November 30, 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 11:16

Special Meeting of the Board of Commissioners

To Discuss Capital Improvements


NOVEMBER 30, 2011




President Pratl called the meeting to order at 7:02pm.



The following Commissioners were present:  Commissioner Crout, Lind, Egan, Conrad, Pratl.   Also present:  Director King



Everyone joined in the Pledge of Allegiance.



An Oak Lawn resident addressed the Board regarding the resident fees for the RAH program as opposed to the non-resident fees.  President Pratl commented that the reason the non-resident fees are higher than resident fees is so that the Park District can offset the fees for the residents who pay taxes to the Park District.  He further stated that he appreciates her interest in and participation in the RAH program, but the Park District’s responsibility is to the residents of the Village of Chicago Ridge.  Although her taxes go to support the Chicago Ridge School District, those taxes are not allocated to the Chicago Ridge Park District and therefore she will be charged the non-resident fee.  The Oak Lawn resident stated that she may need to look into other options as she believes the non-resident fees to the Chicago Ridge Park District for the RAH program are a financial burden.


Director King commented that the Chicago Ridge Park District does offer the RAH program to non-residents as well as picks up non-resident children who attend Ridge Lawn School and brings them safely to the RAH program at the Park District.  These are services which other park districts may not offer.  He further stated that the fees are in line with other programs of this type and encouraged her to think about these services when considering other options.


The Board thanked her for bringing her concerns to the Board.  She then exited the meeting.



President Pratl opened discussion regarding the improvements to the area behind the Lombard building which is currently unused.  The Board was given a preliminary drawing of what it could look like; however, a landscape architect would need to design it.  The Board agreed to spruce up the area without adding anything too permanent.  There was discussion regarding fencing, planting trees, bushes, possibly creating a berm and adding benches.  President Pratl encouraged the Board to continue thinking of ideas for this space.


Discussion turned to the playground renovation project at Lombard.  Commissioner Conrad asked if the new playground equipment they saw at the NRPA conference is out of the question for this space.  Director King replied that it was because it would not fit in that space.  If they wanted to use that equipment, it would need to be installed possibly at Freedom Park.  Commissioner Pratl stated that they would need to do some further research and discussion of whether or not to take out the skate park.


There was some discussion regarding changes to the Lombard playground.  The Board agreed to go with the same red, white and blue theme as at Freedom Park.    Commissioner Lind asked about expanding the parking lot.  Director King said that parking is not a problem and there is ample parking on the street.  Commissioner Conrad expressed concerns about working with NuToys.  Director King commented that the Board needs to be specific about what they want and communicate that to NuToys.  Commissioner Pratl commented that they will be looking at other vendors as well.


Director King encouraged the Board to decide what equipment they want in the playground so they can approve the plans at the January Board meeting.



President Pratl called for a motion to adjourn at 8:18pm.  Motion was made by Commissioner Lind 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 December, 2011.


________Rob Lind_________________


Chicago Ridge Park District    





Chicago Ridge Park District