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Wednesday, 03 October 2012 08:43

 

 

Regular Meeting of the Board of Commissioners

CHICAGO RIDGE PARK DISTRICT

August 22, 2012

 

CALL TO ORDER

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

 

ROLL CALL

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

Also present: Director King, Recreation Superintendent Dominic Malito and Maintenance Supervisor Jeff Biskey.

 

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 July 25, 2012, with changes.  Motion was made by Commissioner Crout and seconded by Commissioner Pratl.

Roll Call

Ayes:              Commissioner Crout, Pratl

Nays:              None

Abstain:         Commissioner Conrad

Motion Carried.

 

President Pratl called for a motion to approve the Regular Committee/Board Meeting of the Board of Commissioners dated August 8, 2012.  Motion was made by Commissioner Crout and seconded by Commissioner Conrad.

Roll Call

Ayes:              Commissioner Crout, 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 July/August in the amount of $79,905.11.  Motion was made by Commissioner Conrad and seconded by Commissioner Crout.

Roll Call

Ayes:              Commissioner Crout, Conrad, Pratl

Nays:              None

Abstain:         None

Motion Carried.

 

REPORTS

President:    

The Board was given a copy of a financial aid request for the RAH program.  President Pratl stated that Director King will be contacting Oak Lawn Park District to see if an agreement can be worked out for Oak Lawn residents who live across the street from Ridge Lawn School and want to use the Chicago Ridge Park District’s RAH program.

 

President Pratl commented that the fields are looking good and Freedom Park is coming back after Ridge Fest.  He also commented that the Ball Fore facility is looking great and the staff is outstanding.

 

President Pratl stated that he will be calling for a motion later in the meeting to approve the BINA Hearing for September 12th at 8:00. 

 

Attorney:

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

 

Director:

Director King opened discussion regarding the 45th anniversary celebration stating that a date needs to be set in order to get vendors scheduled.  After some discussion, the Board agreed to go with the 2nd or 3rd weekend in September.

 

In regard to the bond issue, Director King stated that capital improvements will be for the new pavilion and renovation of walking paths at Freedom.

 

In regard to the bleacher issue, the Board was given an updated quote from Carroll Seating. 

 

In regard to the Freedom upgrade, Director King informed the Board that he is going to try another architect as the one he has tried to contact is not returning his calls.

 

Director King gave the floor to Commissioner Conrad to report on the heating units at Freedom Activity Center.  Commissioner Conrad stated that some of the units are old and will need to be replaced.

 

The Board was given information regarding the TIF for their review as well as a notice of tax appeal for property in the Commons.

 

Director King reported that the Tiny Tot and RAH enrollment is low.  This is due in part to some other organizations in the area offering children’s programs. The coordinators are getting ready for their classes.

 

COMMITTEES:

Recreation: 

Commissioner Crout had nothing to report and gave the floor to Recreation Superintendent Malito.

 
Recreation Superintendent Malito reported that the brochures were sent out. 

 

He gave the Board a copy of the fitness survey which will be given to the fitness members.

 

There are currently 98 children registered for RAH.

 

The 2012-2013 league registration will begin on September 24th for returning teams.  There have been some questions regarding how “returning team” is defined, which they are addressing with the coaches.

 

In the Tiny Tot program there are currently 17 children registered for the 4-year-old class and 13 registered for the 3-year-old class which is down from last year.

Recreation Superintendent Malito asked the Board to consider lengthening the classes for next year to be competitive with the other area programs.  Commissioner Crout asked him to check into grants.

 

Maintenance:

Commissioner Conrad commented that the grass is coming back at Freedom Park.  He then gave the floor to Maintenance Supervisor Biskey for his report.

 

Maintenance Supervisor Biskey reported that Arnold & Co. was out to do some maintenance on the heating units at Frontier, Freedom and Lombard. 

 

In regard to the Lily Pad, it was reported that the maintenance staff had done some repairs to the play pump and it is now running fine.

 

The maintenance staff has aerated and slit seeded the grass at Freedom and will do it one more time this season; they have been watering daily, cutting grass and weeding the playgrounds.

 

In regard to the skate park, Maintenance Supervisor Biskey reported that there has been some vandalism by way of graffiti that they cleaned up.  He also reported that the equipment is old.  Director King commented that he has asked Mr. Biskey to keep track of the vandalism and man hours to maintain this equipment and stated that the Board may need to think about removing this equipment in the future.

 

Buses have been cleaned and taken for a safety test which they passed.

 

The Tiny Tot’s classroom has been cleaned and painted.

 

All of the tables and chairs have been rented out for the weekend.  Commissioner Conrad asked if they should look into purchasing more tables and chairs.  Director King said he will look into it.

 

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

 
Special Projects: 

Commissioner Egan was not at the meeting.  President Pratl returned to discussion of the 45th anniversary celebration and encouraged the Board to nail down the date by next meeting.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

There was no old business to discuss.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

President Pratl called for a motion to hold a BINA Hearing on 9/12/12 at 8:00pm.  Motion was made by Commissioner Crout and seconded by Commissioner Conrad.

Roll Call

Ayes:              Commissioner Crout, 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 8:45pm.  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 September, 2012.

______Rob Lind____________

Secretary Chicago Ridge Park District    

 
Chicago Ridge Park District