City of Countryside
Recreation Committee Meeting
Tuesday, July 10, 2012 6:00 P.M. Chamber Room

I. Call meeting to order.

II. Roll call.

Alderman James Jasinski – Chairman

Alderman Sean McDermott

Alderman Robert Pondelicek

Mayor Ed Krzeminski – Ex-Officio

III. Approval of Minutes – June 25, 2012.

IV. Discussion on Park District of LaGrange Intergovernmental Agreement.

V. Other Committee Business.

Announcement of OSLAD Grant Award: $199,900.00 for the Triangle Area Park. Staff will provide a brief update on the timeline for the project.

VI. Adjournment.

July 10, 2012 6:00 PM


Meeting was called to order at 6:00 pm. Upon roll call the following were present:

Jim Jasinski, Chairman

Bob Pondelicek, Alderman

Members Absent:

Sean McDermott, Alderman

Mayor Ed Krzeminski, Ex-Officio

Also present:

Karen Michalczyk, Alderman

Scott Musillami, Alderman

Sharon Sweeney, City Clerk

Erik Peck, City Attorney

Gail Paul, City Administrator

Sharon Peterson, Assistant City Administrator

Jim Essig, Public Works Superintendent

Bryan Swanson, Community Development Planner

1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES – June 25, 2012 – upon motion made, the minutes were approved.


Assistant City Administrator Peterson passed out the draft Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) between the City of Countryside and Park District of LaGrange. Chairman Jasinski discussed the draft IGA with members of the committee. Attorney Peck stated that the Park District’s Attorney received a copy of the draft IGA that afternoon, and would have comments back to Mr. Peck by Friday, July 13th.

Gerrie Sobe, 5605 Kensington inquired about the rates Countryside residents would have to pay for programs. Chairman Jasinski explained to Ms. Sobe and members of the audience that Countryside residents would be treated as if they were LaGrange residents, and would pay the resident rate for all Park District programs. The Chair went on to explain that the IGA also covers the use of the City fields and facilities at Ideal School. The Park District would have the use of these facilities and in exchange, Countryside residents are treated as if they are LaGrange residents. Ms. Sobe questioned how this would affect Flagg Creek Golf Course. Alderman Musillami responded that that is something that is currently pending and will be addressed in the future. Alderman Pondelicek wanted to ensure that the Ponytail Softball program is addressed in the IGA; this program is a success and Ald. Pondelicek would like to make sure that LaGrange continues to run the program. Alderman Michalczyk questioned how the residents in Ward 2 are addressed. It was explained that all Countryside residents; regardless of their Ward, would be treated as if they were LaGrange residents and afforded the Park District programs at the resident rate.

Brian Cantwell, 5841 Longview inquired if there would be any money changing hands between the two governmental entities. Chairman Jasinski explained that there would not be any money changing hands; this was all voluntary. Ms. Sobe questioned the status of the Recreation Committee; if there are resident concerns about the recreation programs offered, who do they bring their concerns to. All questions, concerns and suggestions would still be handled by the Assistant City Administrator. Chairman Jasinski stated that the Recreation Committee would still be in existence, the Committee handles the Special Events for the City, as well as two Ad Hoc Committees. Attorney Peck went on to explain that the Park District would handle all of the programs, registration and the brochures, but any resident issues would still be handled through the City. After discussion, the Committee was directed to review the draft IGA and to submit their comments to Ms. Peterson by Monday, July 16th. Ms. Peterson would them compile all of the comments and email them to Attorney Peck on Tuesday, July 17th. This item will be referred to the City Council for final approval at either the July 25, 2012 meeting, or the August 8, 2012 meeting.

  • Ms. Peterson updated the Committee on the recent award of the OSLAD grant for the Triangle Area Park. The Grant Agreement will be presented to the City Council for execution at the July 25, 2012 meeting.

  • There being no further recreation business, the meeting adjourned at 6:14 pm.

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    Dated James Jasinski, Chair