August 11, 2010 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 October 2010 10:17

Combined Committee/Regular Meeting of the Board of Commissioners

CHICAGO RIDGE PARK DISTRICT

August 11, 2010

 

CALL TO ORDER

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

 

ROLL CALL

The following Commissioners were present:   Crout, Conrad and Pratl.   Commissioner Lind was absent.  Also present were Director King and Recreation Intern Dominic Malito.

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Everyone joined in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

President Pratl called for a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Board of Commissioners dated June 23, 2010.  Motion was made by Commissioner Crout and seconded by Commissioner Conrad.

Roll Call:

Ayes:              Commissioner Crout, Conrad, Pratl

Nays:              None

Abstain:         None

Motion Carried.

 

President Pratl called for a motion to approve the minutes of the Combined Meeting of the Board of Commissioners dated July 14, 2010.  Motion was made by Commissioner Crout and seconded by Commissioner Conrad.

Roll Call

Ayes:              Commissioner Crout, Conrad, Pratl

Nays:              None

Abstain:         None

Motion Carried.

 

PUBLIC/STAFF WISHING TO ADDRESS THE BOARD

Prior to Dominic Malito taking the floor, Director King informed the Board as to Mr. Malito’s involvement with the fall brochure as well as bringing attention to the parent evaluations Mr. Malito had compiled for the T-Ball class and the Lily Pad.  Mr. Malito then reported to the Board his plans for putting the brochure on our web site.  The Board was also given a summary report of the evaluations.  Mr. Malito pointed out several positive comments that were made as well as the suggestions for improvement.  Discussion ensued.  The Board thanked Mr. Malito for his report.  He then exited the meeting.

 

 

 

 

FINANCE

In the absence of Commissioner Lind, President Pratl called for a motion to approve the June/July cash disbursements in the amount of $99,091.12.  Motion was made by Commissioner Crout and seconded by Commissioner Conrad.

Roll Call:

Ayes:              Commissioner Crout, Conrad, Pratl

Nays:              None

Abstain:         None

Motion Carried.

 

REPORTS:

President     

Commissioner Pratl informed the Board that he had asked Director King to contact the Village of Chicago Ridge regarding the TIF Joint Review Board meeting.  The Board was given information regarding the TIF and the meeting of the Joint Review Board is scheduled for August 26, 2010.  Director King will be attending the meeting.  Commissioner Pratl also informed the Board that this TIF information is being reviewed by the attorney.

 

Commissioner Pratl also encouraged the Board to begin making plans for the Freedom Park renovation.  Director King reported to the Board the various renovations that need to be made and said that he would like the plans to be made this fall so they are ready to implement in the spring.

 

Attorney

Attorney Stillman was out of town.  No report was given.

 

Director

In regard to the Ridge Fest, Director King said they are still working on getting the park back in shape.  He also informed the Board that revenue was lost due to the closing of the Lily Pad for this event. 

 

Director King informed the Board that the surgery date for one of the maintenance crew has been postponed.

 

Director King also informed the Board that the office staff has been spending a lot of extra hours compiling information regarding two pending acts of litigation.

 

In regard to maintenance, Director King reported that the staff is doing a good job keeping up with the cutting, putting in wood chips, weeding, and maintaining Lily Pad, Ball Fore, Freedom Activity Center and Frontier Fieldhouse.

 

The Board was given financial statements for May as well as revenue reports for Ball Fore and Lily Pad.

 

In regard to the Recreation Supervisor position, Director King commented that Dominic Malito, who is the current intern in this position, is doing a great job; however, he suggested having an in-house posting of the job to see if there is anyone else who is interested in the position.  He also stated that he would like to post a position for a part-time bus driver/maintenance person.   Director King informed the Board of several employees that have been doing a great job in their supervisory/coordinator positions. 

