August 14, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 August 2013 09:41

Regular Committee/Board Meeting of the

Board of Commissioners


August 14, 2013



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



The following commissioners were present:  Commissioners Crout, Lind absent with notice, Egan, Conrad (en route) and Pratl.   Also present: Director King, Recreation Superintendent Malito, Maintenance Supervisor Biskey, and former maintenance worker Mark Morrone and his wife Chris Morrone.



Everyone participated in the Pledge of Allegiance. 



President Pratl acknowledged Mr. Morrone’s retirement making a few comments regarding his faithful service over the years.  The Board and Director King expressed their appreciation, wished him the best of luck and presented him with a plaque and gift certificate.  Pictures were taken.  Mr. and Mrs. Morrone then exited the meeting.

Director King also informed the Board that Ms. Kathy Lynch, part-time office staff, retired as well.



Chair Report

Commissioner Crout asked Recreation Superintendent Malito about the registration for the Illinois Open. Recreation Superintendent Malito reported that there were 7 participants signed up and they will be running this event on Saturday, August 17th.


Superintendent’s Report

Recreation Superintendent Malito also reported that they currently have 32 participants signed up for the R.A.H. program.  Day Camp ended on Friday, August 9th – it was another great year for day camp.


The Navy Pier trip was Saturday, August 10th, they had 15 participants.  The men’s basketball league has 16 teams and will run from August 12 – November 25.


Recreation Superintendent Malito also reported on the registrations for the Tiny Tots classes, the Kite Fly and some new dance classes for younger children.


Commissioner Conrad asked about the plans for the Polar Express.  Recreation Superintendent Malito reported that the dates were set and Mr. & Mr. Claus were available.  There was some discussion regarding judging of the holiday house decorating.  Commissioner Pratl also stated that there should be on-line registration for anyone wishing to enter their house for the contest.





Chair Report

Commissioner Conrad commented that the maintenance department is still short-handed but staff has been doing a good job keeping up with everything.  He also commented that they will need to discuss the skate park as there has been damage to the fence and they continue to have problems with graffiti. 


Supervisor’s Report

Maintenance Supervisor Biskey reported that the lights have been fixed at Ball Fore.  He also reported that he met with Kamphuis Landscaping, Inc. regarding some landscaping issues at this facility.  One tree in particular has died and will need to be replaced as well as some of the bushes in the front.  Kamphuis suggested removing the tree and putting in different bushes.  Kamphuis will also be out in the fall to address the weed problem. 


The floors at Freedom were stripped and waxed in preparation for the fall season.  Director King commented that snow fence should be put up to protect the new seed that was put down in Freedom Park.


Maintenance staff is in the process of replacing wood chips at some of the parks.  All buses have passed their inspections; however, the dump truck’s engine is shot.  The Board will need to discuss possibly purchasing a new one.


Maintenance Supervisor Biskey reported that they have had a lot of rentals of tables and chairs.  Commissioner Conard suggested that due to the wear and tear on the tables, they may need to purchase some new ones that will only be used for the park district and not rented out.  Discussion ensued.


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



Chair Report

Commissioner Lind was not at the meeting.  The Board was given the revenue report from September & October of the last three years for Ball Fore.  After some discussion, the Board agreed to have this facility open only on the weekends in September and close at the end of September.  Director King had some suggestions for alternative activities to the Spooktacular.



Chair Report

Commissioner Egan had nothing to report at this time.  Director King opened discussion regarding the skate park, suggesting they take it out this fall.  The Board agreed. The Board also discussed ideas for this space; i.e. basketball court, landscaping, pavilion, etc. 


Director King also reported that they will need to remove the outside benches at Frontier as they have been vandalized beyond repair.


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 at 8:53 pm for the discussion of the employment of specific employee(s) and discussion of imminent/pending litigation.  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.



The Board entered back into Open Session at 9:03pm.  Everyone was present.  No action was taken on Executive Session items.



President Pratl called for a motion to adjourn at 9:03.  Motion was made by Commissioner Crout and seconded by Commissioner Egan.  All in favor, aye.  Motion carried.





Robert Lind_________

Robert Lind, Secretary

Chicago Ridge Park District


Approved by the Board of Commissioners on this 28th day of August, 2013.


__Robert Lind___________

Robert Lind, Secretary

Chicago Ridge Park District


Chicago Ridge Park District