March 13, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 March 2013 11:28

Regular Committee/Board Meeting of the

Board of Commissioners


March 13, 2013



President Pratl called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm.



The following commissioners were present:  Commissioners Crout, Lind en route, 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 gave the floor to Recreation Superintendent Malito for his report.


Superintendent’s Report

Recreation Superintendent Malito reported on the Breakfast with the Bunny event which is scheduled for Saturday, March 16th.


Recreation Superintendent Malito also reported that he put in a bid to host the Pitch Hit & Run Sectionals this year and is still waiting for a response.


The last week of instructional basketball was Saturday, March 9th.  Commissioner Pratl complimented the staff on a well-run program.


Co-ed volleyball league will have their playoffs on Friday, March 15th and the playoffs for the men’s basketball league are coming up.  The next basketball league will be starting Monday, April 8th – a couple of teams have already signed up.


The Hop-a-Thon is coming up at he is anticipating having a family affected by this disease come to the event.


New TVs have been installed in the Fitness Center.




Commissioner Pratl recommended having an instructional volleyball program in additional to the instructional basketball program.






Chair Report

Commissioner Conrad passed out some pictures of shelters/gazebo for the Board to review. He also commented that Maintenance Supervisor Biskey is checking into pond fountains for Ball Fore.  He then gave the floor to Maintenance Supervisor Biskey for his report.


Supervisor’s Report

Maintenance Supervisor Biskey reported that he is working with Vortex and Speer Corporation regarding the UV installation at the Lily Pad.  More information will be forthcoming.


Maintenance Supervisor Biskey also reported that he met with a representative from the pour ‘n play surface company and should be expecting a proposal by next meeting.  He is also still working on ideas for the meditation area at Lombard and will be meeting with another landscape company who was referred by Schroeder’s and Saunoris. 


The Ring of Honor event caused a small rip in the floor at Frontier.  It will be covered up until it is repaired.  Commissioner Conrad asked if there were any preventative measures they could take to eliminate this problem in the future.  Supervisor Biskey reported that they did use bigger/better mats this time.  The Ring of Honor organization will pay for the repairs.


Other maintenance work included replacing the TVs at Frontier Fitness Center, snow removal, and priming the lawn equipment in preparation for the upcoming spring/summer season.  The maintenance staff will be preparing the fields within the next few weeks.  E-Z Sign has been contacted to make signs for the parks. 


Director King brought attention to the quote from Sportsfields, Inc.  Some modifications are going to be made as our staff can handle some of the work themselves which will reduce the cost.  An adjusted quote and timeline should be ready for next meeting.


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



Commissioner Lind opened discussion regarding the recent tax appeal.  The Board discussed the cost of attorney’s fees in regard to the tax appeals and the feasibility of pursuing intervention. 


Discussion ensued regarding the property located at 9999 Virginia Ave. Director King reported that he has contacted the financial advisors who are working on options as to   either a) renovate Freedom; or b) purchase the Virginia Ave property.  The Board will need to discuss the usage and renovation of the building should they pursue the purchase of the Virginia Ave. building; as well as renovation ideas for Freedom. 


Commissioner Conrad opened discussion regarding the lease for the concession stand at Menard.  The Board discussed the term of the lease, fees and an out clause.  Commissioner Pratl stated that he will contact the Attorney regarding the term of the lease and the out clause.





Chair Report

Director King updated the Board regarding the 45th Anniversary Celebration.  He reported on the bands, itinerary, stage events, etc.  The Board was given a proof of the new Village Sticker depicting the 45th anniversary and Lombard Park.  Director King also reported on the plans to get sponsors for this event and well as for the Western Open.


The Board was given a copy of the advertisement for the NAGA Grappling event. 



President Pratl called for a motion to adopt Resolution #2013-03 Motion to Adopt Resolution #2013-03 – Authorizing Michael B. Stillman Esq. and Elizabeth Shine Hermes Esq. to Intervene on Behalf of the Chicago Ridge Park District in the Commercial Property Tax Appeal of Lois M. Benda, 7030 W. 103rd Street, Chicago Ridge.  Motion was made by Commissioner Crout and seconded by Commissioner Lind.

Roll Call

Ayes:              Commissioner Crout, Lind, Egan, Conrad, Pratl

Nays:              None

Abstain:         None

Motion Carried.



The Board was given an e-mail from Tim Clauson of Kids Around the World with an update on the installation of the donated Freedom Park playground equipment in Haiti.  Suggestion was made to possibly put this on the website.



There was no need to enter Executive Session.



President Pratl called for a motion to adjourn at 8:30pm.  Motion was made by Commissioner Crout and seconded by Commissioner Conrad.  All in favor, aye.  Motion carried.



_____Rob Lind_ _____________

Rob Lind, Secretary

Chicago Ridge Park District


Approved by the Board of Commissioners on this 27th day of March, 2013.

____Rob Lind___ ____________


Chicago Ridge Park District


Chicago Ridge Park District