September 28, 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 October 2011 10:34

Regular Meeting of the Board of Commissioners

CHICAGO RIDGE PARK DISTRICT

September 28, 2011

 

CALL TO ORDER

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

 

ROLL CALL

The following Commissioners were present: Crout, Conrad, and Pratl Commissioner Lind was absent with notice, Commissioner Egan absent. Also present:  Director King.

**Commissioner Egan entered the meeting at 8:02pm**

 

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 August 24, 2011.  Motion was made by Commissioner Crout and seconded by Commissioner Conrad.

Roll Call

Ayes:              Commissioner Crout, 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 September 14, 2011  Motion was made by Commissioner Crout and seconded by Commissioner Conrad.

Roll Call

Ayes:              Commissioner Crout, Conrad, Pratl

Nays:              None

Abstain:         Commissioner Egan

Motion Carried.

 

PUBLIC/STAFF WISHING TO ADDRESS THE BOARD

There was no one to address the Board.

 

FINANCE

President Pratl called for a motion to approve the August/September cash disbursements in the amount of $168,025.14.  Motion was made by Commissioner Crout and seconded by Commissioner Egan.

Roll Call:

Ayes:              Commissioner Crout, Egan, Conrad, Pratl

Nays:              None

Abstain:         None

Motion Carried.

 

The Board was given a preliminary draft of the audit report for their review.

 

Director King brought attention to the information from Dave Phillips of Speer Financial regarding the bonds that was given to the Board.  Commissioner Pratl commented that he has discussed this with Director King and was leaning toward Option 2 which will lower the debt service and increase capital, but will defer to the expertise of the financial advisors.  Director King commented that there may be one more option to consider, but he is still conferring with Dave Phillips on this.

 

President Pratl noted for the record that Director King attended the Annual Joint Review Board Meeting for the TIF projects stating that the Tri-State TIF has been terminated with a balance of $4,925.  Director King commented that due to the economy, the Ridgeland Redevelopment Project is still underperforming and he does not foresee a surplus for some time. 

 

REPORTS

President:    

Commissioner Pratl had nothing more to report at this time.

 

Attorney:

The Attorney was not at the meeting. 

 

Director:

In regard to the Fest repairs at Freedom Park, Commissioner Pratl stated that he spoke with the Village Clerk and was informed that the Village put in new top soil and that he, Mr. Tokar, will be attending the next Board meeting at which time they will go over the permit to make changes for next year.  Director King encouraged the Board to do their own walk through the park and make note of any questions or concerns they may have to address with Mr. Tokar at the next meeting.

 

Director King reported on the disaster scene that was presented by the fire and police departments at Freedom.  He commented that it went well despite a few glitches. 

 

The Board was given information regarding their electronic training for the Open Meetings Act.

 

There was some discussion regarding adding more cameras to protect the parks.

 

Commissioner Pratl asked Director King about the request by Finley Junior High to use the Teen Center as their lockdown location for those participating in gym class at the park.  Director King said he had not yet discussed this with the attorney and with PDRMA.  

 

Commissioner Pratl asked about the sign for Freedom Park.  Commissioner Conrad commented that he thought he was to hold off on it for now.   Commissioner Pratl suggested getting a color rendering for review. 

COMMITTEES:

Recreation: 

The Board was given the Recreation Supervisor’s Report for their review.  In his report, he commented that he had received a call from another on-line certificate/coupon company, but Commissioner Crout commented that she would like to stay with Groupon since their client base is much larger than the proposed company.  Also, since some of the same classes are being cancelled, she said that maybe there should be some changes made.  Discussion ensued.

 

The Board was informed of a generous donation by a patron.  Commissioner Crout suggested sending a thank you.

 

Commissioner Pratl when the decorations will begin for Ball Fore Spook-Tacular.  Director King said they would begin decorating the 2nd week of October.

 

Maintenance:

Commissioner Conrad reported that the maintenance staff has been continuing to keep the fields, parks and buildings looking good.

 

Commissioner Pratl asked if Commissioner Conrad could have the maintenance staff look at the green park signs and get them fixed up.  Director King said they may need to replace them.

 

Special Projects:

Commissioner Egan had nothing to report at this time.  Director King commented that Rick Bieterman will have some information on the new playground for them for the next meeting.  Ideas were discussed.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

There was no old business to discuss.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

There was no new business to discuss.

 

ADJOURN

President Pratl called for a motion to adjourn at 9:06pm.  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 26th day of October, 2011.

_____Rob Lind___________

Secretary, Chicago Ridge Park District 

 
Chicago Ridge Park District