CALL TO ORDER
The regular meeting of the Hickory Hills City Council was called to order by City Clerk D’Lorah Catizone on Thursday, June 23, 2016, at 7:31 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers.
Clerk Catizone stated Mayor Howley will not be in attendance due to a work commitment. A Mayor Pro Tem motion will be needed at this time.
Alderman Stachnik moved to approve Alderman Scott Zimmerman as Mayor Pro Tem. Alderman Fonte second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, McAvoy, McHugh, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Mayor Pro Tem Zimmerman led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Upon roll call, the following were present:
- Aldermen, D. Ferrero
- City Clerk, D. Catizone
- City Treasurer, D. Schramm
- City Attorney, V. Cainkar
- City Engineer, M. Spolar
- Police Lt, T. Stevens
- Assist. Public Works Director, S. Lehr
- Building Commissioner, J. Moirano
Mayor Howley and Public Works Director Larry Boettcher were absent. There being a quorum present, the meeting was called to order.
Mr. Mike Morley of Waste Management is present tonight to explain their e-recycling program “At Your Door”. This is a convenient cost effective way for residents to dispose of electronics and hazardous material. Residents will be able to request a pickup by phone, on-line, or email to a separate customer service center. The resident is then contacted asking what and how much is needed to be disposed. A kit containing a bag with instructions is mailed to the resident. After filling, this will be left on the front porch/garage for pickup by specially trained drivers. The City will receive a detailed feedback report as to who used the program and what items were collected. The cost is $1.25 per household per month. Mr. Morley stated this program is more advantageous than waiting for a one day collection event.
This will be up for future discussion.
OPEN TO PUBLIC
Alderman Stachnik moved to open the meeting to the public. Alderman Ferrero second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, McAvoy, McHugh, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.
Mr. Frank Halper
9341 S. 84th Ct.
Mr. Halper stated there is a problem with speeders in his area and he would like to see devices that could automatically dispense tickets. Alderman McAvoy noted we are not Home Ruled and only the City of Chicago can post speed limit cameras and issue tickets. Also, Mr. Halper noted the tree branches on the parkway at 93rd Street and 84th Court are obstructing drivers’ vision. Alderman Szeszycki stated these trees were trimmed back years ago, but the owner does not maintain them. It was suggested to have a letter sent to the homeowner by the Police Department every year to trim these branches and, if not, they would be removed by Public Works.
CLOSE TO PUBLIC
Alderman McAvoy moved to close the meeting to the public. Alderman Waight second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, McAvoy, McHugh, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.
JOURNAL OF PROCEEDINGS
Alderman McHugh moved to approve the minutes of the regularly scheduled meeting of June 9, 2016 as printed subject to deletions or corrections. Alderman Waight second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, McHugh, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. Alderman Fonte and Alderman McAvoy pass. So approved.
REPORTS OF CITY OFFICIALS
Mayor Howley was absent. No report submitted.
City Clerk Catizone is in receipt of a Block Party request for the 85th Avenue Block from Lisa Lane to 89th Street on July 3, 2016. No objections were noted.
City Clerk Catizone reported the City is in receipt of the annual community support check from Waste Management in the amount of $7,500.00.
City Clerk Catizone has received a letter from MWRD, advising that effective December 31, 2016 the MWRD will discontinue the free rain barrel program. They will return to their prior program of selling rain barrels at cost on the MWRD’s website (mwrd.org). She noted the City has ordered 366 rain barrels as of today.
City Clerk Catizone thanked Buttercrumb Bakery for the delicious treats they brought in this evening. They will be closing on their new business property next week.
City Clerk Catizone noted she will again be selling raffle tickets to support the City’s Discretionary Fund at the Street Fair. A split the pot will be held at the kickoff concert and the raffle drawing will be held on Sunday at 6:00 p.m. Anyone wishing to volunteer can contact her at the Clerk’s Office.
Lastly, City Clerk Catizone informed the Council she will not be at July 14th Council meeting. She will be hosting the Municipal Clerks of Illinois at a Summer Seminar in Naperville. She noted Chris Doherty will be attending this meeting.
Mr. Spolar stated there was one bid submitted at the letting of Tuesday, June 14, 2016 for the 2016 Micro-Surfacing Project. Mr. Spolar is recommending award of the contract to AC Pavement Striping Company for the bid amount of $101,737.05. Alderman Waight moved to approve this contract award to AC Pavement Striping Company in the amount of $101,737.05. Alderman Ferrero second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, McAvoy, McHugh, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.
Mr. Spolar presented Invoice #8896 from Hasse Construction Company for work done on the 2015 Drainage Improvements (pay estimate #7, partial) in the amount of $162,470.71. Alderman Ferrero moved to approve the payment to Hasse Construction in the amount of $162,470.71. Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, McAvoy, McHugh, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.
Alderman Szeszycki moved to approve the bills payable for the second half of June 2016 in the amount of $248,323.90. Alderman McHugh second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, McAvoy, McHugh, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.
Alderman Szeszycki distributed the latest Video Gaming Revenue Report.
No report submitted.
Ms. Lehr reported after the June 22nd storm, there was no flooding or property damage complaints and branch cleanup is underway.
Ms. Lehr also stated regarding the Water Meter Replacement Program, Section 5, Public Works will issue a P.O. to HD Supply for 935 meters for $105,000.00 of the budgeted amount. Meters will be released for delivery as needed.
Alderman McHugh thanked Public Works for repairing a trip hazard in front of the Community Center with concrete. This is an improvement and looks great.
Waight/Laws & Ordinances
No report submitted.
Fonte/Health & Environmental Control
No report submitted.
Ferrero/Community Affairs/Youth Advisory
Alderman Ferrero updated the Council regarding the Street Fair. Currently, there are 76 crafters, 21 food vendors and 8 businesses with a few more crafters expected to show up on Sunday.
The date for the 5K Run and Halloween Party is set for Saturday, October 29th.
McAvoy/Chamber Business Development
Alderman McAvoy reported a Chamber networking luncheon was held at Prime Time on June 15th. It was well attended with some new business people introduced.
He also reported the bingo tent will be ready for Sunday with $6,000 to $7,000 in prizes. He thanked all who helped with gathering these donations.
Alderman McHugh stated anyone who would like to volunteer at the beer tent would be appreciated.
Alderman Ferrero reported Olympia Bakery will open on Sunday morning from 6:00 a.m. to 9:30/10:00 a.m. to accommodate the people setting up for the Street Fair.
Alderman McHugh stated there is a list of 7 or 8 houses needing grass cutting. He was informed the charge could be according to lot size.
Alderman Ferrero moved to adjourn until the next regular or specially called meeting. Alderman Waight second. Roll Call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, McAvoy, McHugh, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.
Meeting adjourned at 8:28 p.m.