July 13, 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 25 August 2011 11:20



Regular Committee/Board Meeting of the

Board of Commissioners


July 13, 2011



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



The following commissioners were present:  Commissioners, Crout, Lind, Egan, Conrad, Pratl.  Also present: Recreation Supervisor Dominic Malito and Director King.



Everyone participated in the Pledge of Allegiance.



There was no one to address the Board.  President Pratl commented that the staff did an outstanding job on the Salute to Ridge Kids event.



Chair Report

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


Supervisor’s Report

Recreation Supervisor Malito reported that the first session of Day Camp had a total of 174 children and the second session currently has 180 children registered.  Many trips and activities are planned and the children are having a good time.


T-Ball class finished up on July 6th.  Each team participated in a final game. Each child received a certificate of participation and parents were given evaluation forms.  The evaluation forms were compiled and a report was given to the Board.  Several parent comments were noted, discusssed and will be taken into account for next year’s class.


Commissioner Pratl informed the Board that he spoke with Commissioner Egan regarding advertising Ball Fore.  Commissioner Pratl also stated that he asked Recreation Supervisor Malito to work with Commissioner Egan on this.  Recreation Supervisor Malito reported on the on-line marketing company called Groupon, he researched.  Other strategies were discussed as well.  Director King asked Recreation Supervisor Malito to continuing to research the different avenues of advertising and bring something to the next meeting.


Recreation Supervisor Malito informed the Board that the preliminary copy of the fall brochure will be ready for the next meeting.  Director King commented that there needs to be a statement in the new brochure regarding discount requests. 


Recreation Supervisor Malito reported on the upcoming special events that have been planned.  There was some discussion regarding the Worth Park District basketball league and the possibility of having a Chicago Ridge Park District team in the Worth league or Chicago Ridge having their own instructional basketball league.   

Recreation Supervisor Malito then exited the meeting.



Chair Report

Commissioner Conrad commented that Frontier looks great with the new floor, paint and clean-up that was done.  Director King also commented that the tiled floor also looks great after stripping and waxing it.  Commissioner Conrad reported that he has received compliments on how clean the fitness center is as well.  Director King reported that the maintenance staff will receive instruction on how to maintain the new floor.   Director King also reported on some issues with the new floor which he is addressing with the installer.


Commissioner Conrad reported that the maintenance staff is continuing to maintain the parks and fields. 


Director King informed the Board that two circuit boards and a motor were out at Ball Fore and have been ordered.  Commissioner Conrad asked about the carpets for the miniature golf.  Director King said he will be talking with the installers about getting them replaced sometime in August. 



Chair Report

Commissioner Lind had nothing to report.  Director King commented that the auditors were here and that it went well with veteran staff having the required documentation ready for them.  The Accountant Lee Howard, Karen Truesdale, Tillie Grimberg as well as other staff all worked together to make the audit process go smoothly.  This was the first year they did not have to visit the other facilities to verify information.   A good audit will help the Park District in the future.


Director King brought attention to the savings the Park District has had with the utility change to Integry Energy.  Commissioner Pratl commented that he is checking on possibly getting some savings on the phone bill as well through Comcast. 


Director King reported that all of the computers are out of warranty and need to be replaced. 


President Pratl opened discussion regarding the discount program.  The Board was given a comparison chart of local park disctricts’ programs along with a proposed policy for Chicago Ridge for their review.  Discussion ensued.  The Board agreed to set an amount of 20% for persons seeking financial aid which will be for the Day Camp program and the Tiny Tot program.


Commissioner Pratl opened discussion regarding starting the RAH program earlier.  After some discussion, Director King said he would look into it. 


Director King encouraged the Board to be thinking about the capacity issues and entrance fees at the Lily Pad and make possible changes for next season.


Director King reported on the expected revenue for the upcoming wrestling event and the cost-savings plans that were implemented for the Salute.  Commissioner Pratl commented again that the Salute was an outstanding event.  Director King said the staff did a great job.



Chair Report

Commissioner Egan reported that he is working on a couple of things that he will address at the next meeting. 


Commissioner Pratl asked about the trees that are buckling the asphalt.  Director King said that project will be done in the fall. 


Commissioner Pratl also commented that they need to be thinking about what to do with the property next to the Administration building.


Director King informed the Board that a brace from the new picnic table will be detached and sent back so it can be fitted with the proper umbrella support.


Director King reported that the walk through with the Fest Committee would be the following week.


Commissioner Conrad opened discussion regarding hosting an Oktoberfest.  Columbus Day was considered as a possible day.  Discussion ensued.  Commissioner Conrad said he would begin the process of putting it together.



There was no old business to discuss.



There was no new business to discuss.



There was no need to enter into Executive Session.



President Pratl called for a motion to adjourn at 9:46pm.  Motion was made by Commissioner Conrad and seconded by Commissioner Crout.




______Rob Lind__________________

Rob Lind, Secretary

Chicago Ridge Park District


Approved by the Board of Commissioners on this 27th day of July, 2011.


_______Rob Lind________________

Secretary Chicago Ridge Park District

Chicago Ridge Park District