April 22, 2009 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 30 June 2009 10:25

Regular Meeting of the Board of Commissioners

CHICAGO RIDGE PARK DISTRICT

April 22, 2009

 

CALL TO ORDER

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

 

ROLL CALL

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

 

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 March 25, 2009 was made by Commissioner Conrad and seconded by Commissioner Crout.

Roll Call

Ayes:              Commissioner Crout, 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 April 8, 2009 was made by Commissioner Conrad and seconded by Commissioner Crout.

Roll Call

Ayes:              Commissioner Crout, Conrad, Pratl

Nays:              None

Abstain:         None

Motion Carried.

 

President Pratl complimented the staff on their timeliness for putting the Board minutes on line for public viewing.

 

PUBLIC/STAFF WISHING TO ADDRESS THE BOARD

Mrs. Schroeder, residing at 5849 W. 107th St. in Chicago Ridge, addressed the Board regarding the problem of dogs running loose in the ball fields.  She commented that she called the police twice who did respond, however, the problem still exists.  She expressed concern for the children who might be playing in the park.  She also commented that she saw no signs.  The Commissioners and Director King said that they appreciate her bringing this to their attention.  Director King commented that he had ordered some new signs and they should be up by next week.  The signs will say that animals should be leashed and cite the section numbers pursuant to the Village Ordinance.  He commented that years ago the Park District adopted the Village Ordinances and consequently, the police will come out when a complaint is made.  He further stated that he spoke with the Chief of Police who is aware of the problem.  The police officers will begin issuing tickets instead of warnings pursuant to the ordinance.  Commissioner Conrad encouraged Mrs. Schroeder to continue to call the police whenever she sees that a dog is unleashed in a public area. 

 

Commissioner Pratl said that with spring upon us and the fact that ball fields will be in full use, our own maintenance staff will be out there more often.  He also commented that instead of a private security firm, the Park District has an arrangement with the Police Department to provide security for the district’s parks.

 

Mrs. Shroeder thanked the Board for their time and exited the meeting.

 

FINANCE

Commissioner Crout made a motion to approve the March/April 2009 cash disbursements in the amount of $138,482.54.  It was seconded by Commissioner Conrad.

Roll Call:    

Ayes:              Commissioners Crout, Conrad, Pratl

Nays:              None

Abstain:         None                

Motion Carried.

 

President Pratl called for a motion to review and adopt the 2009-2010 preliminary budget and authorize Querrey & Harrow for publication.  Motion was made by Commissioner Crout and seconded by Commissioner Conrad.

Roll Call:

Ayes:              Commissioners Crout, Conrad, Pratl

Nays:              None

Abstain:         None

Motion Carried.

 

REPORTS

President:    

Commissioner Pratl commented that he and Director King had talked previously about the problem of dogs running unleashed in the parks.  He commented that he hopes with the increased presence of the maintenance staff in the parks it will not be as big of an issue and that it will be a deterrent to the people who let their dogs run unleashed.  He also said that the police department and the Code Enforcement Officer need to take a bigger role in this as the Park District employees are not law enforcement officers. 

 

He commented that he had a chance to go through the new concession building and commented on the progress thus far. 

 

He reminded the Board about the Baseball Association’s parade on Saturday.

Director King commented that they will have the pickup truck and the bus in the parade and if anyone was interested in being in the parade, they should let him know.

 

Attorney:

Attorney Stillman was not at the meeting.  No report was made.

 

Director:

In regard to the budget, Director King commented that he is looking to have the budget officially adopted at the May Board meeting.

 

In regard to the concession building, he commented that they began work, had some electric issues, but it was worked out.

 

In regard to the splash pad, he commented that they should be starting next week. 

 

Director King reported on the activities at Frontier Fieldhouse – Volleyball for Charity and Boys’ Volleyball.  He commented that Shimko added some hours which will mean longer staff hours for us.  From now until the end of June they will go until 9:00 on Sundays. 

 

Director King also reported that opening day for baseball is Saturday, April 25 beginning with the parade and after that, the Pitch, Hit, Run event.  That evening will be the Ring of Honor event at Frontier. 

 

He reported that the maintenance staff has been working on the fields.  The windscreen is up at Ball Fore.  Parking lot lines were done at Menard.  The new lawnmower was picked up and he commented that they got a good price on it.

 

In regard to training, some staff will be going to the PDRMA Risk Management Institute this week and some will be going to a Green Forum hosted by Moraine Valley College next week.

 

The Board was given information regarding the billboard.  Director King informed them that Attorney Byrne will be handling this matter.

 

The Board was given a letter from School District 127 ½  requesting the Park District to pick up their special education children for a special event.  Director King commented that we have done this in the past and it should not be a problem.

 

COMMITTEES:

Recreation: 

Commissioner Crout asked how the Easter activities went.  Recreation Supervisor Zalewski said it went well.  The children enjoyed the inflatables and face painting.  There were 190 children.  Commissioner Conrad suggested having prizes for all entries in the bonnet contest next year.

 

Supervisor Zalewski reported that they were up to 30 participants in T-ball.  There are 12 signed up for the Karate class, there are 12 signed up for the arts and crafts class, and there are 12 in the cheerleading class.  The only class that did not go was the Tap & Dance class.  He also reported that there are 14 in the Yoga class and 12 in the Magic Class. 

 

Commissioner Pratl asked about the Kite Fly event.  Supervisor Zalewski reported that it has been advertized in the newspaper.  Also, Ball Fore is now being advertized in the Our Lady of the Ridge bulletin.  Flyers were made up for the Sign Language class which is scheduled to start May 12.  The instructor will be invited to come in prior to class start to introduce the class to the RAH children and generate interest.

 

Supervisor Zalewski exited the meeting.

 

Maintenance:          

Commissioner Conrad reported that the maintenance staff is doing a good job at Frontier keeping it neat and clean.

 

The staff has been using the new lawnmower.  He also reported that he is meeting with a gentleman on Friday regarding a new floor scrubber.  He will have more information for the Board at the next meeting.

 

Director King suggested that they begin thinking about redoing the floor at Frontier as there are significant cracks and gouges in it.

 

Special Projects: 

Commissioner Lind was not at the meeting.  Commissioner Conrad commented that he talked with Commissioner Pratl earlier and mentioned that the phone line needed to be moved at the new concession building.  Commissioner Pratl thanked him for the reminder and it will be looked into.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

There was no old business to discuss.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

There was no new business to discuss.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

President Pratl called for a motion to enter into Executive Session to discuss the employment of specific employees at 8:35pm on April 22, 2009.  Motion was made by Commissioner Conrad and seconded by Commissioner Crout.  All in favor, aye.  Motion carried.

 

OPEN SESSION:

President Pratl called the Open Session to order at 8:44pm.

Roll Call: 

The following Commissioners were present:  Commissioners Crout, Conrad, Pratl.  Also present was Director King

 

Action taken on Executive Session:

President Pratl called for a motion to promote Andrew Laxton to the position of Foreman at the agreed upon wage discussed in closed session.  Motion was made by Commissioner Crout and seconded by Commissioner Conrad.

Roll Call:

Ayes:              Commissioner Crout, Conrad, Pratl

Nays:              None

Abstain:         None

Motion Carried.

 

ADJOURN

A motion to adjourn at 8:45pm was made by Commissioner Conrad and seconded by Commissioner Crout.

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 June, 2009.

 

 

_____Rob Lind__________________

Secretary

Chicago Ridge Park District    

 

 

 

 

 

 
Chicago Ridge Park District