September 9, 2009 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 September 2009 12:24



Regular Committee/Board Meeting of the

Board of Commissioners


September 9, 2009



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



The following commissioners were present:  Commissioners Crout, Conrad, Pratl.

Commissioner Hovel was absent with notice; Commissioner Lind was absent, en route.  Also present were Director King and Maintenance Foreman Andrew Laxton.



Everyone participated in the Pledge of Allegiance.



There was no one to address the Board.



Chair Report

Commissioner Crout asked Director King to report on the numbers for RAH.


Director’s Report

Director King reported that they have 84 signed up.  He further reported that they have a concern with the transportation of the children at the Kolb and Simmons schools.


**Commissioner Lind entered the meeting at 8:02pm**


He commented that these schools are not in the direct route for pick up and that the number of registered children is so low that it is not practical at this point to utilize the bus, a bus driver and counselor for this service.  He commented that it may be necessary to have the parents make arrangements for the children to be dropped off at the Freedom facility. 


Director King also reported on a request he received to admit a non-speaking autistic child into the RAH program.  He reported that he met with the Oak Lawn Special Recreation personnel, and they will make a recommendation regarding training staff and evaluating the child in approximately two weeks.


Commissioner Pratl stated that the Board would review the situation with the Kolb and Simmons schools and have a recommendation by next meeting.


Commissioner Crout asked about the brochure.  Director King reported that he received the proof but that a flyer will be going out to advertise the classes and programs coming up. 


Commissioner Pratl asked about the interviews for the Recreation Supervisor position.  Director King commented that he had talked to a couple of people over the phone and will set up personal interviews the following week.


Director King commented that they split up the classes for Tiny Tots and reported on the number of children signed up for other classes as well.


Commissioner Pratl commented on the good selection of classes being offered and expressed his regret at not being able to sign his children up for all of them.



Chair Report

Commissioner Conrad reported that the staff completed the major tiling project and everything looks good.  The next project they are working on is the landscaping.  He also commented that they are looking into the situation with the gutters at Frontier and is hoping to have more information for the next meeting.  He then turned the floor over to Andrew Laxton for his report.


Foreman’s Report

Mr. Laxton reported that he has gone through the check list, step by step, for the closing of the Lily Pad facility and feels confident that it will go well; however, he will not be doing the actual closing for a couple of weeks until the issue with the knocking in the water line is resolved.


Commissioner Conrad asked if he had been in contact with George’s Landscaping regarding the sealing of the concrete.  Mr. Laxton said that he had not but that Director King had.  Director King said that tentatively, the sealing will be done at the end of September, but that the issues with the knocking and vents need to be addressed before the closing and subsequent concrete sealing is done. 


In regard to the work on the ball fields that needs to be done, Director King reported that he had not received any information from George’s Landscaping as of yet.  Discussion ensued.  Commissioner Pratl recommended contacting Jim Walsh from Sportsfields, Inc. or some other contractor to get going on this project.  Discussion ensued regarding the work to be done.


Director King reported that the new cubicles for the closets were in and will be installed as well as hooks for coats.


Also on the agenda for the Maintenance Department is re-striping the parking lot.


The Board was given pictures of new floor mats that will be ordered for Freedom.  Discussion ensued.


The Board thanked Mr. Laxton for his report.  He then exited the meeting.






Chair Report

Commissioner Hovel was not at the meeting.  President Pratl commented on the revenue reports for Ball Fore and Lily Pad saying that in spite of the amount of weather-related closings, the report looks good. 


Director King informed the Board about a request he had from someone who was looking to rent the entire Ball Fore facility, closing it to the public, from 12-4pm for a child’s birthday party.  He commented that they are working on setting a rental figure for this event.


Director King gave the Board the labor and materials list for the Ridge Fest cleanup.  The Village of Chicago Ridge will be billed for these expenses. Commissioner Conrad asked about the repair of the water fountain and the grill.  Director King commented that they were fixed and operational. 


In regard to the audit, Director King commented that they are working on it, but he has not heard anything yet.  He also commented that the auditors know that the deadline is the end of October. 


President Pratl informed the Board that they will be moving the Regular Committee/Board Meeting of the Board of Commissioners scheduled for Wednesday, October 14 to Wednesday, October 7, 2009 due to two of the Commissioners and the Director attending the NRPA Conference in Salt Lake City.  He further stated that Daryl Davidson and Lee Phillips have been working on the bond and it should be ready to be taken care of at that meeting.  Director King asked if they wanted to move the meeting time to 7:00pm beginning with the October Meeting.  Discussion ensued.  It was agreed to leave the meeting time at 8:00pm through October.



Chair Report

Commissioner Lind had nothing to report at this time. 


Commissioner Pratl commented that the car show is scheduled for this Sunday.  He also commented that the dedication for the Lily Pad is scheduled for Saturday, September 19 at 12:00pm.  



President Pratl informed the Board that School District 1271/2 had been working to approve the Intergovernmental Agreements at their Board meeting, but had not contacted Attorney Stillman as to whether or not it was approved.  No action could be taken on them at this time.



There was no new business at this time.



President Pratl called for a motion to enter into Executive Session at 8:54pm to discuss the employment of specific employee(s) and imminent/pending litigation.  Motion was made by Commissioner Lind and seconded by Commissioner Conrad.

Roll Call:

Ayes:              Commissioner Crout, Lind, Conrad, Pratl

Nays:              None

Abstain:         None

Motion Carried.



President Pratl called the session to order on September 9, 2009 at 9:13pm.

Roll Call: 

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


No action was taken on Executive Session items.



A motion to adjourn was made by Commissioner Conrad and seconded by Commissioner Crout at 9:14pm.  All in favor, aye.  Motion carried.



_____Rob Lind________________________

Rob Lind, Secretary

Chicago Ridge Park District



Approved by the Board of Commissioners on this 23rd day of September, 2009.


_______Rob Lind______________________


Chicago Ridge Park District




Chicago Ridge Park District