January 13, 2010 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 February 2010 09:14



Regular Committee/Board Meeting of the

Board of Commissioners


January 13, 2010



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



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

 Also present was Director King.



Everyone participated in the Pledge of Allegiance.


President Pratl informed the Board that the Village Clerk and Fest Committee Chairman Chuck Tokar will be entering the meeting shortly.  He reminded the Board of his conversation with Mr. Tokar regarding the request to have concerts in the park and that he asked Mr. Tokar to present something in writing to the Board. The Board was given a letter of request for their review.



Mr. Tokar, entered the meeting at 7:02pm.  Mr. Tokar proceeded to present his request to the Board.  His presentation included the dates of the two proposed concerts, bands that would be playing as well as the ticket prices.  He commented that he would like to give the residents a reduced rate over non-residents ticket pricing.  Other issues covered were the fence that would need to be put up, the stage and placement of food/beverage vendors.  Although these events would be presented on a much smaller scale than the annual Ridge Fest (i.e. with fewer vendors and no carnival)  he is hoping to have maximum resident participation which would result in potential profit for the Village as well as the Park District.


President Pratl raised his concerns regarding the effect the concerts would have on the park as it is an integral part of the Park District’s summer programs.  Mr. Tokar commented that he does not see a problem as the fence would go up on Friday and come down on Sunday and that the majority of the park would still be available for the children.


Mr. Tokar commented that although there are peripheral issues to work out, he is confident that they will be.  The Board had no questions at this point and President Pratl said they would consider his request.  Mr. Tokar then exited the meeting.



Chair Report

Commissioner Crout commented that opening Ball Fore during spring break in March might not be a good idea if the weather is bad.  She suggested looking at the numbers from last year to determine if we should wait until April to open Ball Fore.  Director King said he would look into it. 


Commissioner Crout opened discussion of the requirements for the Recreation Supervisor.  Commissioner Pratl asked if she had any recommendations.  She commented that the person should oversee RAH and Tiny Tots, and should have knowledge of athletic programs.  As far as salary, she suggested offering a lower salary range that would be dependent on experience as this would be an entry level position and not the superintendent position.  Discussion ensued.  Director King commented that the person should also be involved in overseeing Ball Fore and the Lily Pad. 


Commissioner Conrad commented that he will give the Board information regarding picnic tables, etc., for Ball Fore and the Lily Pad at the next meeting.  Commissioner Pratl asked if we need any more umbrellas at the Lily Pad.  Director King said he would look into it.  Signs for Ball Fore were also discussed.


In regard to the Daddy/Daughter Date Night, President Pratl stated for the record that they will be soliciting bids from three local area establishments to cater this event.  Director King commented that they would like to give blankets to the girls and gym bags to the dads. The Board agreed.


In regard to the brochure, Director King commented that all the information in the brochure will be put on our web site.  He also commented that he is looking into getting registration forms available on our web site.  The spring/summer brochure should be out by the end of March. 


Director King reported that the concession prices at Frontier, Ball Fore and the Lily Pad will be changed to reflect a mild increase.


Commissioner Pratl opened discussion of the Salute to Ridge Kids event.   This event has grown to include not only residents, but friends and extended family members as well.  As the Park Distrist would like to continue showing appreciation to the residents for their involvement in Park District programs with this event, the Board discussed the possibility of using free tokens or wrist bands to identify residents and charging an entrance fee for non-residents.  Director King commented that this plan would need to be discussed soon as it will need to be included in the brochure and encouraged the Board to let him know if they have any further suggestions.


Director King reported that an inventory has been taken of the storage rooms and trailers and appropriate “house cleaning” is taking place.  In regard to the surplus equipment that we have, Director King said these will need to be sold.  He also commented that since none of the items are valued over $1,000 they can be sold without going to bid.  An in-house posting of these items will give Park District employees the first chance of buying the equipment.  After that, he suggested listing them for sale in the newspaper.


Director King informed the Board that the certification of persons required to file Statements of Economic Interest was filed and encouraged them to file their statements.


Director King informed the Board that they will be giving a donation to the Chicago Ridge PTA craft show.


Director King reported that the recycling efforts of the Park District have been going well, saving the district money as well as helping the environment.


In regard to the water bill issues with the Village, Director King commented that the Village is looking into it.  Discussion ensued.  Also an issue is the use of the meters.  Director King commented that the Village will now be installing and retrieving their own meters.



Chair Report

Commissioner Conrad reported that the staff is doing indoor work.  He commented that they will be looking to get a new maintenance foreman in the near future.



Chair Report

Commissioner Lind had nothing to report at this time. 



Chair Report

Commissioner Lind had nothing to report at this time.  There was some discussion regarding the Village’s request to use the park for their proposed summer Concerts in the Park events.  No decision was reached. 



There was no old business to discuss.



There was no new business to discuss.



There was no need to enter into Executive Session.



A motion to adjourn was made by Commissioner Crout and seconded by Commissioner Conrad at 8:29pm.  All in favor, aye.  Motion carried.



__________Rob Lind___________________

Rob Lind, Secretary

Chicago Ridge Park District



Approved by the Board of Commissioners on this 27th day of January, 2010.


________Rob Lind____________________


Chicago Ridge Park District



Chicago Ridge Park District