June 24, 2009 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 28 July 2009 10:20

Regular Meeting of the Board of Commissioners

CHICAGO RIDGE PARK DISTRICT

June 24, 2009

 

CALL TO ORDER

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

 

ROLL CALL

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

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Everyone joined in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

President Pratl called for a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Board meeting of the Board of Commissioners dated April 22, 2009.  Motion was made by Commissioner Crout and seconded by Commissioner Conrad.

Roll Call:

Ayes:              Commissioner Crout, Conrad, Pratl

Nays:              None

Abstain:         Commissioner Hovel

Motion carried.

 

President Pratl called for a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Committee meeting of the Board of Commissioners dated May 13, 2009.  Motion was made by Commissioner Conrad and seconded by Commissioner Hovel.

Roll Call:

Ayes:              Commissioner Hovel, Conrad, Pratl

Nays:              None

Abstain:         Commissioner Crout

Motion carried.

 

President Pratl called for a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Board meeting of the Board of Commissioners dated May 27, 2009.  Motion was made by Commissioner Crout and seconded by Commissioner Conrad.

Roll Call:

Ayes:              Commissioner Crout, Conrad, Pratl

Nays:              None

Abstain:         Commissioner Hovel

Motion carried.

 

President Pratl called for a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Committee meeting of the Board of Commissioners dated June 10, 2009, with correction to the Roll Call.  Motion was made by Commissioner Conrad and seconded by Commissioner Crout.

Roll Call:

Ayes:              Commissioner Crout, Hovel, Conrad, Pratl

Nays:              None

Abstain:         None

Motion Carried.        

 

PUBLIC/STAFF WISHING TO ADDRESS THE BOARD

President Pratl addressed Chief Balderman and, on behalf of the Board, thanked him for all the time the Police Department has put in to protect the Park District.  He commented that people are aware of their presence and the damage to the parks has decreased.  He also stated that it is a great comfort to know that the officers are there and that the children as well as the parks are safe.  Chief Balderman reciprocated the compliment and stated that the Park District has done just as much, if not more, for the Police Department, citing their recent involvement with the Hoops for Troops charity event and said they are very grateful for all that the Park District does for them.  He also said that the Commissioner’s pride in their Park District and community was very evident.

 

President Pratl gave the floor to the Commissioners for their individual expressions of thanks to Chief Balderman and the Chicago Ridge Police Department. 

 

In his last comment, Chief Balderman said that upon bringing a young boy in town to the batting cage at Ball Fore, he found the staff, who initially did not know who he was, extremely courteous and friendly and commented that it reflected the good leadership within the Park District. 

 

President Pratl then presented Chief Balderman with a plaque and a donation to the Chicago Ridge Police Department.

 

Chief Balderman exited the meeting.

 

Commissioner Pratl brought up the possibility of giving the Police Department some batting cage tokens and/or golf certificates.  The Board agreed.

 

The Superintendent of Public Works, Jack Lind, did not come to the meeting as expected.

 

FINANCE

Commissioner Hovel made a motion to approve the May/June cash disburse-

ments in the amount of $291,197.78.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Conrad.

Roll Call:    

Ayes:              Commissioners Crout, Hovel, Conrad, Pratl

Nays:              None

Abstain:         None                

Motion Carried.

REPORTS

President:    

Commissioner Pratl commented that there are several concerns with the splash pad which are being addressed.  Tentative date for grand opening is still July 4. 

 

He also commented that the Ball Fore revenue was outstanding considering the weather. 

 

Attorney:

Attorney Stillman was not at the meeting, however, President Pratl commented on the correspondence from Attorney Stillman which was given to the Board concerning the pending litigation before the Board saying that it is something that they previously agreed they would do and that it will be discussed at the next meeting. 

 

Director:

Director King acknowledged Jim Clumpner’s presence at the meeting and gave the Board a brief run down of his report before giving the floor to Mr. Clumpner.

 

Director King reported that he had some staff interviews which he will discuss later.  Staff evaluations will also be discussed at the next meeting due to the full agenda. 

 

In regard to the US Open, he reported that there are 15 currently registered for this event.  He commented that Andy Richter from the Conan O’Brien show is interested in participating which will be extra publicity for the Park District.  WGN may be coming out.  The Board was given information that was mailed to the prospective registrants.  He complimented Gayle Boettger for the good job she did putting it together. 

 

In regard to Frontier, Director King reported that Day Camp has been utilizing this facility due to the rainy weather as well as the extreme hot weather.  He also reported that Shimko basketball is utilizing the facility as well as the Police Department basketball and a few other rentals.  Saturday, June 27, will be the Ring of Honor wrestling event at Frontier with Rick Flair. 

 

Director King reported that the maintenance staff is doing a good job, especially keeping up with the grass, despite the weather.  Fields look good.  He commented that they are helping the community with all of the rentals of tents, tables and chairs. 

 

Director King recommended raising the Teen Center rental deposit to $100 in hopes that the renters will choose to clean up instead of losing their deposit.

 

Director King reported that they currently have 208 children signed up for Day Camp.  He commented that this is an indication that we have an excellent program and a great staff.  The Oak Lawn pool manager had two compliments for our staff on their first day at the pool.  They said that we had the best behaved camp and the largest camp there, and the staff understood and did well with the training.  The staff is also doing CPR training.

