May 12, 2010 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 June 2010 10:07

Combined Committee/Regular Meeting of the Board of Commissioners


May 12, 2010



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



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



Everyone joined in the Pledge of Allegiance.



There was no one to address the Board.



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

Roll Call

Ayes:              Commissioner Crout, Lind, 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 April 14, 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.



Commissioner Lind made a motion to approve the March/April cash disbursements in the amount of $75,374.55.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Conrad.


Roll Call:    

Ayes:              Commissioners Crout, Lind, Conrad, Pratl

Nays:              None

Abstain:         None 

Motion Carried.

President Pratl noted for the record that a legal notice was published stating that the preliminary budget for fiscal year 2010-2011 is available to be viewed by the public.


The Board was given a letter from Standard & Poor’s regarding the Park District’s bond rating.  The Park District was given an “A” rating.




Commissioner Pratl complimented the maintenance staff on the excellent condition of the fields for baseball’s opening day.  He also complimented the staff on the Kite Fly event.  Even though it was not the best weather, the staff was there and it was a good event.  He stated that he is looking forward to the Tiny Tot prom and graduation and he thanked Richard’s High School for the use of their Little Theater for the graduation ceremony.  He further stated that he has heard many compliments regarding the Tiny Tot program and complimented Coni Ryan and staff for their excellent work.


Commissioner Pratl commented that he talked with Attorney Stillman who did not feel his presence was needed at this meeting.  He further stated that while action in the way of a motion is not needed, Freedom of Information Act officers will need to be appointed.  Director King informed the Board of his recommendation to appoint Tillie Grimberg, Karen Truesdale and himself as FOIA officers.  The Board had no objection.



Attorney Stillman was not at the meeting.



Director King reported on several special events.  Ring of Honor put on a great show and everyone had a great time.  Those who participated in the Mother/Son Bowling event had a good time and there were approximately 64 people who attended the Senior Luncheon.  Give aways were handed out at each event.

Director King complimented the staff, specifically mentioning Jody Murphy, Chris Madjecki and Gayle Boettger, for their excellent work.


In regard to Ball Fore, Director King reported that while activity is dependent on the weather, it is doing well.  The batting cages are constantly busy.  There is an issue with the Worth baseball participants parking in the Ball Fore lot and not leaving room for Ball Fore patrons.  No action will be taken at this time.  The situation will continue to be monitored.  Director King informed the Board that the new picnic tables for Ball Fore are in.  The tables for the Lily Pad should be in by the opening.


The Board was given permit requests for their review. 


New park signs have been ordered and will be put up throughout the parks. 

Director King reported that the maintenance staff is doing a good job keeping up with the grass cutting and fields as well as keeping up with the building maintenance with all of the special events that have been going on.


The Board was given copies of news articles for their information – one of which was regarding the Ring of Honor event at Frontier Fieldhouse. 


Director King commented on the Go Green Summary prepared by Tillie Grimberg and complimented her on her work in this area.  Commissioner Crout also complimented Gayle Boettger and Tillie Grimberg on the web site with the Go Green Kids Page and the new on-line registration format.


Contracts from Clowning Around Entertainment for the Salute to Ridge Kids event were given to the Board for their review.  Director King encouraged them to let him know if there was anything they would like to see added to the lineup of activities.


Director King informed the Board that a school bus was provided to the Chicago Ridge School District 127 ½ for a field trip to the Chicago Ridge Fire Department.


In regard to the leak at Freedom Park, Director King informed the Board that initially it had been fixed; however, another leak presented itself.  The Village is working on getting this fixed.  The Board was given a breakdown of bills for the water fountain that were paid in good faith.  Director King stated that he will be looking for some kind of restitution since the leak did not involve the Park District’s water fountain.


Commissioner Conrad complimented Director King on his work with the concessions for the Ring of Honor event. 




Commissioner Crout had nothing to report at this time.  Commissioner Pratl asked Director King for preliminary numbers for Day Camp.  Director King reported that they currently have 28 residents and 5 non residents signed up.  He also reported that there are 36 out of 40 counselors who are returning this year.


Commissioner Lind asked about the summer brochure.  Director King commented that it should be going out within a couple of weeks, before the end of the school year.



Commissioner Conrad commented that the staff is getting the Lily Pad ready for opening.  He further stated that he would like to call out the supplier to train the staff on how to start up the pumps, etc., as the employee who was originally trained  is no longer with the Park District. 


Commissioner Conrad commented that he would like to hire some summer help for maintenance and will be talking with Director King regarding this.


As President of the CRAA, Commissioner Lind complimented the staff for their work on the fields and said that baseball had a great opening day.  He also asked if staff could work on the big league mound.


Special Projects: 

Commissioner Lind had nothing to report at this time.  Commissioner Pratl suggested having another “grand opening” for the Lily Pad.  Discussion ensued.

Commissioner Conrad suggested getting signage for the front of the facility.  There was also discussion regarding putting in privacy slats in the fencing.



There was no old business to discuss.



Commissioner Pratl informed the Board that it was time to invite Police Chief Baldermann and Acting Director of Public Works, Doug Koehler, to the next Board meeting to present them with an appreciation gift.  Discussion ensued.  Director King will call them. 



There was no need for Executive Session.



A motion to adjourn at 8:48pm 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 26th day of May, 2010.



______Rob Lind_______________


Chicago Ridge Park District    



Chicago Ridge Park District