Oak Park Park District Report

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Regular Board Meeting, December 19, 2013

Joan Fiscella, observer


The meeting was held at the Hedges Administration Center.

Present:  President Jessica Bullock, Commissioners Paul Aeschleman (Vice President); Victor Guarino (Treasurer); Sandy Lentz (Secretary); David Wick. Executive Director Jan Arnold.  Mark Boland (Legal Counsel). 


President Bullock opened the meeting at 7:30 pm.  The Board approved the agenda with one addition regarding a gift.


There were no visitor comments.


Board members present approved the Consent Agenda which included: the Fund Status Report and bills for the month of November, 2013; Board minutes from the Continued Board Meeting, November 7, 2013, Committee of the Whole Meeting, November 7, 2013, Regular Board Meeting, November 21, 2013, the Board Action Calendar and the 2014 PACT Agreements.


Staff Reports:

·       Executive Director’s Report.  
In addition to the written report, Director Arnold noted that work on Ridgeland Commons was slowed because of snow.  The building is now enclosed; fencing is approximately 95% complete. 

·       Other staff reports included

o   Updates and Information – Mitch Bowlin
Advertising, in-kind support and donations have been acquired.

Old Business:


·       Buildings and Grounds/Facility Maintenance Committee

o   Landscape Contract:  The Park Board of Commissioners approved the bid submitted by Northern Illinois Landscaping Company (NILCO) of Huntley, IL, for one year for the amount of $118,750.

New Business

·       Ridgeland Common Recreation Complex Change Order – Roof Deflection

The Park Board of Commissioners approved paying for the roof deflection for an amount not to exceed $85,481.  Change was necessary because of problems seen once roof was taken off.  Contingency funds are available to cover the cost.


·       Park Foundation of Oak Park offered support for the proposed renovation of Cheney Mansion Greenhouse.  The gift is for expenses over funds budgeted for 2014-18 Capital Improvement.  The Foundation gift is to include the installation of a moveable sunshade.  The Foundation’s grant will establish a fund of $5,000.  The Park Board of Commissioners approved.



Commissioners’ Comments


In addition to wishes for happy holidays, Sandy Lenz commented on the good experiences and successes, especially in support for West Suburban Special Recreation Association and grants received.  David Wick noted that he had obtained his application to be on the ballot just a year ago.


Executive Session: none


President Bullock adjourned the meeting at 9:45.





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