March 24, 2010 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 May 2010 10:15

Regular Meeting of the Board of Commissioners

CHICAGO RIDGE PARK DISTRICT

March 24, 2010

 

CALL TO ORDER

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

 

ROLL CALL

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

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Everyone joined in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

PUBLIC/STAFF WISHING TO ADDRESS THE BOARD

There was no one to address the Board.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

President Pratl called for a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of the Board of Commissioners of February 24, 2010.  Motion was made by Commissioner Crout and seconded by Commissioner Conrad

Roll Call

Ayes:              Commissioner Crout, Conrad, Pratl

Nays:              None

Abstain:         Commissioner Lind

Motion Carried.

 

President Pratl called for a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Committee Meeting of the Board of Commissioners dated March 10, 2010.  Motion was made by Commissioner Crout and seconded by Commissioner Conrad.

Roll Call

Ayes:              Commissioner Crout, Lind, Conrad, Pratl

Nays:              None

Abstain:         None

Motion carried.

 

FINANCE

Commissioner Lind made a motion to approve the February/March cash disbursements in the amount of $82,435.66.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Conrad.

 

Roll Call:    

Ayes:              Commissioners Crout, Lind, Conrad, Pratl

Nays:              None

Abstain:         None 

Motion Carried.

REPORTS

President:    

President Pratl informed the Board that there was a Fest committee meeting the previous night.  He also stated that he spoke with the Fest Committee Chairman and they came to an agreement without an exact dollar amount.  The donation to the Chicago Ridge Park District will be equal to the highest donation given out by the Fest Committee.  Discussion ensued.  The Board was in agreement.

 

President Pratl commented that he took his children for their first round of mini-golf for this year and stated that “the course looks phenomenal and the facility looks spotless” and that they are ready for business.

 

Attorney:

President Pratl informed the Board that he spoke with Attorney Stillman and did not see any reason for him to be at this meeting.

 

Director:

Director King commented that because of the weather over the weekend, Ball Fore was not opened until Monday.  Commissioner Conrad further reported that the net over the batting cages was torn, but the staff has fixed it along with replacing the worn out rope throughout the golf course.  Director King reported on some of the other aesthetic issues that may need to be addressed in the future, i.e. faded carpet, faded wood and the concrete in the pond areas.  He further reported that maintenance is working on making score card stands for the course. 

 

In regard to Freedom Center, Director King reported that there is a problem with the rooftop heating unit that is over the activity area which will need to be replaced.  There is also a problem with the unit that previously had the circuit board replaced which now requires that the whole unit be replaced.  Commissioner Conrad expanded on the report stating that they will be putting in a 5 ton unit over the kitchen area and a 6.25 ton over the activity area.  He suggested putting digital thermostats in the building for better efficiency.  The Board agreed.

 

Director King informed the Board that Clear Channel will be setting up a meeting with the Village of Worth regarding the raising of the billboard and that they want the Board to be at the meeting. 

 

The Easter Egg Hunt event is scheduled for Saturday, March 27, with basket deliveries afterward. 

 

Maintenance has been working on the fields which will be ready for the first game on Friday, March 26.  Commissioner Lind asked about Richard’s using the field on Thursday night.  Director King said he would look into it.

 

 

The Board was given a letter from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources which commended the Park District on their compliance with the on-going OSLA/OSLAD regulatory requirements for grant monies they received for the Ball Fore project.

 

Director King informed the Board that he is working with a company looking to have a morning baseball camp and is waiting for their response in regard to the price for using our fields.

 

In regard to the Tiny Tot program, Director King reported that they are busy with plans for the prom and graduation.  Commissioner Pratl commented that Coni Ryan and staff are doing a great job.  They are also getting ready for play camp for summer.

 

The Board agreed to move the Board meetings to 8:00pm beginning with the April 14th meeting.

 

The Board was given preliminary drawings of the new themed picnic tables for the Lily Pad for their review.  Director King commented that there is a concern with the size of the tables.  He is working with the company to scale them down.

The picnic tables for Ball Fore have been ordered and should be here in a few weeks.

 

COMMITTEES:

Recreation: 

Commissioner Crout asked if there were any inquiries regarding the softball league.  Director King said there were not.

 

Commissioner Crout informed the Board that she and Director King have been discussing staff issues.  She commented that they are looking in house to fill Ball Fore and Lily Pad supervisor positions.  Director King commented that they have 3 people interested and will be interviewing them.  Commissioner Pratl asked when the Lily Pad would be opened.  Director King said it will be opened Memorial Day weekend. 

 

Maintenance:

Commissioner Conrad’s comments have been previously stated, however, he did reiterate that the staff did a good job on the new netting and replacing of the rope around the course.

 

The Board was given a copy of an incident report from the Chicago Ridge Police Department.  Commissioner Pratl commented that the police will begin officially policing the parks beginning Monday, April 5.

 

In regard to a maintenance supervisor, Commissioner Pratl commented that this will need to be discussed at the next meeting before the spring/summer season is in full swing. 

Special Projects: 

Commissioner Lind asked about the plans for the Salute to Ridge Kids event in regard to wrist bands, etc.  Commissioner Pratl said he would like to keep the event free for the residents, but was in favor of charging a fee for non-residents.  Director King commented that they should bring their ideas to the next committee meeting for finalization of these plans.

 

Commissioner Lind asked for the flyer for the Pitch, Hit and Run event.  Director King said he would get him one.

 

Commissioner Pratl asked about the Kite Fly event.  Director King said the date was set, but further plans will be made after the Easter events.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

President Pratl informed the Board that he will contact the Fest chairman and let him know that the Board is in agreement regarding the donation.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

In view of the incident that happened at Freedom Park, Commissioner Lind asked about a wireless camera at Freedom and Lily Pad.  Director King said that we do have a camera but would look into whether it would be feasible to add more.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

There was no need for Executive Session.

 

ADJOURN

A motion to adjourn at 7:47pm was made by Commissioner Crout 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 12th day of May, 2010.

 

 

_____Rob Lind________________

Secretary

Chicago Ridge Park District    

 

 

 
Chicago Ridge Park District