Meeting Minutes

January 22, 2015 City Council Meeting Minutes

MINUTES_ICON

CALL TO ORDER

The regular meeting of the Hickory Hills City Council was called to order by Mayor Mike Howley on Thursday, January 22, 2015, at 7:37 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Mayor Howley led the Pledge of Allegiance.

ROLL CALL

Upon roll call, the following were present:

  • Mayor, M. Howley

  • Aldermen, D. Ferrero
    B. Fonte
    T. McAvoy
    M. McHugh
    J. Szeszycki
    B. Waight
    S. Zimmerman
  • City Clerk, D. Catizone
  • City Treasurer, D. Schramm
  • City Engineer, M. Spolar
  • Police Chief, A. Vodicka
  • Public Works Director, L. Boettcher
  • Building Commissioner, J. Moirano

Alderman Stachnik was absent. There being a quorum present, the meeting was called to order.

OPEN TO PUBLIC

Alderman Ferrero moved to open the meeting to the public. Alderman McAvoy second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, McAvoy, McHugh, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.

No one spoke during this portion of the meeting.

CLOSE TO PUBLIC

Alderman Waight moved to close the meeting to the public. Alderman McAvoy second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, McHugh, McAvoy, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.

JOURNAL OF PROCEEDINGS

Alderman McHugh moved to approve the minutes of the regularly scheduled meeting of January 8, 2015 as printed subject to deletions or corrections. Alderman Waight second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, McHugh, McAvoy, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye.
So approved.

REPORTS OF CITY OFFICIALS

MAYOR

Mayor Howley is in receipt of a request from the PATSE Bus Service for our financial support in the amount of $14,908.96. The PATSE bus has provided 4,296 rides for the elderly and disabled, 2,167 of those rides (25 riders) are residents of Hickory Hills. Alderman Szeszycki moved to approve the amount of $14,908.96 to the PATSE Bus Service. Alderman McAvoy second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, McAvoy, McHugh, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.

CITY CLERK

No report submitted.

CITY TREASURER

Treasurer Schramm presented the Treasurer’s Report dated December 31, 2014 for approval. Alderman McHugh moved to approve the Treasurer’s Report dated December 31, 2014. Alderman Zimmerman second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, McAvoy, McHugh, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.

CITY ATTORNEY

Attorney Cainkar presented Ordinance 15-02, an ordinance
amending Section 6.10, water rates, of Chapter 6, water service, of the Hickory Hills Municipal Code by changing water rates. Attorney Cainkar noted this is the increase discussed at the last Council Meeting. Alderman Szeszycki moved to approve Ord. 15-2. Alderman Fonte second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, McHugh, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. Alderman McAvoy nay. So approved.

Attorney Cainkar presented Ordinance 15-3, an ordinance amending Section 7.09, basis for wastewater service charges, of Chapter 7, sanitary sewer service, of the Hickory Hills Municipal Code by changing sanitary sewer rates. Alderman Ferrero moved to approve Ord. 15-3. Alderman Szeszycki second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. Aldermen McAvoy, McHugh nay. So approved.

CITY ENGINEER

Mike Spolar presented Invoice #125514 from D. Construction for work done on the 2014 miscellaneous resurfacing MFT 14-00000-01-GM pay estimate #2 (final) in the amount of $22,876.22. Alderman McHugh moved to approve Invoice #125514 in the amount of $22,876.22. Alderman Ferrero second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, McAvoy, McHugh, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.

Mike Spolar presented Resolution 15-01, a resolution appropriating the sum of $475,000.00 of Motor Fuel Tax funds for the purpose of maintaining streets and highways under the applicable provisions of the Illinois Highway Code from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015. Alderman Szeszycki moved to approve Resolution 15-01. Alderman Zimmerman second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, McAvoy, McHugh, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.

COMMUNICATIONS

BILLS PAYABLE

Alderman Szeszycki moved to approve the bills payable for the second half of January, 2015 in the amount of $319,823.82. Alderman McHugh second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, McAvoy, McHugh, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.

STANDING COMMITTEES

Szeszycki/Finance

Alderman Szeszycki distributed and reviewed the latest video gaming revenues.

Stachnik/Public Safety

Chief Vodicka distributed the Police Quarterly Report from October through December 2014. On pages 3 and 4, it provides a summary of the chronic nuisance properties.

Chief Vodicka announced the Hickory Hills Blood Drive will be held this Sunday, January 25th at the Community Center.

Zimmerman/Public Works

Mr. Boettcher reported Public Works is in need to redirect budgeted building upgrades at Pump House #2 to replace a 10” inch feeder line pipe that has deteriorated near the chlorine addition area. Public Works will issue a purchase order to Metropolitan Industries in the amount of $9,800.00 for this pipe replacement. No objections were noted.

Mr. Boettcher noted Public Works has initiated the residential water meter replacement program for the smallest area of the City which has 153 private meters. Eighty letters were sent out as of Monday of this week. Public Works will have installed 22 meters by week end. These meters are radio read Flex Net and can be read with drive by at any time. There was some discussion on replacing the meters at Parkview Apartments.

Mr. Boettcher stated 100 packets were mailed regarding the City Wide Parkway Tree Program. Only 4 residents have responded. Public Works has made many phone calls. Public Works will send out more letters for a different section. This may be put in the newsletter. Alderman McAvoy offered to assist with this program.

McHugh/Bldg./Facilities

Alderman McHugh reported the microphone was repaired at the Community Center. He also noted the stage at the Community Center had a new floor installed. The carpet will be replaced in the spring.

Alderman McHugh noted there was a burst pipe in the City Hall vestibule. In addition, floor mats are being requested for the entrance areas of City Hall. Bids are being taken and the cost would be approximately $600.00 a year. No objections were noted.

Waight/Laws & Ordinances

No report submitted.

Fonte/Health & Environmental Control

No report submitted.

Ferrero/Community Affairs/Youth Advisory

No report submitted.

McAvoy/Chamber Business Development

No report submitted.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

None.

NEW BUSINESS

None.

ADJOURNMENT

Alderman Ferrero moved to adjourn the meeting until the next scheduled or specially called meeting. Alderman Waight second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, McAvoy, McHugh, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.

Meeting adjourned at 8:08 p.m.