May 11, 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 31 May 2011 12:05



Regular Committee/Board Meeting of the

Board of Commissioners


May 11, 2011



President Pratl called the meeting to order at 8:01 pm.



The following commissioners were present:  Commissioners, Crout, Lind, Egan, Conrad, Pratl.  Also present: Lee Howard from Governmental Accounting, Rich Buroff from the Illinois Police Bureau, Recreation Supervisor Dominic Malito and Director King.



Everyone participated in the Pledge of Allegiance.



President Pratl gave the floor to Mr. Rich Buroff of the Illinois Police Bureau.  Mr. Buroff introduced himself and the organizations he represents and thanked the Board for having him at the meeting.  Mr. Buroff gave a short presentation of the Illinois Police Bureau and the Illinois Park Ranger Service.  Mr. Buroff requested the use of the Park District facilities for their meetings and occasional hand-to-hand combat training.  Mr. Buroff answered questions from the Board.  When asked about a certificate of insurance, Mr. Buroff stated that they did not have one.  Director King stated that not having a certificate of insurance was a concern and he would need to consult with the attorneys to see if a waiver would be acceptable.  President Pratl informed Mr. Buroff that the Board would discuss his request and get back to him with their decision.  Mr. Buroff then exited the meeting.


President Pratl then gave the floor to Mr. Lee Howard from Governmental Accounting.  Mr. Howard reviewed the current budget with the Board stating that they are in good shape.  He then reviewed the proposed budget for fiscal year 2011-2012 stating that there is only a 1% increase from the previous year.  After some questions and comments, the Board thanked him for coming and he exited the meeting.



Chair Report

Commissioner Crout complimented Recreation Supervisor Malito on the success of the Pitch, Hit & Run event. 


Supervisor’s Report

Recreation Supervisor Malito gave his report on the Kite Fly event coming up.  He also reported that the final dollar amount donated for the Hop-a-Thon which was $1,268 and will benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.


Tiny Tot evaluation forms were passed out to parents, results will be compiled for next meeting.  He also reported on the Tiny Tot field trips, Mother/Son Bowling event, and the Senior Luncheon. 

Flyers will be sent out for the Chicago Ridge Golf Association’s miniature golf tour, beginning with the Chicago Ridge Invitational on May 15th.  They currently have 7 people signed up for this event.


Day Camp registration is currently at 20.  The Board was given several hardship letters from residents looking for a reduction in Day Camp fees for their review.


Mini classes start next week – two out of three classes have enough children signed up.


Commissioner Crout asked if they were staffed for Day Camp.  Recreation Supervisor Malito commented that they have a staff meeting scheduled for May 24th at which time they will have a better idea of how many new counselors they will need for Day Camp.


Recreation Supervisor Malito exited the meeting.



Chair Report

Commissioner Conrad reported that the maintenance staff has been very busy getting ready for the season.  The signs came in for Ball Fore and they will be putting them up.  The new riding mower is in and working out well.  The back stop and fencing will be painted at Freedom Park.


Commissioner Crout asked if the picnic table came in for Ball Fore.  Commissioner Conrad said they did.  Director King commented that they are looking into some umbrellas for Ball Fore.


Commissioner Pratl complimented the maintenance staff on the excellence of the fields for Baseball’s opening day.  Commissioner Conrad commented that the sod that was laid last year has been a real help.


Commissioner Pratl asked about signs for Freedom Park.  Commissioner Conrad said he is working on it.


Director’s Report

Director’s King reported that the maintenance staff worked on replacing missing shingles on the pavilion at Menard and the Lombard building as well as repairing the fascia on the pavilion at Freedom. 



Chair Report

Commissioner Lind had nothing to report.


Commissioner Crout brought attention to Director King’s report on the Legislative Session he attended stating that they need to write letters to the Governor of the State of Illinois requesting the State let the OSLAD funds loose. 



Chair Report

Commissioner Lind gave the floor to Director King to report on the playground renovation.  Director King commented that they had an issue which is now being corrected.  It was discovered that the plans included a grassy area around the playground which substantially limited the playground area.  Director King commented that Mr. Rick Bieterman did not inform him about the inclusion of the grassy area when the drawings were rendered.  It was necessary to change the layout in order to eliminate the grassy area and utilize all the space available.  There will be some additional costs involved due to this change.


Director King informed the Board that the walking path will need to be redone.


There was discussion regarding the opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony date for the playground.  Director King said he would know by next meeting when the playground will be finished.


Director King informed the Board that they will need to have Mr. Chuck Tokar at the next meeting regarding the Ridge Fest permit; as well as Mr. Steve Fantuzzi from Floors, Inc. to finalize details regarding the flooring project at Frontier.


Commissioner Lind asked about the fans at Frontier.  Director King said he has had Mohawk Electric out to look at the fans as well as the lighting and is waiting for a quote.



Commissioner Pratl opened discussion regarding the hardship letter requests they received.  Director King commented that pursuant to the Park District Policy Manual, all resident requests will be considered; however, the amount of resident requests received to date is a concern.  He further stated that non-residents may or may not be included for consideration at the discretion of the Board.  Discussion ensued.  The Board agreed to half price Day Camp for residents only.



The Board discussed the request of Mr. Buroff.   The Board agreed to table their decision until Director King talks to the attorneys. 



There was no need to enter into Executive Session.



A motion to adjourn was made by Commissioner Crout and seconded by Commissioner Conrad at 9:39pm.

Roll Call

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

Nays:              None

Abstain:         None

 Motion carried.



_______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