1 month ago on 05/03/2017 at 9:32 AM
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First all the problems with the splash pad at Prospect Park and now the new playground at Jaycee Park in Park Ridge. Is the Park Ridge Park District cutting corners to "save money"? Because that just seems to be creating more expense. Is this why our park district programs are so expensive? So we can pay to have everything re-done?

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1 month ago on 05/03/2017 at 9:50 AM

Yikes!

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1 month ago on 05/03/2017 at 9:58 AM

Yes, I believe the board got together (probably in a closed meeting) and said they would hike the prices of programs on purpose to constantly re-do parks, . parks that they, on purpose messed up in the first place. It's all a thick plotted scheme to anger every resident all across the city so we end up taking classes in another suburb until finally the PRPD has to shut down. Then and only then, can the VOLUNTEERS go back to their normal lives and not have to make decisions all the time for the greater good of the entire city.

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1 month ago on 05/03/2017 at 10:00 AM

I know there needs to be research about slippery splash pads and water drainage before you start a project, but please don' slam the PD for mistakes, yes it sucks and nobody is more mad than the PD board themselves, it sucks for everyone. But not everything is related and tied together all in a nice package (the cost of classes and cost to re-do park) so don't lump all of costs into one issue.

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1 month ago on 05/03/2017 at 10:11 AM

The board and staff are not the experts on this stuff. They rely heavily on consultants for guidance on items like the two listed in this post. I'd be interested to see if there is a common consultant/engineer/designer on these projects. if so, these should be the last projects that firm works on for the Park District (and other entities). It could also be a mistake during the actual construction phase. Also, please send whoever is responsible the bills for the unexpected "phase two" of both projects.

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1 month ago on 05/03/2017 at 12:14 PM

The contractor cut a water line and will pay for the repair and the water bill. Mistakes happen and then you fix them. Have you seen how lovely the new park is? Disclosure- I am a Park District Commissioner however I am not speaking on behalf of the Park District.

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1 month ago on 05/03/2017 at 12:23 PM

Thanks for the explanation, Cindy McDonald Grau. I've heard great reviews of the new park. I'll take the kids over soon.

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1 month ago on 05/03/2017 at 1:04 PM

3. A Municipality Has Broad Discretion In Choosing The Lowest Responsible Bidder Municipal officials may use discretion in choosing the "lowest responsible bidder". Essentially, the term "lowest responsible bidder" contemplates that the bidder will satisfactorily complete the contract. Hallett v. City of Elgin, 254 Ill. 343 (1912). A contract may be awarded to one who is not the lowest bidder where there is a sound or reasonable basis for the award. Cardinal Glass Company v. Board of Education, 113 Ill. App. 3d 442 (1983). For example, it has been held proper to refuse to award a contract to the lowest bidder who had no prior experience relating to the requested task. In addition, it is a proper exercise of discretion to accept a bid where the contractor promised to furnish better quality materials than the lowest bidder. 27 ALR. 2d 917. http://www.lib.niu.edu/1988/im881013.html

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1 month ago on 05/03/2017 at 1:07 PM

If you haven't noticed, there's a lot of standing water everywhere. Maybe I should start bashing the Army corps of Engineers because Campground Road is flooded for the millionth time. FFS, give it a rest!

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1 month ago on 05/03/2017 at 3:36 PM

Well, that was interesting. While my sister is, in fact, Michelle Nye, and we do, of course, love each other . . it is refreshing to be on the same side of a passionate squabble with her. Anyone who knows Michelle and me will confirm that we both strongly maintain our own individual viewpoints. She's no pushover, and she certainly doesn't spend much time "carrying water" for others, including me. And I wouldn't want it any other way.

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1 month ago on 05/03/2017 at 3:39 PM

Kathy, to answer your questions. . Is the Park Ridge Park District cutting corners to "save money"? NO. Is this why our park district programs are so expensive, so we can pay to have everything re-done? NO.

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1 month ago on 05/03/2017 at 3:54 PM

I love this thread! "Siblings will take different paths and life may separate them. but they will forever be bonded by having begun their journey in the same boat. " Learning a lot about our community.

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1 month ago on 05/03/2017 at 4:06 PM

Mel P. Thillens, can you provide some background about how the surface was chosen for the splash pad at Prospect Park? Did we specify what type we wanted when we put the proposal out to bid?

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1 month ago on 05/04/2017 at 4:51 PM

I know a good carpal tunnel surgeon ladies.

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