March 25, 2009 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 April 2009 12:04

Regular Meeting of the Board of Commissioners


March 25, 2009



President Pratl called the meeting to order at 7:02 pm.



The following Commissioners were present:   Crout, Hovel, Lind, Conrad and Pratl.    Also present were Director King, Attorney Stillman, Village Clerk Chuck Tokar and Recreation Supervisor Joe Zalewski.



Everyone joined in the Pledge of Allegiance.



A motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting dated February 25, 2009 was made by Commissioner Crout and seconded by Commissioner Hovel.

Roll Call

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

Nays:              None

Abstain:         None

Motion Carried.


A motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Committee Meeting of the Board of Commissioners dated March 11, 2009 was made by Commissioner Conrad and seconded by Commissioner Crout.

Roll Call

Ayes:              Commissioner Crout, Hovel, Conrad, Pratl

Nays:              None

Abstain:         Commissioner Lind

Motion Carried.



President Pratl introduced Village Clerk and Fest Chairman Chuck Tokar.  President Pratl informed Mr. Tokar that there may be some concerns for the Ridge Fest event with the new splash pad going in regarding power access, fencing, etc.  Mr. Tokar did not see a problem with this and asked if the construction fence would be in the way of the entrance.  Mr. King commented that the construction would be done by then.  


Mr. Tokar commented that the Fest will be pretty much the same as last year.  They are working on developing a more secure type of pass in order to eliminate the illegal reproduction of the Fest pass; however, they will still maintain VIP passes for the Village Trustees as well as the Park District Commissioners.  


Director King commented that this year’s permit request did not include an addendum and it was agreed to attach last year’s addendum to this year’s permit request. 


Commissioner Lind suggested having an officer guard the splash pad to keep people from throwing anything over the fence.  Director King said that he has been working with Jack Lind regarding the temporary fence and it should be far enough away from the splash pad to deter any vandalism or debris being thrown into it. 


Mr. Tokar expressed concern about fireworks and whether the Park District would be using any fabric shade materials in the splash pad.  Director King said that they were looking into shade materials but would probably be using portable ones that could be taken down if need be.


Mr. Tokar asked the Board why the splash pad was so far back on the property instead of showcased in the front.   Commissioner Lind said that it was more cost effective, they needed to keep the parking in the front and, although it will be partly visible from the street, they felt that the residents would prefer privacy while enjoying the splash pad.


The addendum was attached to this year’s permit request and it was approved and signed.



Commissioner Hovel made a motion to approve the February/March 2009 cash disbursements in the amount of $88,798.99.  It was seconded by Commissioner Lind.

Roll Call:    

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

Nays:              None

Abstain:         None                

Motion Carried.


Commissioner Pratl called for a motion to approve Ordinace #2009-01.  An Ordinance abating the tax heretofore levied for the year 2008 to pay debt service on General Obligation Park Bonds (alternate Revenue Source), Series 2006 of the Chicago Ridge Park District, Cook County, Illinois.  Motion was made by Commissioner Lind and seconded by Commissioner Conrad.

Roll Call:

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

Nays:              None

Abstain:         None

Motion Carried

Attorney Stillman commented that the entire Ordinance had been read by the Board Secretary in his hearing.




Commissioner Pratl reported that they are in a holding pattern on the concession stand.  They expect new drawings on Thursday, the day after the meeting.  Everything is still on schedule and moving along.  George’s Landscaping is looking to break ground the week of April 6.  Director King commented that the bid notice should be in the paper on Thursday, March 26th as well.  They will open the bids on the 6th of April and award on the 8th. 



Attorney Stillman reported on the issue of former employee, Joe Hruska.  The Board was given correspondence regarding the law suits filed by Mr. Hruska against the Village of Chicago Ridge, Metra and the Chicago Ridge Park District.  Attorney Stillman is not involved with these cases.  The issue that he handled was concerning Mr. Hruska’s employment.  Mr. Hruska has not filed suit in this matter.  Director King commented that in regard to the law suit alleging racial discrimination, he spent over two hours that afternoon going over information with an attorney from PDRMA and said that the Park District will be seeing more on this.  Attorney Stillman commented that the fees for this will be paid for by PDRMA. 


Attorney Stillman exited the meeting after his report.