 

**Commissioner Lind entered the meeting at 8:25pm.**

 

In regard to the Tiny Tot program, Director King informed the Board that they still do not know if the Chicago Ridge schools are going to have a pre-K program, which will affect our Tiny Tot numbers.  We may need to combine classes if enrollment is down.

 

Director King gave the Board information regarding an English speaking ordinance that was passed in Homer Township and encouraged them to think about adopting an ordinance of this nature as non-English speaking participants in our programs/facilities could be a potential safety issue.  Attorney Stillman will be reviewing this item.

 

Director King informed the Board that there are 21 children signed up for the RAH program.  The Board was also given a revised RAH handbook for their review.

 

The advertising has been changed on the Toyota Park billboard to showcase the Illinois Open.

 

Chicago Ridge Park District participated in a blood drive through Heartland Blood Centers.  Everyone who participated received a certificate for free ice cream from Oberweiss.

 

Director King informed the Board that the leak by the burm at Freedom Park that Public Works has fixed three times is back.  He is working with Public Works for a resolution to this problem.  He commented that the concern for the park is that we are not able to use our in ground sprinkling system. 

 

In regard to the purchase of a new bus, Director King gave the Board some information to review and stated that he will have more definitive information at the next meeting.

 

Facility hours for Ball Fore and Lily Pad will be changing to the fall hours when school starts.  Director King commented that they have begun implementing some of the suggestions from the parent evaluations for the Lily Pad, (i.e. no running signs, juice boxes). 

 

Director King also reported that EZ Sign was out to look at installing a new sign on the maintenance building.

 

Director King reported that 59 people attended the Senior Luncheon.  Everything went well – participants received a t-shirt and a coupon for the next event.  They also had raffles and catered lunch from Jack & Pat’s.

 

The Board was given a 2009/2010 comparison of expenses regarding the Salute to Ridge Kids as well as several permit requests for their information.

 

Director King informed the Board that he will be attending a meeting on August 12th, as a representative member of the IUPC, regarding upcoming electricity rates.

 

Director King encouraged the Board to let him know prior to next meeting if anyone is interested in attending the NRPA Conference.

 

COMMITTEES:

Recreation:

Commissioner Crout commented that everything had been covered already and she had nothing to add at this time.  She did say, however, that Dominic did an outstanding job on his summary reports of the parent evaluations. 

 

Maintenance:

Commissioner Conrad had nothing to report at this time.

 

Finance Committee

Commissioner Lind had nothing to report at this time. 

 

Special Projects: 

There was some discussion regarding the renovation of Freedom Park.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

There was no old business to discuss.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

President Pratl called for a motion to adopt a resolution authorizing Querrey and Harrow, Ltd. to intervene on behalf of the Chicago Ridge Park District in the commercial property tax appeal of Lois Benda as Resolution #2010-09.  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.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

President Pratl called for a motion to enter into Executive Session for the purpose of the discussion of imminent/pending litigation and discussion of employment of specific employee(s) at 8:46pm.  Motion was made by Commissioner Crout and seconded by Commissioner Conrad.  All in favor, aye.

 

OPEN SESSION:

President Pratl called the open session to order at 9:06pm.

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

 

ACTION ON EXECUTIVE SESSION ITEMS:

President Pratl called for a motion to approve a 3% salary increase for year-round employees.  Motion was made by Commissioner Crout and seconded by Commissioner Lind.

Roll Call:

Ayes:              Commissioner Crout, Lind, Conrad, Pratl

Nays:              None

Abstain:         None                             

Motion carried.

 

President Pratl called for a motion to approve a 5% salary increase for department heads.  Motion was made by Commissioner Conrad and seconded by Commissioner Crout. 

Roll Call:

Ayes:              Commissioner Crout, Lind, Conrad, Pratl

Nays:              None

Abstain:         None

Motion carried.

 

ADJOURN

A motion to adjourn at 9:08pm 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 25th  day of August, 2010.

 

 

___Rob Lind____________

Secretary

Chicago Ridge Park District    

 
Chicago Ridge Park District