August 8, 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 24 August 2012 08:50

Regular Committee/Board Meeting of the

Board of Commissioners


August 8, 2012



President Pratl called the meeting to order at 8:10 pm.



The following commissioners were present:  Commissioners Crout, Lind absent with notice, Egan, Conrad and Pratl.   Also present: Director King, Recreation Superintendent Dominic Malito and Maintenance Supervisor Jeff Biskey.



Everyone participated in the Pledge of Allegiance. 



There was no one to address the Board.



Chair Report

Commissioner Crout asked Recreation Supervisor a question regarding the basketball league.  Recreation Superintendent Malito commented that they would be moving to Wednesdays beginning August 29th.  There are some issues with the conduct of the participants that he is working on to correct.


Superintendent’s Report

In regard to the Senior Lunch which was held on Tuesday, August 6th, Recreation Superintendent Malito reported that they had a good turn out with approximately 60 people in attendance.


The Fall brochure final draft should be ready by next week.


U.S. Open was a huge success.  There were a total of 35 participants.  Nate Nichols from Indiana was the U.S. Open champion.  The Park District received many compliments regarding the course, staff and hospitality shown to the participants.  Recreation Superintendent Malito stated that he is hoping to host more tournaments in the future.


Recreation Superintendent Malito reported that there was a head lice issue among the day camp participants which is being addressed.  A new policy is being put in place which will help alleviate this problem.  The new procedure will be a minimum time out of 7 days with return accompanied by a Doctor’s note. 


The T-Ball class has finished up.  The fitness center members will be given an evaluation form to fill out.  Commissioner Crout suggested e-mailing the evaluations.  Recreation Supervisor Malito stated that he will have the participants quickly fill out the survey when they come in to use the facility.  Some discussion ensued regarding the equipment, prices, etc.


Commissioner Crout asked Recreation Superintendent Malito about the league fees.  Discussion ensued regarding raising the fees.



Chair Report

Commissioner Conrad gave the floor to Maintenance Supervisor, Jeff Biskey, for his report.


Supervisor’s Report

Supervisor Biskey reported that the staff did a tremendous job preparing for the U.S. Open and the facility looked great.  The staff went back on Monday after the Open to clean the ponds again.


He also reported that the maintenance staff did a thorough cleaning of the Lily Pad while it was closed due to the Ridge Fest.


Staff has also been cutting grass, weeding the playgrounds, and they disinfected the facilities and busses due to the recurring lice problem.


Now that Ridge Fest is over, the maintenance staff will be aerating and slit seeding Freedom Park. 


The new sign at Lombard was installed. 


Commissioner Conrad complimented the maintenance staff on a job well done during the busy weekend they had with an extra special emphasis on how great Ball Fore looked for the U.S. Open.


Maintenance Supervisor Biskey and Recreation Superintendent Malito then exited the meeting.


Director’s Report

Director King commented that although the day camp staff did a great job concerning the head lice issue, the Board may need to think about bringing in a certified nurse to check for head lice to take the responsibility off of the staff in the future.



Chair Report

Commissioner Lind was not at the meeting.  No report was given.  President Pratl asked Director King for any updates.  Director King said that after talking with Dave Phillips of Speer Financial, they will need to have a BINA Hearing this year.  The audit went well, but he is still waiting for the report. 


Commissioner Crout commented that there is a possibility that if Obamacare goes through after the election, the Park District may have to provide health insurance for anyone working 30 hours per week.  Director King stated that he is currently working on issues concerning staff hours.



Chair Report

Commissioner Egan reported that he is working on ideas concerning the updating of the Freedom building.  Discussion ensued.


Director’s Report

Director King made a few comments regarding the success of the U.S. Open and complimented the staff on a job well done. The Board was given a “thank-you” e-mail from Bob Detwiler, President of the U.S.P.M.G.A., for putting on a quality U.S. Open event.  Director King commented that if we host this event again, we should get sponsors.


The Board was informed that the server was updated and Wi-Fi installed at Freedom and Frontier.


There was a problem with a poor line for the fire alarm.  The line is fixed; however, an upgrade of the system may be needed.  Director King is waiting to hear back from the Deputy Chief on this.


The F.O.I.A. request has been taken care of.


Commissioner Pratl opened discussion regarding the 45th anniversary celebration.  The Board discussed the date, location, number of days, etc.  Director King commented that he would like to look for sponsors to offset the cost.


The Board was encouraged to let Director King know if they will be attending the NRPA Conference.


The Board reviewed and discussed a permit request that was submitted.  Due to the nature of the request, it was denied.


Director King stated that he will work on getting an architect to do a feasibility study of possible renovations to the Freedom Activity Center. Commissioner Pratl commented that this project, although they are beginning to discuss it now, will not be in the immediate future.  The walking paths at Freedom Park should be redone and other areas of the park need to be fixed up first.  He also encouraged the Board to be thinking about putting the finishing touches on the green space at Lombard.



There was no old business to discuss.



There was no new business to discuss.





President Pratl called for a motion to adjourn at 9:24.  Motion was made by Commissioner Crout and seconded by Commissioner Egan.  All in favor, aye.  Motion carried.




_____  __Rob Lind_________________

Rob Lind, Secretary

Chicago Ridge Park District


Approved by the Board of Commissioners on this 22nd day of  August, 2012.


 _______Rob Lind_________________


Chicago Ridge Park District


Chicago Ridge Park District