Director King reported that he and Commissioner Conrad are still looking into the shade ports.  In the meantime, he reported that the maintenance staff put holes in some existing tables to accommodate umbrellas from Pepsi.  He expects George’s landscaping to be close to their target date of April 6 since they have already put in for payment on the project.  He reported that he met with the building commissioner along with the plumbing and electrical inspectors.  John Vann will be dropping off the plans on Thursday.  One concern with the Village was the storm sewer which runs directly under the building.  A solution was devised that was agreeable to everyone. 


Director King informed the Board of some of the difficulties in having two different companies handling the two projects - splash pad and concession building but he also commented that things are moving along.


Director King reported that the maintenance staff is fully utilizing the Oxford building as their new maintenance building.  Plans to renovate this building will wait until the splash pad and concession building are done.


Ball Fore was open on Saturday, March 21st.   Veteran managers Joe Zalewski and Gayle Boettger started it off.  Next meeting the Board will receive a comparison of the revenue of the first two opening weeks of last year and the first two opening weeks of this year.  Director King reported that the revenue on Sunday had doubled from the previous day.   The facility looked good for the opening.


The Board was given a permit request for the Our Lady of the Ridge Youth Ministry for their review.  The Board was also informed that the permit for the charity event between the Chicago Ridge Police Department and the Worth Police Department is set.  Director King met with them and agreed to help them out with score keepers and concession.  He also commented that he received a call from Comcast Cable who wanted to tape the event.




Commissioner Crout commented that she liked the report that was submitted by Supervisor Zalewski and the quiz that was given to the counselors to check their knowledge of the Park District’s RAH newsletter.  Supervisor Zalewski reported that the counselors will be tested again on the contents of the new spring/summer brochure. 

He also commented that due to spring break’s longer RAH hours; he is working on introducing the kids to some of the other classes that are being offered in hopes of raising participation in these classes.


Commissioner Crout asked about the numbers for the full day of RAH during the spring break.  Supervisor Zalewski reported that they are getting about 35-40 kids per day which is down from last year.


Commissioner Crout asked about a child in the Youth Sports Class who has an issue with hitting other children.  Supervisor Zalewski reported that he spoke with the child’s aunt concerning the matter.  The child did not attend class the following week.


Supervisor Zalewski reported that the Fitness Center has received some increased activity due to the $25.00 off a new membership advertised in the brochure.  He reported that this will also be advertised in the paper and at Fairplay.  Some current members are complaining that they did not receive the $25.00 off their membership; however, Supervisor Zalewski assured them that they are still getting the best rates around for a fitness center.  Commissioner Crout asked if we offered any type of “student” rate for summer.  Supervisor Zalewski said no, but that they would be offering a 3-month membership instead. 


Commissioner Lind asked about Leo Hernandez who was reported to be weak and pale at the park.  Supervisor Zalewski spoke to his mother about it.  She was not aware of any problem.  The child was fine the next day.


Supervisor Zalewski exited the meeting.



Commissioner Conrad commented that in regard to Ball Fore, the issues with the batting cages that they had were taken care of immediately by our staff.  A switch, sensor and ramps were fixed.  Director King responded that all of the maintenance staff is now familiar with the system and can identify and correct most issues that may pop up.


Commissioner Conrad said he would like to have the entire maintenance staff just as familiar with the splash pad facility. 

Commissioner Pratl asked about the signs.  Commissioner Conrad reported that he contacted the representative, they have been talking back and forth and he needs to send in some digital pictures of the location.  He will be in contact with them again in about a week or two.  Commissioner Crout asked about getting a sign for the new maintenance building.  This will be done in the future when the building is redone; however, a temporary sign may be put up.


Commissioner Pratl commented that he walked the course at Ball Fore and it looked well maintained.  He also tested the batting cage and it was working well, and he found the service at the concession to be outstanding.


Commissioner Conrad reported that they are planning to have picnic tables with umbrellas out in the front of Ball Fore.


Special Projects: 

Commissioner Lind inquired about the Movie in the Park event.  He commented that he had some prices on inflatable screens; however it was decided to discuss this further at the next meeting.



Director King suggested meeting at 7:00pm prior to the regularly scheduled Committee Meeting at 8:00pm to discuss particulars regarding several items that need attention such as; employee evaluations, splash pad prices and hours, bids, plans, etc.  Commissioner Crout said she would contact other area districts who have splash pads and get their splash pad guidelines for comparison. 



There was no new business to discuss.



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



A motion to adjourn at 8:02pm was made by Commissioner Crout and seconded by Commissioner Lind.

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  22nd day of  April, 2009.


________Rob Lind_______________


Chicago Ridge Park District    



Chicago Ridge Park District