December 10, 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 January 2009 13:44

Combined Committee Meeting and Regular Board Meeting

Of the Board of Commissioners


December 10, 2008



President Pratl called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm.



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



Everyone joined in the Pledge of Allegiance.



A motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting dated November 19, 2008 was made by Commissioner Crout and seconded by Commissioner Conrad.

Roll Call

Ayes:               Commissioner Crout, Hovel, Conrad, Pratl

Nays:               None

Abstain:           None

Motion Carried.



There was no one to address the Board.



A motion was made by Commissioner Hovel to approve cash disbursements for November/December 2008 in the amount of $352,730.68.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Crout.

Roll Call:    

Ayes:               Commissioners Crout, Hovel, Conrad, Pratl

Nays:               None

Abstain:           None                

Motion Carried.




President Pratl commented that it has been a good year for the Park District and is looking forward to 2009.  He also informed the Board that because of the shortened meeting in November and the way the pay periods fell this year, he informed Director King to issue the holiday bonuses with the December 12th employee pay checks.  This was a budgeted item that needed to be disbursed in a timely fashion.


He stated that he had been in contact with Glenn Thorstenson who had given him the names of three architects for the splash pad project.  These names were forwarded to Director King for follow up. 


Attorney Stillman was not present at the meeting; however, the Board was given correspondence regarding an ongoing personnel issue.



Director King gave the Board some information from LandTech which is one of the architectural firms that was recommended by Glenn Thorstenson.  He commented that he was hoping to have John Vann from LandTech out at the meeting; however, he was not able to make it.  Instead, he emailed some information to review.  Director King will be meeting with him the following week.  Another architectural firm that is being considered for this project is ARC.  The commissioners were given information on this firm as well.  An architect should be selected and bid specs should be ready to go out in the next couple of weeks. 


President Pratl said that the general consensus with the Board was that they were very comfortable with LandTech and due to the fact that the next Board Meeting would not be until January 14, 2009; they would be willing to accept the Director’s recommendation, after his meeting with LandTech and Commissioner Lind, and do a phone poll for approval in order to get the bid specs out as soon as possible. 


The Board was given some information from the Illinois Department of Public Health regarding some clarification issues which was handled by Innovative Design.


Director King informed the Board of the IAPD Conference in January and asked that if anyone was interested in going, to let him know.


He reported that the Ring of Honor event went well.  They did a great job with the PayPerView and there were also people there from Direct TV.  Director King commented on the growth of the Ring of Honor Association and is pleased with the way the Park District has been able to grow with them.  There was some discussion regarding possibly getting other big-name wrestlers/companies to use our facilities.


Information was given to the Board from SRBL Architects regarding the proposed litigation against H.H. Holmes, Inc.  Director King had nothing to report on this matter.


Director King reported that they are looking into the current health insurance and doing some comparisons with Blue Cross/Blue Shield as well as some other options.  No changes will be made at this time. 


A letter was given to the Board regarding the intergovernmental agreement with School District 127 ½.  The Park District is still waiting for their attorney to draft the document.


He reported that Gayle Boettger and Joe Zalewski attended the PDRMA Risk Management Institute on December 5th.  The Board was also given a copy of the permit request for the Chicago Ridge Police Department’s “lock in” at Frontier for two nights.







Commissioner Crout asked Supervisor Zalewski to report on the tree lighting event.

Supervisor Zalewski commented that it went very well, they had 72 participants this year compared to 61 last year, some of who were not from the RAH program.  The judging for the house decorating contest will be this Friday, December 12.  There are 5 houses entered so far.  He reported on some upcoming events and trips that have been planned.



Commissioner Conrad reported that the staff is working indoors painting and cleaning.  He commented that they are looking to purchase a new floor scrubber. 


In regard to the Oxford building, he commented that they now have lights around it and the gates have been repaired.  The building is now secure and they have been parking some of the vehicles in the back. 


The floors in the bathrooms at Ball Fore are in the process of being redone.  They will also be working on the floors in the other facilities. 


They will be putting up some plastic covering on the walls in the Freedom kitchen and possibly in other areas where the walls are showing wear from the children in order to protect them from further damage. 


Commissioner Conrad commented that he would like to see some more work done to spruce up the Freedom Center. 



In the absence of Commissioner Lind, President Pratl commented that they will keep working on the Splash Pad Project as well as plans for the concession stand and rehab of the Oxford building.


Commissioner Crout brought up the concern of water-transmitted germs and that this should be addressed as plans are developed for the splash pad. 



There was no old business to discuss.



A motion to approve the 2008 Tax Levy – Ordinance #2008-07 was made by Commissioner Crout and seconded by Commissioner Hovel.

Roll Call

Ayes:               Commissioner Crout, Hovel, Conrad, Pratl

Nays:               None

Abstain:           None

Motion Carried.



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



A motion to adjourn at 7:36pm. was made by Commissioner Hovel 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 28th  day of   January, 2009.



_______Rob Lind________________


Chicago Ridge Park District    




Chicago Ridge Park District