October 13, 2010 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 October 2010 10:46

Regular Committee/Board Meeting of the

Board of Commissioners


October 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: Recreation Supervisor Dominic Malito, Director King, and Mr. Rick Bieterman from NuToys.



Everyone participated in the Pledge of Allegiance.



Ms. Debbie Valente introduced herself to the Board and informed them she was running for the office of Park Commissioner, the vacancy left by Mr. Hovel’s resignation.

After a brief synopsis of her qualifications, she asked the Board if it was standard procedure to immediately appoint a Commissioner for the remainder of the time left by a Commissioner’s resignation.  President Pratl commented that it was up to the discretion of the Board and that looking forward at that time; the Board did not see a need to immediately fill that position.  Ms. Valente stated that she is running for the vacant 2-year term and hopes that the Board will consider her.  She then thanked the Board.


Mr. Rick Egan then introduced himself to the Board stating that he also is running for Park Commissioner.  He gave a brief description of his qualifications and thanked the Board. 



Chair Report

Commissioner Crout commented that she had some issues with the brochure that she will address with the Recreation Supervisor at a later date.  Mr. Malito gave the Board the first draft of the new brochure and gave his report regarding the classes/programs being offered.  He encouraged the Board to let him know if they have any questions, comments or changes to the brochure. Commissioner Crout asked why the Kickboxing class was for women only.  Mr. Malito stated that it was the instructor’s choice and that the instructor is also looking to start a beginner’s Karate class.


Mr. Malito reported on prices for the purchase of a new refrigerator and stove for Freedom Activity Center.  The Board agreed to go with Thomas Appliances.


Mr. Malito informed the Board that he and Gayle Boettger worked on giving the Park District a Facebook page.  Flyers went out advertising the page.


Commissioner Conrad commented that he would like to get together with Mr. Malito to discuss the Breakfast with Santa event.  Mr. Malito then exited the meeting.






Chair Report

Commissioner Conrad reported that the maintenance staff has been working on the buildings and keeping up with their day-to-day tasks.  There are no major projects at this time.  Commissioner Pratl commented that they did a good job down at Menard.  Commissioner Conrad reported that they did some tree and bush trimming as well as laid sod.


Director’s Report

Director King reported that the leagues at Frontier Fieldhouse were going well stating that they are changing the time for volleyball to 50 minute games instead of 1 hour which would allow for more teams/games.


Director King informed the Board that he is looking into going with Call One for phone services as they are working with IAPD members for better pricing.  More information will be presented as it becomes available.


The Ring of Honor event is coming up on the 16th of October.  TruTV will be there filming.  There will be another ROH event in February which will be a pay-per-view broadcast from Frontier along with a live stream on the internet.


Director King informed the Board that Purple Heart picked up two of the vehicles designated as surplus property that are being donated.


In addition to Commissioner Conrad’s report on maintenance, Director King commented that the maintenance staff did a great job with the ball fields’ project.  It was completed at a faction of the cost compared to an outside contractor.  Maintenance has also closed the Lily Pad for the season.


Two employees will be getting a CDL license and several employees will be going to training classes.


Also coming up are the Halloween in the Park activities on October 23rd & 24th.



Chair Report

Commissioner Lind had nothing to report at this time.



Chair Report

Director King introduced Mr. Rick Bieterman from NuToys.  Using the Board’s wish list, Mr. Bieterman presented his ideas and two designs for the new Freedom playground.  After some discussion, Mr. Bieterman said he could e-mail the designs to the Board so that they could decide which one they will choose.  Commissioner Pratl told Mr. Bieterman their anticipated time line for this project. Mr. Bieterman said he would make the suggested changes.  He also said he could also help with the bid specs and supply the Board with a list of contractors for the project.  The Board thanked Mr. Bieterman for coming.  Mr. Bieterman then exited the meeting.   The Board continued to discuss their options and Director King encouraged the Board to make their final selections so that bid specs could be approved by the November Board meeting.



There was no new business to discuss.



There was no old 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 8:02pm.  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  October, 2010.


 ____Rob Lind___________


Chicago Ridge Park District



Chicago Ridge Park District