July 14, 2010 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 13 August 2010 07:22

Combined Committee/Regular Meeting of the Board of Commissioners


July 14, 2010



President Pratl called the meeting to order at 8:02pm.



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



Everyone joined in the Pledge of Allegiance.



There was no one to address the Board.




Commissioner Crout commented on the outstanding job the staff did on the Salute to Ridge Kids event.  She commented that most of the non residents did not complain about the fee and that they were generally happy to be able to enjoy the event.  Commissioner Crout asked about a daily count of children in our day camp program.  Director King said they are keeping track and would provide her with that information.  The Board was given a breakdown of resident/non resident participants in the program.  He also said that more and more people are using the state insurance card and are getting ½ off the day camp price and that this will need to be addressed for next year’s budget.  Commissioner Crout commented that in Oak Lawn Park District, DCFS will reimburse the park district a portion of the fee when parents use their card.  Director King asked her to find out which card they are using to take advantage of this offer.


Commissioner Crout stated that she had a chance to drive by the park and see the T-ball class and was impressed by how many people were there.  Director King commented that the program went well.  He did hear from two people who were disappointed that there were no trophies given out.  They have since been ordered and parents will be notified that they can pick up a trophy for their child.

Commissioner Pratl also complimented the recreation intern, Dominic Malito and the staff on putting together a great class for the kids.  As this was the first year offering this class, adjustments had to be made as the class progressed but everyone did a great job.


Commissioner Crout inquired about the request for parties at Ball Fore mentioned in Director King’s report.  Director King commented that a political organization is looking to host their fundraiser but he is still waiting to hear the particulars from them.  When told there is to be no alcohol at the facility, two requests backed out.  A couple more were for family parties for kids.

Commissioner Crout asked about the fall brochure and if we would be hosting any tournaments.  Director King said he is still looking into it.


Commissioner Pratl expressed concerns regarding the permit request for Freedom Activity Center.  Director King stated that due to the amount of people expected and the number of days requested, the park district would not be able to grant this request. Discussion ensued.  The Board agreed not to approve the permit request.


Commissioner Pratl and Commissioner Conrad both complimented the staff on the good job they did at the Salute.  Commissioner Pratl also stated that the residents thanked him for the professional manner in which the wrist band implementation was handled.  He also complimented Director King for his involvement in making this change in the Salute as smooth as possible.



Commissioner Conrad commented that the staff has put mulch in the playgrounds, weeded and generally taking care of the parks and fields.  All the parks are looking good. 


Commissioner Pratl complimented the maintenance staff for their work in making the Salute a success.


Director King stated that there was an issue with the actuator at the Lily Pad, but it has since been adjusted and is working fine.


Commissioner Conrad informed the Board that they will need to purchase a new van in the near future as the red van is no longer safe to drive.  Discussion ensued as to whether to purchase a van or bus.


Finance Committee

Commissioner Lind had nothing to report at this time.


Special Projects: 

Commissioner Lind asked about Clear Channel and the billboard.  The Board was given correspondence from Clear Channel.  Clear Channel is still working on this.


Commissioner Lind asked if there were any inquires regarding the Illinois Open.  Director King said there were not but that he expects there will be soon.  He will be putting out flyers, advertising on the Toyota Park billboard, etc., to generate interest.


There was discussion regarding the Ridge Fest event.  Commissioner Pratl informed the Board that he will contact the Fest Chairman to send in the certificates of insurance for this event.  Director King informed the Board that the Lily Pad will need to be closed from Wednesday through Sunday.


Director King informed the Board that the Public Works department had their lunch at Nick’s Pizza on Friday compliments of the Park District.  They were very appreciative.


Commissioner Conrad brought up discussion regarding his idea to have an October Fest and would like the Board to consider it. 


Commissioner Pratl informed the Board that Director King has discussed the finances with the accountant, Lee Howard, and the Park District is ok budget wise to proceed with the renovation of the playground at Freedom Park.  He also stated that he will attend the IAPD Conference this year to get ideas.  Discussion ensued.



There was no old business to discuss.



There was no new business to discuss.



President Pratl called for a motion to enter into Executive Session for the purpose of the discussion of imminent/pending litigation, discussion of employment of specific employee(s) and the review of Executive Session minutes at 8:44pm.  Motion was made by Commissioner Lind and seconded by Commissioner Crout.

Roll Call

Ayes:              Commissioner Crout, Lind, Conrad, Pratl

Nays:              None

Absent:          None

Motion Carried.



President Pratl called the open session to order at 8:53pm.

Roll call was taken.  The Following Commissioners were present:  Commissioner  Crout, Lind, Conrad, Pratl.  Also present was Director King.



Upon the advice from Attorney Stillman, President Pratl called for a motion to keep all Executive Session minutes closed.  Motion was made by Commissioner Lind and seconded by Commissioner Conrad.

Roll Call:

Ayes:              Commissioner Crout, Lind, Conrad, Pratl

Nays:              None

Absent:          None                                  Motion carried.


A motion to adjourn at 8:54pm 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 11th day of August, 2010.



____Rob Lind___________


Chicago Ridge Park District    



Chicago Ridge Park District