 

The retirement part for Helen Brunett and Pam Debelak has been set for Wednesday, July 15.  Details will need to be discussed. 

 

Director King reported that the Salute to Ridge Kids event is set for July 12.  Also on that day will be the US Open at Ball Fore and the opening of the splash pad. 

 

In regard to the lighting upgrade, Director King commented that two companies came out to give their proposals and recommended that they discuss this at the next meeting.

 

The Movie in the Park event was relocated to the Frontier Fieldhouse.  Flyers were given to the Day Camp children with this notice.

 

The Board was given information from Cynthia Garcia regarding the potential purchase of the building at the end of Oxford.  President Pratl suggested waiting on this until after the big weekend of the 12th at which time they can schedule a meeting with her to see the building.   Everyone agreed.

 

COMMITTEES:

Recreation: 

Commissioner Crout had nothing to report at this time.

 

Maintenance:

Commissioner Conrad commented that the staff is doing a good job.  He also commented that they have all the proper equipment they need at this time.  He said that they are short on maintenance staff and reported that he, Commissioner Hovel and Director King had interviews with a couple of applicants.  He commented that one applicant, Mr. Tom Cicek, lives in Chicago Ridge, and based on their interview felt that he was a good candidate.  Commissioner Conrad commented that he would like to make a motion to hire Tom Sedak as a full time maintenance person. 

 

President Pratl said that the motion was not an Agenda item and was reluctant to call for the motion.  Director King said he would contact Attorney Stillman to see if a phone poll could be done instead. 

 

Commissioner Pratl also commented that the staff is doing an outstanding job.  Commissioner Conrad responded that Andrew Laxton is really set in his position, is learning every day and is doing a great job in the Maintenance Department.

 

 

 

 

Special Projects: 

In the absence of Commissioner Lind, President Pratl gave the floor to Director King who in turn gave the floor to Jim Clumpner from ARC Architects for an update on the concession stand. 

 

Mr. Clumpner reported on power issues and is hoping ComEd will be out Friday or Monday.  He also reported on the problem of getting the heating and air-conditioning unit on time.  He commented that there are two solutions – one would be to get a residential unit instead of the commercial unit and the second one would be to get a used unit in the interim until the new one is ready, however, it would cost the Park District $1,600.  Commissioner Conrad commented that in his opinion, $1,600 was too much money for a temporary unit and that a residential unit would be more than adequate for the building.  Commissioner Pratl asked Commissioner Conrad if he was making a recommendation to change the unit.  He said yes.  Commissioner Pratl asked Mr. Clumpner for his opinion.  Mr. Clumpner said he would do whatever the Board wanted him to do.  He also said he could go back and see if he could get a more reasonable price on the used unit or he could cancel the ordered unit if they wanted, although in his opinion, this unit would be better for the building in the long run.  Mr. Clumpner said he would contact Director King the following day as to what he could do. 

 

Director King then asked Mr. Clumpner about the window.  There are some changes that need to be made and he will contact Director King the following day to go over the specifics.  Also discussed was the placement of the gear box and the broken window.  Mr. Clumpner commented that with the exception of a few things, the inside is ready to go. 

 

The Board thanked Mr. Clumper for coming out.  Mr. Clumpner then exited the meeting.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

There was no old business to discuss at this time. 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

President Pratl informed the Board that Attorney Stillman recommended that he, as Board President, be the appointed FOIA officer.  President Pratl then called for a motion to appoint himself as the FOIA officer.  Motion was made by Commissioner Crout to appoint Rob Pratl as FOIA Officer as designated by Senate Bill 189.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Conrad.

Roll Call:

Ayes:              Commissioners Crout, Hovel, Conrad

Nays:              None

Abstain:         Commissioner Pratl

Motion Carried.

 

President Pratl commented that he agreed with the recommendation to raise the Teen Center rental deposit and called for a motion to raise the Teen Center rental deposit from $25.00 to $100.00, effective July 1, 2009.  Motion was made by Commissioner Conrad and seconded by Commissioner Crout.

Roll Call:

Ayes:              Commissioner Crout, Hovel, Conrad, Pratl

Nays:              None

Abstain:         None

Motion Carried.

 

President Pratl called for a motion to adopt the Prevailing Wage Ordinance #2009-04.  Motion was made by Commissioner Crout and seconded by Commissioner Hovel.

Roll Call:

Ayes:              Commissioner Crout, Hovel, Conrad, Pratl

Nays:              None

Abstain:         None

Motion Carried.

 

President Pratl called for a motion to adopt Resolution #2009-05 authorizing Querrey & Harrow, Ltd. to intervene on behalf of the Chicago Ridge Park District in the commercial property tax appeal of Carson Pirie Scott & Company – Chicago Ridge.  Motion was made by Commissioner Crout and seconded by Commissioner Hovel.

Roll Call:

Ayes:              Commissioner Crout, Hovel, Conrad, Pratl

Nays:              None

Abstain:         None

Motion Carried.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

There was no need for Executive Session.

 

ADJOURN

A motion to adjourn at 7:55pm 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 22nd day of  July, 2009.

______Rob Lind________________

Secretary

Chicago Ridge Park District    

 
Chicago Ridge Park District