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Thursday, 25 September 2008 10:57

Regular Meeting of the Board of Commissioners

CHICAGO RIDGE PARK DISTRICT

August 27, 2008

 

CALL TO ORDER

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

 

ROLL CALL

The following Commissioners were present:   Crout, Hovel, Lind, Conrad and Pratl.  Also present was Director King and Attorney Stillman. 

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Everyone joined in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

A motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting dated July 25, 2008 was made by Commissioner Crout and seconded by Commissioner Hovel.

Roll Call

Ayes:               Commissioner Crout, Hovel, Conrad, Pratl

Nays:               None

Abstain:           Commissioner Lind

Motion Carried.

 

A motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Committee Meeting dated July 9, 2008 was made by Commissioner Crout and seconded by Commissioner Conrad.

Roll Call

Ayes:               Commissioner Crout, Lind, Conrad

Nays:               None

Abstain:           Commissioner Hovel, Pratl

Motion Carried.

 

A motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting dated July 23, 2008 was made by Commissioner Hovel and seconded by Commissioner Crout.

Roll Call

Ayes:               Commissioner Crout, Hovel, Conrad, Pratl

Nays:               None

Abstain:           Commissioner Lind

Motion Carried

 

A motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Committee Meeting dated August 13, 2008 was made by Commissioner Crout and seconded by Commissioner Lind.

Roll Call

Ayes:               Commissioner Crout, Lind, Conrad, Pratl

Nays:               None

Abstain:           Commissioner Hovel

Motion Carried

PUBLIC/STAFF WISHING TO ADDRESS THE BOARD

There was no one to address the Board.

 

FINANCE

President Pratl mentioned that the accountant, Lee Howard, is working on some accounting changes and should the Board have any questions regarding the new format for reporting bills, they should contact Director King.

 

Commissioner Hovel made a motion to approve the July/August, 2008 disbursements in the amount of $96,956.04; and it was seconded by Commissioner Lind.

Roll Call:    

Ayes:               Commissioners Crout, Hovel, Lind, Conrad, Pratl

Nays:               None

Abstain:           None                

Motion Carried.

 

REPORTS

President:      

President Pratl commented that they are very close to finalizing the purchase of the Oxford building and that this purchase will work well with the new splash pad plans.

 

He also commented that they made a good decision to change the hours of operation at Ball Fore, the facility looks good, it is still being utilized and he encouraged the Board to stop by and see the tournament this weekend. 

 

President Pratl complimented the maintenance staff on maintaining the Frontier Fieldhouse building.  He said it looked great inside and outside and asked Commissioner Conrad to pass along his compliments to the staff.

 

Attorney:

A letter was given to the Board from the Office of the County Clerk regarding the 2007 tax rate increase.  Attorney Stillman reported that he has talked with the accountant, Lee Howard who is working with Bill Vaselopulos of the County Clerk’s office and is satisfied with the plans to obtain the monies due. 

 

In regard to the prior employee issue, Attorney Stillman reported that he has not received any more correspondence concerning this matter.

 

In regard to Ball Fore, there was an alarm issue and Optimal Fire Protection was called in to correct the problem.  The work should be covered under the warranty and therefore, any payment should be made by Northwest Contractors.  After initially agreeing to pay, Northwest Contractors is now refusing to pay.  Attorney Stillman suggested it may be necessary for the Park District to pay Optimal and then sue Northwest Contractors in order to avoid a mechanic’s lien against the property. 

 

The Board was given correspondence from Attorney Matt Byrne regarding status of 10325 Oxford.  More research is being done on this property.

 

Director:        

Director King reported that while he thought a rough draft would be ready by the meeting, two employees left Knutte & Associates and the rough draft will not be ready until the next meeting.  Commissioner Pratl commented that we are still ahead of where we were last year.

 

In regard to Freedom Park, Director King reported that the park was attended to immediately after the Fest with aerating and seeding.  He should have the hours and billing by next meeting.  Our Lady of the Ridge Football has been using the park for practices.  Currently, there is a leak somewhere behind the pavilion.  They are working with the Village to correct this. 

 

Frontier Fieldhouse has been getting a lot of use.  There was football, basketball, Ring of Honor wrestling, and the talent show.  In regard to the Ring of Honor wrestling event, Director King reported that it was the lowest turn out they have had, possibly due to the end of summer-back to school time; however, Ring of Honor was very happy with the turn out.  The Park District received their rental fee although concession sales were down.  They are booked for a pay-per-view event in November which should be a big crowd, and then four more events next year are booked for January, April, June and November.

 

Director King reported that Park District logo as well as the Commissioners’ names are being put on the bus and should be ready shortly.

 

He commented that the hours at Ball Fore for Labor Day will be extended.  The tournament held on the 9th went well along with the dedication of the new plaque.  The top three finishers received entry to the Illinois State Open.  There are 10 registered for this event:  two pros, some residents and non-residents.  Due to the low number of registrants, some changes may be made in the itinerary for the event.  Director King commented that thought he is disappointed with the number of people registered, he is very happy with the interest generated by the publicity.

 

Director King reported that Day Camp finished up with an injury to a camp counselor on the last day.

 

RAH program is starting up; however, discussion of this program will be held off until the Recreation Supervisor could be present.  He reported that the numbers were not good for the Tiny Tot program.  Discussion ensued.

 

Director King reported that the Maintenance staff removed the dead trees, edging sidewalks and staying on top of the grass cutting and weeding.  He also commented that he met with Sportsfield and should have a proposal from them by the next meeting.

 

 

COMMITTEES:

Recreation:   

Commissioner Crout had nothing to report at this time.  President Pratl reminded Director King that the Board expects a report from the Recreation Supervisor for each meeting.

 

Maintenance:

Commissioner Conrad reported that the staff is continuing to keep the buildings clean.  He also commented that they will be looking to hire a Superintendent. 

 

Special Projects: 

The Board was given a copy of new drawings of the splash pad.  There were still some things missing from the drawings and Director King asked Commissioner Pratl to contact Glen Thorstenson. 

 

Commissioner Pratl has been in contact with another solar company.  When he receives more information, he will pass this on to Commissioner Lind for follow up.

                       

OLD BUSINESS:

There was some discussion regarding an Intergovernmental Agreement regarding the School District’s use of Park District property. 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

A motion to adopt the Prevailing Wage Ordinance #2008-04 was made by Commissioner Lind and seconded by Commissioner Crout.

Roll Call:

Ayes:               Commissioner Crout, Hovel, Lind, Conrad, Pratl

Nays:               None

Abstain:           None

Motion Carried.

 

 EXECUTIVE SESSION:

There was no need to enter into Executive Session at this time.

 

ADJOURN

A motion to adjourn at 8:34pm was made by Commissioner Crout and seconded by Commissioner Conrad.

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 24th day of September, 2008.

 

 

____Rob Lind___________________

Secretary

Chicago Ridge Park District    

 
Chicago Ridge Park District