September 11, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 September 2013 09:30

Regular Committee/Board Meeting of the

Board of Commissioners


September 11, 2013



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



The following commissioners were present:  Commissioners Crout, Lind absent with notice, Egan, Conrad and Pratl.   Also present: Director King, Recreation Superintendent Malito, and Maintenance Supervisor 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 registrations for the Tiny Tot program.


The White Sox trip and the Disney on Ice trip are both coming up on September 14th.


Current registration for the RAH program is 111 children with 56 children per day.


Updates to our software program will be done within the next week to accommodate web polling for the holiday house contest voting.


Recreation Superintendent Malito also reported on the upcoming basketball and football leagues.  The whiffle ball league did not have enough teams registered for the fall.  This league will be offered again in the spring.


Recreation Superintendent Malito reported on the plans for the Halloween in the Park activities and the Polar Express events.  Commissioner Pratl suggested having hot chocolate served at the train station. Recreation Superintendent Malito will look into it.



Chair Report

Commissioner Conrad reported that he will be meeting with the Mayor of Chicago Ridge to discuss the repair costs from Ridge Fest.  In regard to purchasing a new dump truck, Commissioner Conrad reported that a dump truck is not needed at this point, but a pick-up truck is as the current pick-up truck is old.  Maintenance Supervisor Biskey is in the process of checking on prices.


Supervisor’s Report

Maintenance Supervisor reported that the Lily Pad is officially closed for the season; there were no major problems with the pumps and equipment this year.  Facility will be winterized within the next couple of weeks.


Maintenance Supervisor reported that a skylight was broken at the Lombard building over the Labor Day weekend.  Airport Glass will be replacing the glass within the next week or two.  He also reported that the Girl Scouts will be using this facility every Monday and Thursday.


All buildings and parks continue to be checked and cleaned on a daily basis.  Freedom Park has also been prepared for the upcoming O.L.O.R. football season.


The yellow sections of the skate park have been painted to cover the vandalism which continues to be a problem at this park.


All vehicles will be going in for oil changes and check-ups next week.


In regard to Ball Fore, Director King reported that the Village of Worth put in three new posts and a sign behind the facility.  Director King commented that while this was good, it may not be adequate to protect the facility. 


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


Director’s Report

Director King commented that the Maintenance Department is short one person and he will be posting a part-time maintenance position in house.  Ideally, he would like two people to cover 4-5 days. 



Chair Report

Commissioner Lind was not at the meeting.  Director King reported that he will be setting up a meeting with Dave Phillips of Speer Financial to discuss bonds at the October 23rd Board meeting.


Director King also reminded the Board that the NRPA Conference is during the week of the Regular Committee Meeting which is to be held on October 9th.  Consequently, they may not have a quorum for that meeting; in which case, that Committee meeting will be combined with the regular Board Meeting on October 23rd.



Chair Report

Commissioner Egan opened discussion regarding the skate park, basketball courts and pavilion at Freedom Park.  The Board discussed several options for this space.  Director King commented that the skate park will be removed by this November/December.


Director’s Report

Director King asked the Board to determine the term for the hold harmless agreements with O.L.O.R. and C.R.A.A.A.  After discussion, the Board agreed to make it two years.


Director King opened discussion of the renovation of Freedom Activity Center.  He would like to get started on some of the renovations that have been previously discussed.  The Board agreed.  Commissioner Pratl asked for a calendar of events so that a time frame could be worked out. The Board also agreed to have Kamphuis Landscaping, Inc. landscape the area at Frontier Fieldhouse where the benches were removed.



There was no new business to discuss. 



President Pratl informed the Board that he attended the 1st meeting for the Village’s100th anniversary celebration and brought the Board up to speed with what was discussed.  He will be the sub-committee chairman for this event and would like the help of the Board of Park Commissioners to run this event as it will be in the Freedom Park.



There was no need to enter into Executive Session.



President Pratl called for a motion to adjourn at 9:04.  Motion was made by Commissioner Crout and seconded by Commissioner Conrad.  All in favor, aye.  Motion carried.





_____Robert Lind______

Robert Lind, Secretary

Chicago Ridge Park District


Approved by the Board of Commissioners on this 25th day of September, 2013.


Robert Lind__________

Robert Lind, Secretary

Chicago Ridge Park District


Chicago Ridge Park District