Setpember 12, 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 09:35

Regular Committee/Board Meeting of the

Board of Commissioners


September 12, 2012



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



The following commissioners were present:  Commissioners Crout, Lind, Egan – absent with notice, 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 gave the floor to Recreation Superintendent Malito for his report.


Superintendent’s Report

Superintendent Malito reported on Tiny Tot registration stating that they currently have 18 children signed up for the four-year-old class and 19 for the three-year-old class and four approved financial assistance applications.


He has been inquiring about laser light shows for the 45th anniversary celebration and will present the quotes to the Board for consideration when received. 


Arborist companies have been contacted for quotes to survey the Park District’s trees. 


Superintendent Malito reported on the RAH program which has been averaging 50 children per day.  Everything is going well.


Fitness evaluations were passed out and the results will be compiled and given to the Board at the October Board meeting.


The Disney on Ice Treasure Trove trip is scheduled for Saturday, September 15th. 


The new Zumba class started with 21 people participating.


There was discussion regarding prices for the the Polar Express event.  The Board agreed to raise the price for this event to $12.00 as well as having a one-two week resident only registration prior to opening registration to nonresidents.


The Board also discussed the upcoming Breakfast with Santa event.  Discussion included venue which will remain at Freedom as it is easier to decorate and will be for one day as two weekends are already taken by the Polar Express event.


Chair Report

Commissioner Conrad reported that the new A/C unit has been installed at Freedom.  All the units have now been replaced at Freedom.  He also reported that the parks are looking good; however, the Village has not yet replaced the sod at Freedom Park and he suggested giving them a call.  Commissioner Pratl said he would address that issue under Special Projects.  Commissioner Conrad then gave the floor to Maintenance Supervisor, Jeff Biskey, for his report.


Supervisor’s Report

Maintenance Supervisor Biskey reported that the staff has been cutting, weeding and trimming all parks.  They have begun turning over the baseball fields as well.  Freedom Park has been aerated and slit seeded and is looking good.


Other completed maintenance jobs included re-striping the parking lot at Menard, and bringing the vehicles in for oil changes.


In regard to facilities, Supervisor Biskey reported that the Tiny Tot’s room was cleaned, painted and the floor was waxed.  The upstairs classroom was cleaned and the floor was waxed.


Lily Pad is now closed for the season.  Supervisor Biskey reported that they had a great season with no significant problems.  He also reported that Ball Fore is running well.


There were two rentals for the weekend.


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


Director King informed the Board that they will need to consider hiring another full time maintenance staff person.  President Pratl said they will table this discussion until they go into Executive Session.



Chair Report

Commissioner Lind opened discussion regarding the lease agreement with the Chicago Ridge Athletic Association.  Director King informed the Board that the lease will expire 4/30/2013. Commissioner Pratl said they would be looking for a new agreement.  Discussion ensued regarding fees, concession, repairs, etc.  Director King commented that they should have the new agreement before the next baseball season begins. 


Director King brought attention to the information provided by Speer Financial regarding the Series 2012 G.O. Park Bonds outlining the monies available for capital project purposes.



Chair Report

Director King opened discussion regarding the 45th anniversary celebration.  He recommended having a longer one-day event and changing the date to July as it replaces the annual Salute to Ridge Kids event and, being summer time, they would be able to get the most out of the day.  After discussion, the Board agreed to a full one-day summer event.  Commissioner Pratl stated that he had been in contact with the Village and informed the Board that the Village has agreed to put the Park District on next year’s vehicle sticker if the Park would design it.


As a side note, Commissioner Pratl also stated that he spoke with the Village about the tree that still needs replacing and the Village agreed to replace it whenever the Park was ready.  Director King suggested waiting until the tree survey was completed and they decide how many and what kinds of trees they will be getting.


Director’s Report

Director King opened discussion regarding the repair expenses from the Ridge Fest.  The Board was given a breakdown of the cost.  The Board approved the invoice to be sent to the Village. 


The Board was given information on completing the OMA on-line training.


The Board was given a report from the Department of Public Health regarding Ball Fore.  The facility scored 100%.  Director King complimented the staff on keeping a well-maintained, clean facility. 


The bleachers have been repaired; curtains and nets have also been repaired.  Director King informed the Board that he has talked with Attorney Stillman regarding Floors, Inc.  He should have more information on this at the next meeting.


Director King informed the Board that the C.R.A.A. has a new president, Ron Dryer,  and thanked Rob Lind for all the help he has given the Park District as the Chicago Ridge Athletic Association President. 


Commissioner Pratl noted that State Representative Kelly Burke will be at the next meeting.


Director King informed the Board that the Oak Lawn Park District is not interested in subsidizing the RAH fee for Oak Lawn residents who attend Ridge Lawn School and that they suggested the residents contact the Village of Oak Lawn or the School District for help.  Commissioner Pratl suggested talking to Attorney Stillman about drafting a letter to the Oak Lawn Park District Board of Commissioners.


Ring of Honor has a live-stream internet show coming up on September 15th and a pay-per-view event scheduled for next year.



There was no old business to discuss.



There was no new business to discuss.



President Pratl called for a motion to enter into Executive Session for the purpose of discussion the employment of specific employee(s) and the discussion of imminent/pending litigation at 9:14pm.  Motion was made by Commissioner Crout and seconded by Commissioner Conrad.

Roll Call

Ayes:              Commissioner Crout, Lind, Conrad, Pratl

Nays:              None

Abstain:         None

Motion Carried.



The Board entered back into open session at 9:40pm. 

Roll Call:

The following commissioners were present:  Commissioner Crout, Lind, Conrad, Pratl.

Also present:  Director King



President Pratl called for a motion to adjourn at 9:40pm.  Motion was made by Commissioner Lind and seconded by Commissioner Crout.  All in favor, aye.  Motion carried.




_____  __Rob Lind _________________

Rob Lind, Secretary

Chicago Ridge Park District


Approved by the Board of Commissioners on this 26th day of September, 2012.


 ______Rob Lind_ _________________


Chicago Ridge Park District


Chicago Ridge Park District