April 25, 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 May 2012 10:15


Regular Meeting of the Board of Commissioners

CHICAGO RIDGE PARK DISTRICT

April 25, 2012

 

CALL TO ORDER

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

 

ROLL CALL

The following Commissioners were present:   Crout, Lind absent with notice, Egan, Conrad and Pratl.

Also present: Director King and Recreation Supervisor Malito

 

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 dated March 28, 2012.  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.

 

President Pratl called for a motion to approve the Regular Committee/Board Meeting of the Board of Commissioners dated April 4, 2012.  Motion was made by Commissioner Conrad and seconded by Commissioner Egan.

Roll Call

Ayes:              Commissioner Crout, Egan, Conrad, Pratl

Nays:              None

Abstain:         None

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 cash disbursements for February/March in the amount of $34,657.28.  Commissioner Crout made the motion. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Egan.

Roll Call

Ayes:              Commissioner Crout, Egan, Conrad, Pratl

Nays:              None

Abstain:         None

Motion Carried.

 

President Pratl called for a motion to table item 6B under Finance – Review and adopt the 2012-2013 preliminary budget.  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. 

REPORTS

President:    

Commissioner Pratl commented that they are moving along with the playground renovation.  There are still a few items that need to be discussed – i.e. Fence around green space, the shelter area and border fencing by the playground.

 

The Board was given a letter from Standard and Poor’s stating that the Park District received an “A” rating.  Commissioner Pratl reported that he stopped in at Dave Phillip’s office to inquire about the bond.  Mr. Phillips had planned on coming to the meeting; however, Commissioner Pratl stated that since the budget was not ready, they will have Mr. Phillip’s out to address the Board at a special finance meeting along with Lee Howard of Governmental Accounting on May 9th at 7:00pm.

 

Commissioner Pratl commented that Ball Fore looked great as well as the ball fields.

 

Attorney:

Attorney Stillman was not at the meeting.  No report was given.

 

Director:

Director King reported that the timing for the playground project is going well.  Kids Around the World came and removed the existing playground.  There have been a few changes/add-ons (drain tile, tree removal, fencing). Equipment has been coming in. 

 

Director King reported that the bond sale went very well.  He also reported that the accountants were on vacation and will be working on the budget for the next meeting.

 

Director King commented that the Board will need to address staff evaluations at the next committee meeting. 

 

In regard to the Ridge Fest event, Director King informed the Board that advertising has gone out regarding this event and that the Park District does not have a permit request for the use of Freedom Park for this event.  The Board was given a quote from Kamphuis Landscaping regarding the sodding of Freedom Park.  The damaged tree has not been replaced as of this date.

 

In regard to new hires, Director King informed the Board that they have a good veteran staff returning for Day Camp; but will possibly need additional summer staff for Ball Fore and Lily Pad.

 

The Board was given a copy of the application and grant recipient letter that the Park District received from the Chicago Southland Convention Visitor’s Bureau.  The Park District was also highlighted in the Chicago Southland’s publication Chicago & Beyond.  Director King also informed the Board that a representative from the Chicago Southland’s Sports Commission will be out to take a look at the sports fields and Ball Fore. 

 

Ball Fore is open.  The new baseball helmets w/ice cream are being sold.  Director King informed the Board that a help wanted ad went into the newspaper for facilities supervisor.  The job was also posted in-house.

 

Ring of Honor has two shows scheduled for Saturday, April 28th; and the Oak Lawn Police Department will be using the bleachers for a mock crash training on April 30th.

 

Director King reported that Our Lady of the Ridge has started their soccer program at Freedom Park.  There was an issue regarding parking that has been addressed and hopefully resolved.

 

In regard to security, the Board was given a quote for cameras for the parks.  Director King commented that he is looking into hiring a security firm as well.

 

Director King informed the Board that they have added some George Shimko basketball leagues at Frontier on Sundays.  He also reported that the bleacher issue has not been resolved.

 

Plans for the Salute to Ridge Kids event are underway.  The Board was given a copy of the contracts for Clowning Around Entertainment.

 

The Board was given a list of meeting dates and times for fiscal year 2012/2013.

 

The Board was encouraged to file their Statement of Economic Interest.

 

Director King informed the Board that the Park District will be making a donation to the Chicago Southland for their National Tourism Day event and will be named a sponsor of that event.
 

COMMITTEES:

Recreation: 

Commissioner Crout commented on the single large donation for the hop-a-thon that came from a parent on behalf of his company and suggested a thank-you letter be sent out.  Recreation Supervisor Malito stated that the parent wanted to keep his donation low key, but would send a thank-you card.  The total donation for the Muscular Dystrophy Association raised was $5,988.

 

Recreation Supervisor Malito reported that the Senior Luncheon is on May 8th and refrigerator magnets have been ordered as give-aways.

 

The Pitch, Hit and Run competition is Saturday, April 28th weather permitting. 

 

The Cubs games attendance was low.  There are two more games in May which may have a greater attendance.

 

Recreation Supervisor reported on the men’s basketball league and is planning on doing an informal evaluation during the last week.

 

In regard to financial assistance applications, Recreation Supervisor Mailto reported that there are currently 9 families approved for discount.

 

Recreation Supervisor Malito then exited the meeting.

 

Maintenance:

Commissioner Conrad stated that staff has gotten Ball Fore up and running well. 

He commented that he would like to see all the maintenance staff trained in maintaining the batting cages.  He is looking forward to opening the Lily Pad.

 

Commissioner Pratl asked about replacing the greens at Ball Fore.  Director King commented that it will be done sometime in June/July.  Commissioner Pratl also asked about the possibility of getting True Green to spray for weeds at Ball Fore.  Commissioner Conrad suggested having the maintenance staff take care of it.  Discussion ensued. 

 

Director King reported that new baseballs and tokens will be ordered for Ball Fore.  Director King also stated that they are looking into new fountains.

 

Special Projects: 

Commissioner Egan had nothing to report at this time.  Commissioner Conrad suggested getting a blue spruce tree for the middle of the meditation area of the Lombard project.  The Board agreed.  The Board also discussed the shelter and colors for the sails and poles.  Director King opened discussion regarding the border fencing.  The Board agreed to go with a split-rail fence.

 

Commissioner Pratl asked about the new park signs.  Commissioner Conrad reported that they have been ordered and is expecting them any day. 

 

Commissioner Pratl opened discussion regarding the purchase of security cameras.  The Board discussed the proposal by Advanced Communications.

The Board agreed that the price was a little high and will be looking into other recommendations.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

There was no old business to discuss. 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

President Pratl called for a motion to remove item 9A from the agenda per advice of counsel.  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 accept bid at Bernardi Securities, Inc. for General Obligation Park Bonds (Alternate Revenue Source), Series 2012.  Motion was made by Commissioner Egan and seconded by Commissioner Crout.

Roll Call

Ayes:              Commissioner Crout, Egan, Conrad, Pratl

Nays:              None

Abstain:         None

Motion Carried.

 

President Pratl called for a motion to adopt General Obligation Park Bonds (Alternate Revenue Source), Series 2012 as Ordinance #2012-02.  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.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

There was no need to enter into Executive Session.

 

ADJOURN

President Pratl called for a motion to adjourn at 9:13.  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 23rd day of May, 2012.

______Rob Lind___________

Secretary Chicago Ridge Park District    

 
Chicago Ridge Park District