October 24, 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 13:14


Regular Meeting of the Board of Commissioners

CHICAGO RIDGE PARK DISTRICT

October 24, 2012

 

CALL TO ORDER

President Pratl called the meeting to order at 8:07pm.

 

ROLL CALL

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

Also present: Director King and Maintenance Supervisor 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 September 26, 2012.  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 approve the Regular Committee/Board Meeting of the Board of Commissioners dated October 10, 2012.  Motion was made by Commissioner Conrad and seconded by Commissioner Crout.

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

In the absence of Commissioner Lind, President Pratl called for a motion to approve the cash disbursements for September/October in the amount of $54,861.40.  Motion was made by Commissioner Egan and seconded by Commissioner Conrad.

Roll Call

Ayes:              Commissioner Crout, Egan, Conrad, Pratl

Nays:              None

Abstain:         None

Motion Carried.

 

REPORTS

President:    

President Pratl complimented and thanked the District on behalf of the Our Lady of the Ridge football program for the outstanding condition of the fields.  He also thanked the staff for setting up the bon fire and the parade for the homecoming weekend.

 

Attorney:

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

 

Director:

Director King updated the Board on his visit to the U.S.P.M.G.A. Master’s Open Tournament in Myrtle Beach.  Director King commented that he heard many good comments from players on the U.S. Open recently hosted by the Chicago Ridge Park District.  He also stated that Bob Detwiler of the U.S.P.M.G.A. announced the awarding of the Western Open, a new event, to the Chicago Ridge Park District. 

 

In regard to the NRPA Conference, Director King commented that they looked at a few things that they are considering.  The Board was given a handout for a new item for a down-loadable, on-the-go fitness program called QRFit which may be placed along the walking paths or possibly at the Frontier fitness center.  Commissioner Conrad also recommended the program.

 

In regard to Frontier leagues, Director King reported that the basketball leagues were good, but that they have concerns regarding the volleyball leagues.  At this point, they are low on teams and may not be able to run a league.   The meeting has been postponed until November 4th to give a couple of extra weeks for sign ups. 

 

Director King reported that he is working with the Fire Department who will be using Commissioner’s parking lot several times in the next few weeks for training for them and for on-call fire fighters. 

 

In regard to the PDRMA contract, Director King informed the Board that Attorney Stillman is reviewing it and he would like the Board to authorize him and Director King to pursue other options for insurance.

 

In regard to the 45th Anniversary Celebration, Director King informed the Board that he is getting some information regarding some rides, i.e. the merry-go-round.  This would need to be set up the day before and taken down the day after instead of same day as previously desired, which will affect location.

 

COMMITTEES:

Recreation: 

Commissioner Crout commented that she like the cover of the winter brochure.  She also encouraged the Board to take advantage of the Halloween events this coming weekend.

 

Commissioner Pratl commented that he reviewed the preliminary brochure and was pleased with the new trips being offered. 

 

Commissioner Pratl asked about the meeting with the arborist.  Maintenance Supervisor Biskey stated that although the arborist began his inspection, it began to rain and he quit for the day.  The arborist was scheduled to come back on Wednesday; however, he did not show.  The arborist is tagging the trees and will be putting together a report.

 

Maintenance:

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

 

Supervisor Biskey reported that they have not had any problems at any of the facilities.  Ball Fore has been decorated for the annual Halloween activities; and Freedom Activity Center was thoroughly cleaned after the O.L.O.R. breakfast.

 

He also reported that he and Maintenance Worker Mike Hennigan attended a P.D.R.M.A. Defensive Driving class on Thursday, October 18th.  Although it was basic training, there were a lot of good reminders.

 

Other items taken care of by maintenance staff included:  grass cutting, trimming, weeding and mulching; washing off graffiti at Menard park; setting up a pumpkin patch/hayride for Ms. Coni’s classes and filling in depressions with limestone rock at the bus lot and maintenance yard.

 

Maintenance Supervisor Biskey then exited the meeting.

 

Special Projects: 

Commissioner Egan had nothing new to report.  Commissioner Pratl opened discussion regarding the tree inspection and asked if we had any more information.  Director King commented that he was hoping to have the information at the meeting, but will be contacting the company to see when a report can be expected.  Director King also commented that he would like to be able to discuss a plan of action by November to be implemented in April, 2013.

 

Commissioner Pratl also opened discussion regarding the grassy area behind Lombard as it needs to be developed for more than a “hang out” for kids.  The board was encouraged to come up with ideas for that area as well as for the skate park area, pavilion and the anniversary celebration.

 

Commissioner Pratl stated that he will be looking for a motion to cancel the November 28th meeting and December 26th meeting at the next Board meeting.

 

President Pratl asked the Board if they were in agreement as to authorizing Attorney Stillman and Director King to explore other insurance options.  The Board was in agreement.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

There was no old business to discuss.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

There was no need to enter into Executive Session.

 

ADJOURN

President Pratl called for a motion to adjourn at 8:56pm.  Motion was made by Commissioner Conrad and seconded by Commissioner Egan.

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 November, 2012.

 

____Rob Lind____________________

Secretary Chicago Ridge Park District    

 
Chicago Ridge Park District