May 13, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 18 August 2015 10:37


Regular Committee/Board Meeting of the

Board of Commissioners


May 13, 2015



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



The following commissioners were present:  Commissioners Crout, Conrad, Egan, Lind and Pratl.   Also present: Director King, Attorney Stillman, 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 Superintendent Malito for his report


Superintendent’s Report

Recreation Superintendent Malito reported on the progress of the mural.  Weather has been somewhat prohibitive, but project is moving along.  No completion date as of yet.


There were 44 participants for the Mother/Son Bowling event.


The new vending machine was delivered to Frontier on May 6th.  It has been stocked and ready for use.


Senior Luncheon was Tuesday, May 12th.  There were 60 participants.


Day Camp has over 50 children registered.  All field trips have been reserved.  Staff meeting is scheduled for June 9th.  There have been a few financial assistance requests submitted; deadline for these is June 10th.


The Tiny Tot Prom was Friday, May 8th; the Tiny Tot graduation was Wednesday, May 13th and the year-end celebration will be on Thursday, May 14th.


Superintendent Malito also reported that the new intern starts next week.



Chair Report

Commissioner Egan reported that he is pleased with the proactive approach to the weed prevention at Ball Fore by the maintenance staff.  Also in regard to Ball Fore, Commissioner Egan stated that he has been speaking with Maintenance Supervisor Biskey regarding the operation of the batting cages and reviewing the daily logs.  He will be staying on top of this to insure that the cages are running smoothly.


Commissioner Egan complimented the staff on maintaining the fields.


The new sod at the Menard Playground is finally taking root and looking good.  He also reported that wood chips will be added soon to the other parks.  He then gave the floor to Supervisor Biskey for additional report.


Director King interjected a comment regarding the cages at Ball Fore stating that there has been some miscommunication among the community regarding availability of cages and that there are 2 cages reserved and available for rental while the other ones are open for walk-ins. 


Supervisor’s Report

Maintenance Supervisor Biskey reported on the maintenance staff preparations for the set up and take down for the Tiny Tot Prom.


Other maintenance duties included weeding at Ball Fore, watering the new sod around the playground at Menard, cutting and trimming park grounds and maintaining the fields.


In regard to Ball Fore, Supervisor Biskey reported that the batting cage cover needs repair or replacement.  Key Carpet was out to assess it, but they were not interested in fixing or replacing it.  The maintenance staff repaired it for the time being.


Supervisor Biskey reported that there are a few dead trees around the parks.  He spoke with John’s Tree Service and can get a break on the price for removal if there are 10 or more trees to remove.


The asphalt work at Menard Park will be done Memorial Day weekend depending on the weather.


Director’s Report

Director King reported on the opening of the new playground at Menard which was Monday, April 20th.  This project was completed on time and on budget.  The planter box is completed and the asphalt will be done soon. 


New sod will be put down to replace some dead grass at Freedom Park by next week.


The Board was given the results of the infrared testing done at Frontier Fieldhouse.  The Park District received a good rating – no hazards were identified.  Director King did state that he informed PDRMA of a concern he had that the technician did not use personal protective equipment (PPE) when opening the electrical panel.  PDRMA responded by stating that they will follow up with the vendor, but that no PPE was necessary for this type of inspection.


Director King stated that he is waiting for more information from the security firm that he is looking at to patrol the parks before making a recommendation.  There was some discussion regarding the quote that was presented.


The budget ordinance will be adopted at the next meeting. 


The Board was given a quote for the repairs to the divider curtain.  Director King recommended doing the repairs as opposed to buying new at this point.  The Board was in agreement.


Maximum Exposure is a company looking to do some basketball clinics at Frontier Fieldhouse.  Information about the facility was sent to them.


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



Chair Report

Commissioner Lind had nothing to report at this time.  There was some discussion regarding the minimum wage increase that may be coming and how it will affect the Park District.



Chair Report

Commissioner Conrad encouraged the Board to be thinking about fall projects.  He brought up the possibility of putting in bushes/plants by the water fountain in Freedom Park.  Director King said that he would need to look into the feasibility of that.


Commissioner Conrad also stated that he would like something else put in at the Lombard Park meditation area.


The Board reviewed the permit requests that were submitted:  Our Lady of the Ridge Youth Ministry which is a local Not-For-Profit organization and Palos Park Episcopal Daycare which is a non-resident organization.  Fees for the Palos Park Episcopal Daycare will be the same as last year.


There was extensive discussion regarding the permit request from the Southwest Co-Op (annual picnic for the hearing impaired).  Commissioner Pratl asked if this request covered 51% residency.  Commissioner Conrad said no, that it covered him and that the children would be coming from outside towns.  Commissioner Conrad stated that there have not been any issues approving the request in the three years the Park District has allowed this picnic; however, Commissioner Pratl responded that there are some issues now. 


Commissioner Pratl noted that the request included an extensive list of park district assets to be used.  Commissioner Egan asked about the rental cost for the assets requested.  Attorney Stillman recommended approving the permit request subject to and following the policies that the Park District already has in place for such requests.  Commissioner Pratl stated that the permit request should either be approved according to the residency policies or that, as the sponsor, Dave Conrad be required to pay the rental fees.  Director King was asked to put together a price list for the items requested.  Discussion ensued.


Commissioner Pratl informed the Board that he has been in contact with the Mayor regarding the Ridge Fest permit.  The permit for this year has been forwarded to the Village for signature and has not been received back as of this date.  He also informed the Board that there will not be a Fest Committee as in the past.  Commissioner Pratl will be the primary contact for the Park District regarding the Fest.



There was no old business to discuss.



Attorney Stillman read the Oath of Office for the swearing in of Commissioners Pratl and Crout. Commissioners Pratl and Crout were congratulated on their re-election.



There was no need to enter into Executive Session.



President Pratl called for a motion to adjourn at 8:58pm.  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 22nd day of July, 2015.


 ___ Robert Lind ________________

Robert Lind, Secretary

Chicago Ridge Park District

Chicago Ridge Park District