August 26, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 September 2015 09:35

Regular Meeting of the Board of Commissioners

CHICAGO RIDGE PARK DISTRICT

August 26, 2015

CALL TO ORDER

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

 

ROLL CALL

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

Commissioner Lind was absent with notice.

Also present: Director King, Recreation Superintendent Malito and Maintenance Superintendent 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 July 22, 2015.  Motion was made by Commissioner Crout and seconded by Commissioner Egan.

Roll Call

Ayes:              Commissioner Crout, Egan, Pratl

Nays:              None

Abstain:         Conrad

Motion Carried.

 

President Pratl called for a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Committee/  Board Meeting of August 12, 2015.  Motion was made by Commissioner Crout and seconded by Commissioner Egan.

Roll Call

Ayes:              Commissioner Crout, Conrad, Egan, Pratl

Nays:              None

Abstain:         None

Motion Carried.

 

PUBLIC/STAFF WISHING TO ADDRESS THE BOARD

President Pratl welcomed Mr. John Macewko who informed the Board that he was there to observe.  

 

FINANCE

President Pratl remarked that he would like Director King to look into different options for the land-line phone service.  President Pratl called for a motion to approve cash disbursements for July/August in the amount of $82,471.56.   Motion was made by Commissioner Egan and seconded by Commissioner Conrad.

Roll Call

Ayes:              Commissioner Crout, Conrad, Egan, Pratl

Nays:              None

Abstain:         None

Motion Carried.

 
REPORTS

President:

Commissioner Pratl informed the Board that Attorney Stillman could not make the meeting and reported that Attorney Stillman is working on correspondence regarding a commercial FOIA request that was received by the Park District.  Attorney Stillman will also be working on a letter to Larry’s Brake Service regarding reimbursement for services rendered due to their faulty inspection report.

 

Commissioner Pratl commented that the fields look great.  Maintenance Superintendent Biskey reported on the work the staff has been doing to keep them looking great.

 

Director:

Director King reported on the progress of the Guardian Park project.  The Board was given an equipment book from Burke for their perusal; Cunningham is working on revising their proposal; and Director King showed the Board the renderings that NuToys sent.  The Board was also given a list of playgrounds featuring Burke equipment that they could drive by and see.

 

In regard to security around the parks, Director King reported that he does have an employee who is patrolling the parks from 3-8pm 3 days during the week and 1 day on the weekend using a Park District vehicle and wearing a “Security” t-shirt.  President Pratl asked Commissioner Conrad if he would contact Chicago Ridge Police Chief Pyznarski to discuss the Police Department’s responsibility to patrol the parks.  He also wants the Police Department to know that the Park District is going above and beyond by providing a “security presence” in their parks and that, if an issue arises, they will be calling the Police.

 

In regard to the Lily Pad water issue, Director King stated that the Village will need to have their meter tested.

 

In regard to Frontier Fieldhouse, Director King informed the Board that the majority of revenue for the fall will be from rentals instead of leagues as in previous years.  The Grappling Games will be hosting an event over the Labor Day weekend and Ring of Honor will be having an event on September 12th.

 

The State of Illinois came out and inspected the inflatables.  All inflatables passed the inspection and were given a permit.

 

There are two different trips for two different groups of seniors scheduled for September.

 

Director King informed the Board that the CRAA paid off their bill for the cage rental, field usage, chalk and ball mix, etc.  They are still talking about painting the garage but have not put anything in writing yet.

 

Director King reported on the recent issue concerning faulty brakes on one of the Park District’s buses that received an annual State of Illinois Inspection at Larry’s Brake Service.  This issue was not discovered during the inspection as it should have been and consequently caused the Park District to suffer a serious safety concern and cost them additional monies for repair by another company.  The Park District’s Attorney is drafting a letter requesting reimbursement from Larry’s Brake Service for these repairs.

 

COMMITTEES:

Recreation:

Commissioner Crout asked about the first week of RAH.  Recreation Superintendent Maltio reported that they currently have about 100 children registered.  They have an all veteran staff to run this program this year.

 

Lily Pad has not opened this week due to the cooler weather.  Lily Pad and Ball Fore   are now on “Fall Hours” until they close for the season.

 

Recreation Superintendent Malito reported on the rentals for Frontier.  There was some discussion about having a basketball tournament over Thanksgiving break.

 

Tiny Tots preschool starts Tuesday, September 8th for the three-year-old class and September 9th for the four-and-five-year-old class. Open House was August 24th.

 

Recreation Superintendent Maltio also reported on the upcoming Halloween events.

 

Maintenance:

Commissioner Egan gave the floor to Maintenance Superintendent Biskey for his report.

 

Maintenance Superintendent Biskey reported that he met with Tom Kamphuis from Doran’s Landscape to discuss the saturated ground issue at Menard Park.  Based on Tom’s analysis, Maintenance Superintendent Biskey reported that the maintenance staff will try to fix the problem themselves.

 

Maintenance Superintendent Biskey also reported that the maintenance staff has done a deep cleaning of the Freedom Activity Center in preparation for the RAH & Tiny Tot programs that are starting up.

 

Maintenance Superintendent Biskey is working on compiling a list of possible upgrades and replacements for the Ball Fore facility.  Pricing will be forthcoming.

 

He is still waiting for the new water fountain that the Village is supposed to be ordering to replace the one that was broken during the Ridge Fest.

 

Commissioner Pratl asked if Mohawk Electric was contacted regarding some electrical work that needs to be done.  Maintenance Superintendent Biskey stated that he has not been able to get a hold of them.  Commissioner Pratl asked the Board to let him know if anyone knows of an electrician/firm that could do some work around the Park District.

 

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

 

Special Projects: 

Commissioner Conrad stated that the two projects they are working on are Guardian Park and the Lombard meditation area.  He informed the Board that he will be looking for ideas at the NRPA Conference coming up.  There was some discussion regarding Guardian Park. 

 

 

OLD BUSINESS:

There was no old business to discuss.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

There was no new business to discuss.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

There was no need to enter Executive Session.

 

ADJOURN

President Pratl called for a motion to adjourn at 9:06pm.  Motion was made by Commissioner Crout and seconded by Commissioner Egan.   All in favor, everyone responded aye.  Motion Carried.

 

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

_ __Robert Lind_____________________________

Robert Lind, Secretary Chicago Ridge Park District

 

 

 

Approved by the Board of Commissioners on this 23rd day of September, 2015

 

___ ___ Robert Lind_________________________

Robert Lind, Secretary Chicago Ridge Park District 

 

 

 
Chicago Ridge Park District