April 27, 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 31 May 2011 12:02

Regular Meeting of the Board of Commissioners

CHICAGO RIDGE PARK DISTRICT

April 27, 2011

 

CALL TO ORDER

President Pratl called the meeting to order at 8:03pm.

 

ROLL CALL

The following Commissioners were present:   Crout, Lind, Egan, Conrad and Pratl

Also present:  Director King and Recreation Supervisor, 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 Board Meeting of the Board of Commissioners of March 23, 2011.  Motion was made by Commissioner Conrad and seconded by Commissioner Egan.

Roll Call

Ayes:              Commissioner Egan, Conrad, Pratl

Nays:              None

Abstain:         Crout, Lind

Motion Carried.

 

President Pratl called for a motion to approve the minutes of the Special Meeting of the Board of Commissioners dated March 30, 2011.  Motion was made by Commissioner Crout and seconded by Commissioner Lind.

Roll Call

Ayes:              Commissioner Crout, Lind, Egan, Conrad, Pratl

Nays:              None

Abstain:         None

Motion Carried.

 

President Pratl called for a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Committee Meeting of the Board of Commissioners dated April 13, 2011, with changes.  Motion was made by Commissioner Crout and seconded by Commissioner Conrad.

Roll Call

Ayes:              Commissioner Crout, Egan, Conrad, Pratl

Nays:              None

Abstain:         Lind

Motion Carried.

 

PUBLIC/STAFF WISHING TO ADDRESS THE BOARD

There was no one to address the Board.

 

FINANCE

Prior to calling for a motion to approve bills, President Pratl informed the Board that they have realized a substantial savings on the utilities since switching to the IUPC and purchasing through Integrys Energy.

 

President Pratl called for a motion to approve the March/April cash disbursements in the amount of $243,674.14.  Motion was made by Commissioner Lind and seconded by Commissioner Crout.

 

Roll Call:    

Ayes:              Commissioners Crout, Lind, Egan, Conrad, Pratl

Nays:              None

Abstain:         None 

Motion Carried.

 

REPORTS

President:    

Commissioner Pratl commented that the weather has not cooperated in the completion of the playground renovation.  When the ground dries out, they will continue with the project.  Ball Fore has also been slow due to the weather; however, he complimented the staff on maintaining a beautiful facility and asked Commissioner Conrad to let the maintenance staff know.

 

Attorney:

Attorney Stillman was not at the meeting; however, Director King reported that he has been in contact with Attorney Matt Byrne who is in the process of drafting a contract for the Frontier flooring project. Attorney Byrne is also working on a refund application for property taxes paid on the Oxford property. 

 

Director:

Director King informed the Board that they have been looking at purchasing a new lawn mower.  He commented that they had a demo out and he is confident that this will be a good piece of equipment for the Maintenance Department. 

 

Director King also commented that the maintenance staff has continued getting the fields ready for the spring/summer season despite the weather. 

 

In regard to the playground renovation, Commissioner Conrad asked if they could possibly pump out the standing water to expedite drying out the ground.  Director King said that may be a possibility, but sunshine is needed most.

 

Director King informed the Board that the Park District has once again helped out School District 127-1/2 by driving 55 children and 5 adults from the school to the library.

 

Director King commented that they will be discussing the budget at the next meeting.  Commissioner Pratl commented that he will be inviting Chuck Tokar from the Village to the next meeting to discuss the Fest permit. 

 

Director King encouraged the Board to be thinking about police presence in the parks and discuss options at the next meeting.

 

The Board was also encouraged to think about what compensation the Park District should require for the closing of the Lily Pad during Ridge Fest and be ready to discuss this at the next meeting.

 

COMMITTEES:

Recreation: 

Commissioner Crout gave the floor to Recreation Supervisor Malito for his report. 

 

Recreation Supervisor Malito reported that the Hop-A-Thon was a huge success raising over $1,200 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

 

The Tiny Tot evaluation forms were completed and will be passed out to the parents the first week of May.  Results will be complied for the Board.

 

The Easter Egg Hunt event went well with about 150 people in attendance.  The golden eggs and bonnet contest will be evaluated and revised for next year.

 

Day Camp registration has begun.  To date, 14 children have signed up.

 

Recreation Supervisor Malito also reported that Jack & Pat’s will be catering the Senior Luncheon as well as the Mother/Son bowling event.

 

Recreation Supervisor Malito reported on the Earth Day activities which included picking up trash around the parks, planting flowers, as well as turning off the lights in the building.

 

Also coming up is the Ball Fore Invitational on May 15th.  They currently have 6 people signed up.  Pitch, Hit & Run event is scheduled for Saturday, April 30th. 

 

Recreation Supervisor Dominic Malito then exited the meeting.

 

Maintenance:

Commissioner Conrad commented that the grass that was put in last year is working out well for the fields.  He also commented that the new signs for Ball Fore are in and will be put up within the next week.

 

Director King informed the Board that there is a concern with the fans at Frontier.  One of the motors is down and we will need to call an electrician, but all the fans are old and will need to be replaced before the new floor is poured.

 

On behalf of the CRAA, Commissioner Lind commented that they appreciate the work the maintenance staff is doing on maintaining the fields.  He also commented that there will be a CRAA manager/coaches meeting and encouraged Director King to let him know if there is anything he or Jim Walsh would like to inform them of in regard to the fields.  Director King said he would still like to have a meeting with them out on the fields with Jim Walsh so that everyone is on the same page and knows what to do.  Some discussion ensued. 

 

Special Projects: 

Special projects were previously discussed.  Director King commented that they will need to discuss the logo on the new Frontier floor at the next meeting.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

There was no old business to discuss.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

President Pratl gave the floor to the Board Secretary for the swearing in of the newly elected Commissioners.  The Board Secretary read the Oath of Office which was recited by Commissioners Pratl, Crout and Egan.  They then signed their Oaths which will be kept on file by the Board Secretary.  Congratulations were given.

 

The Board was given copies of letters that were presented for their review concerning the Day Camp program to be discussed at the next meeting.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

There was no need to enter into Executive Session

 

ADJOURN

President Pratl called for a motion to adjourn at 8:49pm.  Motion was made by Commissioner Conrad and seconded by Commissioner Crout.  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 May, 2011.

 

_____Rob Lind___________

Secretary

Chicago Ridge Park District 

 
Chicago Ridge Park District