minutes of the Regular Board Meeting dated May 28, 2008, was made by Commissioner Conrad and seconded by Commissioner Pratl.

Roll Call:

Ayes:               Commissioners Conrad, Pratl

Nays:               None

Abstain:           Commissioners Crout and Hovel

President Pratl stated for the record that the abstention votes would go with the majority vote.   Motion Carried.


A motion to approve minutes of the Regular Committee Meeting dated June 11, 2008 was made by Commissioner Crout and seconded by Commissioner Hovel.

Roll Call:

Ayes:               Commissioners Crout, Hovel, Conrad, Pratl

Nays:               None

Abstain:           None

Motion Carried.



There was no one to address the Board.



Commissioner Hovel made a motion to approve the May/June, 2008, disbursements in the amount of $153,674.92; and it was seconded by Commissioner Conrad.

Roll Call:    

Ayes:               Commissioners Crout, Hovel, Conrad, Pratl

Nays:               None

Abstain:           None                

Motion Carried.






President Pratl reported that he is staying in touch with the appropriate people regarding the purchase of 10335 S. Oxford and informed the Board that the attorneys are contacting banks for mortgage terms/rates. They are looking at a 20 year mortgage and will need to decide the amount of down payment.  He commented that he is very excited about the purchase of the Oxford building and that the purchase will change some things regarding the plans for the splash pad that they will need to discuss.  He also commented that the price of the building at the end of the block at 10325 Oxford, while not yet available, may be beyond what the Park District would be able to pay.



Attorney Stillman was not at the meeting.



Director King continued to update the Board regarding the purchase of 10335 S. Oxford.  He reported that he had been in touch with the accountant, Lee Howard, who did not see a problem with the acquisition.  Plans are being made to go forward with the acquisition.

The seller needs 60 days to evacuate the building, but Director King said this was not a problem.  How the building will be utilized will be discussed at another time.  Director King reminded the Board that land acquisition is one of the primary goals of the Park District and this purchase will be a great addition.


Director King reported that the audit is coming up in a couple of weeks.  He commented that reports on the solar project and splash pad project will be made at the next Committee Meeting.   He reported that Day Camp is going well. 


In regard to Ball Fore, he reported that the Health Department came out and we received a score of 91 which is excellent.  They did say that the sanitizer was weak and that has been taken care of.   They also wanted to make sure we have licensed personnel on at all times.  We have Gayle Boettger who went for her renewal; Joe Zalewski has had his training and Dawn and Chris had their second day of training today; so there will be 4 people who are qualified and licensed in food sanitation.  Board members were given the revenue breakdown.  There are still some plumbing issues that are being worked on.  In the meantime, our staff is handling the watering themselves.  He reported that the cruise night was not as successful as they hoped – only three cars were exhibited. 


**Attorney Matt Byrne from Querrey & Harrow arrived at the meeting at 8:12pm**


Director King reported that the Ring of Honor wrestling is set for this Saturday, June 28.  He is expecting a good crowd.  He will be there to oversee the event as well as several veteran employees.  The George Shimko Basketball league is finishing up at Frontier which will leave some practices and a few other sporadic rentals through July, but girl’s basketball begins in August and everything will pick up again.  He said they did try to put together some basketball tournaments and softball tournaments, however only two people signed up. 

The plaque for Ball Fore should be ready by the end of July or beginning of August.  He would like to tie in the dedication of the plaque with the Olympics and the August 9 miniature golf tournament.  In regard to the Illinois State Open, Director King handed out some information regarding the event and reported on the plans for advertising, registration, hotel accommodations, etc., as well as the event itself.   


In regard to Maintenance, Director King reported that they had three tree companies out to give quotes on the removal of the dead trees  - he is still waiting for all the quotes to come in – but hopefully this will be taken care of by next week.


Staff is doing a good job.  They had a couple of meetings to address a few items.  They are aware of what needs to be done and how it needs to be done.  Director King has encouraged team-work and is overseeing their productivity.


Some staff evaluations were given to the Board members to review. 


A recent news article was given to the Board regarding a child left behind at a local pool by day camp counselors from another park district.  Director King informed the Board that he has addressed this issue with the staff and reminded them of the importance of good child care.  He commented that the day camp staff is doing a good job and there have been no incidences in the Chicago Ridge Park District thus far.


Commissioner Pratl had questions regarding the revenue from Ball Fore in relation to the number of employees and hours of operation.  Director King said he would look into it.


Attorney’s Report

Matt Byrne, Attorney from Querrey & Harrow reported on the prospective purchase of the 10325 Oxford property.  He stated that the property is currently in foreclosure and the owner has filed bankruptcy.  At this point, Attorney Byrne is in the process of gathering more information before any action can be taken.  In regard to the purchase of the 10335 Oxford property, he is looking into mortgage rates and terms. 


A motion was made to authorize Director Kevin King and Attorneys Mike Stillman and Matt Byrne of Querrey & Harrow, Attorneys for the Chicago Ridge Park District, to proceed in negotiations with Kagan Real Estate and the attorneys for the property located at 10325 Oxford by Commissioner Conrad and seconded by Commissioner Crout.

Roll Call

Ayes:               Commissioner Crout, Hovel, Conrad, Pratl

Nays:               None

Abstain:           None

Motion Carried.




Commissioner Crout referred the Board to the letter that was submitted by Recreation Supervisor, Joe Zalewsi asking the Board to reconsider their decision concerning RAH rates for resident/non-resident participants.  Commissioner Pratl suggested that that Board hold off considering this request until Supervisor Zalewski was present to address the Board.  Everyone was in agreement.



Commissioner Conrad reported that they are working to have a top-notch maintenance team.  Everything is currently going well and they are doing a good job, but would like to see them improving even more. 


Commissioner Pratl asked when they could expect the new truck.  Director King reported that they should have it in about six weeks.  Commissioner Pratl also commented that the parks look good.  Everyone agreed.


Special Projects: 

Commissioner Conrad reported on the solar project.  As far as monies, there is no guaranteed money in the form of grants, however, Solar Service, who gave the presentation at the last meeting, has a good track record for securing grants for their customers.  The first grant deadline is July 5.  The next one would be in August.   He is still waiting for the figures.


In regard to the splash pad, Commissioner Pratl said they need more ideas from Glenn Thorstenson and they need to act on this in order to have it up and running by next year.

Since there will not be a need to build a brick building to house the plumbing, etc. due to the purchase of the existing Oxford building, the original plans need to be altered.  

Director King said if anyone has any ideas and/or additions to the plans to let him know. 

General consensus was to have this worked out by the next Regular Board Meeting.



Commissioner Conrad suggested having a sign at Ball Fore.  Director King said they will have someone come out to show us what they have.



There was no new business at this time.



There was not need to enter Executive Session.



A motion to adjourn at 8:59pm was made by Commissioner Crout and seconded by Commissioner Hovel.

All in favor, aye.  Motion Carried.






Respectfully Submitted,


___Rob Lind____________________

Rob Lind, Secretary

Chicago Ridge Park District


Approved by the Board of Commissioners on this 27th day of August, 2008.



____Rob Lind________________


Chicago Ridge Park District












Chicago Ridge Park District