August 24, 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 11 October 2011 10:49

Regular Meeting of the Board of Commissioners


August 24, 2011



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



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



Everyone joined in the Pledge of Allegiance.



President Pratl called for a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of the Board of Commissioners of July 27, 2011.  Motion was made by Commissioner Crout and seconded by Commissioner Conrad.

Roll Call

Ayes:              Commissioner Crout, Lind, Egan Conrad

Nays:              None

Abstain:         Commissioner Pratl

Motion Carried.


President Pratl called for a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Committee Meeting of the Board of Commissioners dated August 10, 2011.  Motion was made by Commissioner Conrad and seconded by Commissioner Crout.

Roll Call

Ayes:              Commissioner Conrad, Crout, Pratl

Nays:              None

Abstain:         Commissioner Lind, Commissioner Egan

Motion Carried.



Mr. Paul Emlund addressed the Board regarding the poor condition of Freedom Park due to the Ridge Fest.  Director King said that it will take a lot of work to get the park back into prime condition and that the maintenance staff is working on it.  Commissioner Conrad stated that they are aware of these issues and they will be addressed.  The Board thanked Mr. Emlund for coming.  He then exited the meeting.



Commissioner Lind made a motion to approve the July/August cash disbursements in the amount of $64,939.09.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Conrad.

Roll Call:

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

Nays:              None

Abstain:         None

Motion Carried.




Commissioner Pratl stated that he was glad to see a community member was concerned about the Park and suggested talking to the Attorneys to see if there is any recourse to be taken.  Director King said that a lot of the damage was due to the relocation of the beer tent as well as several other factors and that he would contact the Attorneys.



The Attorney was not at the meeting.



Director King reported that the walk-through after the Fest was almost two weeks after the event and suggested that next year the walk-through be set up within the first week after the Fest is over. 


Director King reported on the Ring of Honor event that was held at Frontier Fieldhouse.  This was a TV taping and, despite a few glitches in the taping, a good event overall.


In regard to the Frontier floor, Director King reported that Floors, Inc. had been out to do some patching and repairing and he is not anticipating any more problems.


Director King reported that the Tiny Tots program currently has enough children for two classes, but they have an Open House scheduled for the 25th which may bring in a few more registrations.  He also informed the Board that he received an application for discount. 


The Illinois Open at Ball Fore is scheduled for Saturday, August 27th.  Director King informed the Board that he has been talking with Bob Detwiler, head of the US Pro Mini Golf Association, to see if the Park District could host the US Open next year.


The Fire Department will be using Freedom Activity Center and Freedom Park on September 24th to set up a mock tragedy scene. 


The Park District Risk Management Association was out to do their annual review.  Director King stated that he is anticipating a great review.


Maintenance staff is working on the parks and buildings, getting them ready for fall.  Dugouts are being painted.  Table and Tent rentals are good.


Lily Pad and Ball Fore fall hours of operation have begun. 


In regard to Frontier leagues, Director King recommended a slight increase in fees to help offset the cost of ice packs and other products.  Discussion ensued. 

The Board had no objection to the increase.


The Board was given permit requests from the VFW and the Cub Scouts for their review.




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


Recreation Supervisor Malito gave the Board a copy of the Valpak coupon that will be going out.  Commissioner Crout said it was very eye-catching and

Commissioner Lind suggested having a baseball graphic on the next one. 


Recreation Supervisor Malito reported on the first day of RAH which went very well. 


The Groupon deal has been established and will be posted on their website within a month.  A preview will be sent five days before if any modifications need to be made.


Recreation Supervisor reported on the Tiny Tots classes. As there was nothing further, he then exited the meeting.



Commissioner Conrad commented that most of the man hours have been used to fix Freedom Park.  He also commented that the Ring of Honor event was awesome.


Commissioner Crout asked about the flag at Freedom Park.  Commissioner Egan said that the Police Department had the flag and the person responsible for taking it was arrested.  Director King commented that the Police Department had not contacted him about this.


Special Projects: 

Commissioner Egan stated that they are looking to do an outdoor fitness area on the court next to the Administration building and will be looking at other Park Districts to see what they have.  Discussion ensued.


Commissioner Pratl reminded the Board to keep on track for the next playground rehab which will be at the James Jenkins Memorial Playground.  They will need to go out to bid soon.  Director King commented that they can begin picking out equipment at the next Committee Meeting and to be looking for ideas while at the NRPA Conference.


Commissioner Conrad opened discussion regarding Oktoberfest and suggested having it over Labor Day weekend of 2012.  Discussion ensued.



Commissioner Lind asked about prices for another climbing rock.  Director King said he would look into it. 



There was no new business to discuss.



President Pratl called for a motion to adjourn at 8:53pm.  Motion 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 28th day of September, 2011.


_____Rob Lind___________


Chicago Ridge Park District 

Chicago Ridge Park District